Aston Villa vs Leicester City Prediction, 12/5/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Aston Villa vs Leicester City
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
Odds/Point Spread: Aston Villa (+162) Leicester City (+162)
Ollie Watkins and Aston Villa (5-1-8, 13th in the EPL) host Leicester City (5-4-5, 10th in the EPL) at Villa Park on Sunday. The goalies expected to start will be Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa and Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City. The odds on this game have Aston Villa coming in at +162 and the Foxes are at +162. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Aston Villa faced off with Manchester City in their most recent match and ended up losing by a score of 2-1. In the passing game, they ended the game with a 81.4% passes received rate by converting 284 out of their 349 targeted passes last match. Aston Villa attempted 8 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 4 of the attempts for a rate of 50.0%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Aston Villa walked away from the pitch at a 33.3% rate by putting 3 SoT of 9 total shots. Aston Villa has an average of 1.29 goals per 90 min (18 goals in total) and have racked up 14 assists In all contests for the year.
Ollie Watkins is a guy who should impact this matchup for Aston Villa. He has totaled 25 assists while earning 32 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Watkins has been given a starting assignment in 223 matchups in his career while he scores 0.37 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing England has earned 84 goals in 20,252 professional minutes played.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Danny Ings, the forward representing England. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times during his career and he has scored 92 goals. Ings has played 19,040 mins in 218 starts and has been handed 21 yellow card warnings. He sports an average of 0.43 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Aston Villa will be Emiliano Martinez. Martinez (45-26-49 record during his career) has 40 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 33.3% shutout percentage. The keeper born in Argentina has seen 554 shots sent in his direction in 120 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.3 (156 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 73.5. Martinez has seen the field for 10,849 minutes and has earned 405 saves in his career.
For their last match, Leicester City went home with a draw by a final score of 2-2 against Southampton. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 372 out of their 402 passes they attempted for a percentage of 92.5%. Leicester City finished the match with a 73.3% successful dribble percentage by converting 11 out of the 15 dribbles they attempted. Leicester City landed 6 shots tried out of the team's 15 shots tried which had them sitting at a 40.0% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 22 goals and 16 assists in all their matches, Leicester City averages 1.57 goals and 1.14 assists per 90 min.
Jamie Vardy should provide a spark for Leicester City. He has an average of 0.56 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 328 matches during his soccer career. The forward from England has been on the field for 28,597 professional minutes while scoring 178 goals. He has totaled 39 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 58 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for James Maddison, the midfielder representing England. He has scored 46 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 32 different times. Maddison has been handed a total of 24 yellow card warnings in 14,715 minutes played (166 starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.28.
Kasper Schmeichel will reside in front of the net for Leicester City. Schmeichel has accumulated 183 shutouts while seeing 2,207 shots attempted against him in 49,424 career minutes. He holds a save percentage of 72.4 and his clean sheet rate is currently 33.3%. He has conceded 1.15 goals per 90 and he has a record of 250-141-160. In his career, Schmeichel has surrendered 634 goals and has racked up 1,596 stops in 549 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Leicester City (+162)
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