Results from 10th June 2020
Game 1: Leicester City 0 – 3 Aston Villa
Game 2: Aston Villa 0 – 1 Leicester City
Villa and Leicester played out two friendly training sessions as both sides seek match fitness ahead of the Premier League’s restart.
Whilst there is little in the way of detailed information about the warm up clashes, we do know that the games took place at both Villa Park and the King Power stadiums. The warm up games saw both sides send a team in the opposite direction to play out two friendlies, with one kicking off at midday in Brum, with the other an evening clash in Leicester.
We can see from the above Trezeguet goal that Villa scored from a well worked move in the evening match at the KP that finished 3-0 to Villa. This game saw the hosts field England international Jamie Vardy, with Villa’s current Chelsea loanee and former title winner with the foxes, Danny Drinkwater, appearing too.
Jota, Conor Hourihane, Keinan Davis, Kortney Hause and Matt Targett were also spied amongst a number of younger faces featured in a short clip released on Leicesters official Youtube channel. Orjan Nyland was in goal for Villa, appearing in images posted to Leicester’s site.
There was little to glean from the reverse encounter at Villa Park, but this non-competitive match saw Leicester field their first team defence and goalkeeper (Kasper Schmeichel, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu and Ben Chilwell). It’s perhaps of little surprise that the visitors didn’t concede, in a match they apparently won 1-0.
VILLA VS. WEST BROM
The other warm up friendly was held last Saturday (6th June) and saw Villa and the Albion draw 2-2 at Villa Park.
The highlight appears certainly to have been a fine lobbed effort scored by Jack Grealish:
Grealish again underlines his importance in Villa’s run in, scoring this cheeky finish past former team-mate Sam Johnstone, between the sticks for the Baggies.
Keinan Davis grabbed Villa’s other goal in this home draw, with John McGinn getting valuable game time on his return from long term injury. The Scottish Writers’ Player of the Year featured for 30 minutes, as Villa twice coming from behind against our local neighbours from The Championship.
Grosicki and Krovinovic were reportedly the goalscorers for the visitors, with the match ending two each.
Villa are now set to resume a relegation battle this coming Wednesday evening, kicking off project restart after the Premier League was paused due to Covid-19.
We have put together a full and comprehensive match preview for Villa vs Sheffield United here.
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