Date: 8th January 2020 at 9:58pm
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Leicester City
1 – 1
Aston Villa

King Power Stadium

EFL Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg

8/01/2020 8:00 pm

Attendance: 31280

Referee: Kavanagh

Leicester City Aston Villa
Iheanacho (74) Guilbert (28)
Schmeichel Nyland
Soyuncu Konsa
Evans Mings
Fuchs Hause
Pereira Guilbert
Tielemans 79 Taylor
Praet 45 Douglas Luiz
Maddison Nakamba 86
Chilwell Trezeguet 67
Perez 69 El Ghazi


Justin Chester
Albrighton 79 Lansbury 86
Ward Hourihane 67
Iheanacho 69 Jota
Barnes Elmohamady
Benkovic Kalinic
Choudhury 45 Vassilev 74

Game Statistics

21 Goal attempts 3
6 On Target 1
11 Corners 0
16 Fouls 13
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
70 % 30

With mixed Premier League form for Aston Villa, we have also recently dealt with the disappointing defeat to Fulham in the FA Cup but earlier this evening we had the opportunity to keep one route to Wembley alive as we travelled to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City in the Semi-Final first leg tie of the EFL Cup.

Given our injury situation, we arguably went as strong as we could with the lineup but there was a twist as an ‘ill’ Jonathan Kodjia was ruled out and head coach Dean Smith went all Manchester City with no recognised striker on the pitch.

The first half wasn’t great, but we were spirited and we were tighter defensively (despite our own avoidable errors) and completely against the run of play Anwar El Ghazi whipped in a ball and Freddy Guilbert was on the end of it to make it 1-0.

It should’ve been 2-0 as well but sadly Ezri Konsa could only find the woodwork. Leicester had a few chances themselves but when they did get through, Orjan Nyland was up to the task.

So could we continue it?

In short no, we continued with our own errors and they stepped up a gear and from a totally avoidable error, they got the leveller.

With that said, despite dominating possession and having 21 chances overall, they only got six on target as the system gave us far more defensive strength and cover and the only effort that tested Nyland was their goal in my humble.

Massive positives, massive negatives that show how far we have to go, but tied going into the Villa Park leg is something we’d all have taken…right?

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2 Replies to “Villa Close To An Upset But We Cost Ourselves Again – Match Stats”

  • Jack is a god. Nyland looks like the keeper we all hoped he would be. A bit of time to acclimatise and pressure off at 3rd choice and the kid looks a world beater. The back three were great. Guilbert did well. 6 good, 5 poor but the system really works and we got a draw at a full strength Leicester. Just a shame it has taken Deano so long to figure it out. Missing McGinn. I think Luiz has it but needs to mature and not give the ball away so often. AEG frustratingly inconsistent and doesn’t look really fit to me. Trez may come good.Missed Wes, or a no. 9. Nakamba is going backwards every game from his debut. Taylor is a complete waste of a jersey.

  • How can you say Taylor is a waste of a Jersey when – – Nakamba and Luiz have to be up there with the worst footballers ever to put on a Villa shirt. They constantly passed to the Leicester team, and constantly lost possession. Konsa and Hause were terrible. Konsa useless at the free kick for Leicesters goal. and Luiz losing the ball. It was Nyland, Mings, Guilbert (who had a better game than normal), Taylor, who were our defence. Jack was brilliant in the way he took the ball away from our goal to spaces. clever player. Held the ball well. Trezeguet – what is the point. We have to get rid of Nakamba and Luiz out of this team. Too many mistakes. Luiz 100% totally over rated. He is such a poor footballer. Nakamba is just ridiculously rubbish. good result. But saved by the likes of Nyland, Mings, Jack….

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