[quote_center]The [Villa] midfielder has covered just over 150km already this season – guess who?[/quote_center]
Aston Villa v Leicester – Sunday 16:00
Villa Stat Attack
Following on from six back-to-back defeats, Aston Villa have once again found some good form in the league, and go into this fixture unbeaten in the last four league games. Their win this week over South London based side Crystal Palace will provide them with the confidence they need to get and repeat that achievement in front of their home fans against newly promoted Leicester City.
The [Villa] midfielder has covered just over 150km already this season
The Villans will be thrilled that their star striker Christian Benteke is back to scoring ways, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows why he is such a threat. Whilst not having been involved as much as he would like through injury, Benteke will always be a threat up top due to his work rate, which has also seen him win 75% of his tackles this season. He has hit a top speed of 32.88km/h so far this season, and his strength, pace and work-rate could see him add to his goals tally this weekend.
With Benteke being absent for a large part of the start of the season, the goal scoring responsibility fell on the shoulders of Andreas Weimann , who has duly delivered. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the Austrian international has hit the target with 60% of his shots, converting 20% of his overall shots on goal. He remains Villa’s joint top scorer and his work rate remains the same, having won 68% of his 25 tackles so far this term. Weimann though misses the Foxes game through suspension.
Behind the two Villas threats up front, Ashley Westwood has been quietly getting on with his business, as revealed by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The 24-year-old English midfielder has covered just over 150km already this season, and will look to make his fitness count in the match, certainly as it wears on. He has also won 68% of his 22 tackles this season and made 20 interceptions, and will be hoping that his work rate can see him come out on top in the battle for the midfield.
Aston Villa are the only side yet to see a single substitute score or assist a Premier League goal for them this season.
Overall in their 90 Premier League games under Paul Lambert, just three goals have been scored by an Aston Villa substitute.
Leicester Stat Attack
Sunday’s visitors to Villa Park are fellow midlands based Leicester City, who will be looking to re-capture their early season form that saw them beat teams such as Manchester United. However, the Foxes are now without a win in nine games and will be hoping that they can reverse their fortunes come the weekend.
Key to Leicester getting anything out of the game will be solidifying things at the back, and they will look to Ritchie De Laet to deliver this for them. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the former Manchester United full back has won 71.2% of his 66 tackles, making 77 clearances. He has also made a staggering 41 interceptions, which may present him with the opportunity to get forward and double his assists tally for the season.
In midfield, Leicester will be hoping that wide man Riyad Mahrez can continue his bright start to the season, as noted by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Algerian international has both created and scored a goal a piece, and he will be looking to add to his five completed crosses so far this campaign to turn provider again. He has also completed 22 dribbles so far this term and will give the option of delivery or taking on the man, which will make it tough for his opposing full back.
The man he will be looking to provide is Argentinian forward Leonardo Ulloa. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows just how important he is to The Foxes, having scored five goals so far this campaign. He has also won 23 tackles so far this season, made 21 tackles and nine interceptions, but the Leicester faithful will hope to see him going forward rather than defending.
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