We live in Villa Park for today’s showdown between Dean Smith’s Villa and Brendan Rodger’s Soaring Foxes, with Villa winning the opposite game in October

It’s game day again in B6 as Villa tries to get back to winning ways against Leicester City this afternoon

Dean Smith admitted this week how he deleted the match video from last week’s goalless draw in Brighton and returned it to a rare off-night

Fast forward a week and it’s soaring Leicester standing in Villa’s way as Smith tries to recover by outwitting Brendan Rodgers’ men

As for the team news, Smith will be without the injured Matty Cash for the next three to four weeks after his hamstring injury, while Ahmed Elmohamady is expected to start in his place

The guests were 0-0 for Leicester on Thursday evening in Prague, but Rodgers will have full-backs Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira back in the competition

Stay with us for all pre-game info, confirmed team news, kick-by-kick coverage, player ratings, and post-game reactions

Ashley Preece, Aston Villa correspondent, will be on the Trinity Road stand before, during and after the booth, scrambling for news on the table The dedicated loft DOWN will be updated automatically

Leicester strolling through this mansion was guilty for the entire half when he gave them the ball back Traore, Barkley, Douglas Luiz and others had bad games McGinn is on his way and El Ghazi tries to create something if he gets the ball, but it’s such a one-sided half here as Leicester wins another corner

Barkley delivers again, but it’s exaggerated again. Ball finds McGinn on the edge of the box and he blazes past with an optimistic half volley

Barkley whips into the corner – but finds no one Douglas Luiz then picks it up, but Konsa gets no contact with his header near the post

Tielemans runs away from Barkley, Vardy picks up the ball, Martinez spills his shot, and Barnes mops up the loose ball to shoot high into the back of the net

Elmohamady was guilty of watching the ball as Barnes picks up the second ball before teeing off Maddison who had too much time to hit deep into the farthest corner

Tielemans and Thomas work together to block Traore’s targeted efforts It was a great build-up job by Watkins, who retreated to El Ghazi before the Dutchman tried to find Traore’s good defense by Leicester after Villa’s first meaningful attack in the 17th century Minute

Really positive run from El Ghazi picking up two and forcing the problem and throwing in Villa for the first time we’ve seen Ghazi stretch his legs – today for Grealish

Harvey Barnes races to the left after a one-two with Thomas. His shot is blocked by Konsa and goes to the corner

Maddison falls short, it comes to Thomas and Leicester who are forced to play before Ricardo hits Elmohamady and goes back again

Maddison delivers an outward corner, with the ricochet falling on Luke Thomas, but for another corner Mings is distracted with the block

Ricardo with the first shot of the game after just 39 seconds Martinez claims with ease

The two managers face each other in a short time when the third-placed Leicester starts for today’s 2 in Villa Park Showdown at 5 p.m.

You have been fantastic for me this season Because of the way they were created, always follow them when it comes to play-offs to attract new players

There was a lot Dean dealt with last season, but they got over the line, stayed up and that gave them the summer to invest in the roster and stabilize everything

They won very good players The goalkeeper gave them that assurance, Ross Barkley is a fantastic player, Jack Grealish is one of the top players for me at this level, he is such an outstanding talent and he makes everyone else better

And Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash come in, these are two boys who have shown a hunger to be successful at the highest level and who can really spread within the group

I think one game a week you can prep and get ready, and they come into every game and have essentially played very well

We had a very close game against them at the beginning of the season, they achieved the goal towards the end. They have shown that they are a quality team and we are looking forward to a hopefully good game

Well, in terms of possible changes today, Morgan Sanson did well on his brief cameo against Brighton last week and is closer than ever to Smith’s starting XI

That could happen knowing your energies are needed against Leicester, but a meaningful change could be the inclusion of Marvelous Nakamba, who is a: Leicester’s future ability and b: James Maddison in his Nr10 role

However, we believe that Smith could potentially compete with Sanson on his first start:

Leicester last time out against Liverpool (won 3-1): Schmeichel; Amartey, Evans, Soyuncu, Pereira; N’didi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy

Dean Smith was quick to laugh at suggestions linking Ezri Konsa with a suspicious move to Liverpool or Tottenham

The 23-year-old has met with great interest from both Liverpool and Spurs, according to The Athletic The two clubs should keep an eye on the impressive central defender

He’s definitely not going to be distracted I’m not sure if Ezri reads newspapers, but he probably saw them online, somewhere I would have thought

But I’m definitely going to give him some ribs and I’m sure the guys have already done that!

He’s excellent in his position at the moment and he’s been one of our best players this season and has done really well. He’s very consistent and reliable

That’s what I wanted him to do. I wanted him to get out of his game when his focus waned, and he did really well and is now an established player

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has detailed how the opposition beat him over the past few weeks but said “I have a football brain good enough to adapt”

The talented skipper has failed to meet his usual standards in Villa’s last three Premier League games, and Brighton beat him again last weekend

To be honest, the last three games have been the toughest – just because I feel like I’m at West Ham, Brighton and a little bit against Arsenal has made the opposition ready to stop me

But that’s up to me. It happens to all good players around the world. It’s up to the good players to do something different in the game

Aston Villa will face one of them today when Marc Albrighton returns to Villa Park

The 31-year-old was a favorite for Brendan Rodgers this season and started for the twelfth time last week in an impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool

Young Villan spent 16 years at Bodymoor Heath, switching from boy to man after making his first-team debut under then coach Martin O’Neill on the opening day of the 2009-10 season

He talked about his exit and why he decided to move to Leicester for free in 2014:

I looked at Leicester and the stability they had there in the long run was the players that they had

They were my kind of players who want to work hard for each other. It was the best move I could have hoped for

And as annoyed as I was to leave Villa she didn’t offer me a contract, the best thing that happened to me was because it was all on the table; Regardless of whether it is a year or a pay-as-you-play, I would have signed, because that was my club

Aston Villa has been my life since I was young I would probably say that I got a bit complacent there and never really pushed as much as I could

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