The second semifinal in the Carabao Cup faces two teams who are on opposite sides of the Premier League table as Leicester City host Aston Villa in leg one. These two clubs have met seven times in the League Cup with Leicester City winning four games, Aston Villa winning once and two games finishing in draws.
Leicester City has lifted the League Cup three times, most recently during the 1999-2000 season, and have finished as runners-up on two other occasions. The Foxes five finals appearances is good for ninth all-time.
Aston Villa have a rich League Cup history having lifting the Cup five times, most recently in the 1995-1996 season, and finishing as runners-up three times. The five titles is tied for third most titles all-time and their eight finals appearances is also tied for third all-time.
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Leicester City (-250) vs Aston Villa (+550) Draw (+330)
Leicester City got a comfortable FA Cup draw and easily beat Championship side Wigan 2-0 last weekend. Two first half goals for the Foxes, one an own goal by Wigan, allowed Leicester to cruise in the second half and prepare for this League Cup clash. Leicester has seven wins, two losses and one draw over their last 10 games across all competitions and have now won their last three games by a combined 7-1 score. At home in the Premier League the Foxes have seven wins, two draws and one loss, good for 23 points and fourth in the league.
Aston Ville draw Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup, but fell on the road 2-1 this past weekend. The game was 0-0 at the half, but a crazy 20 minute stretch saw Fulham take a 1-0 lead, then Aston Villa tie it up 10 minutes later and then, finally, Fulham take the 2-1 lead 10 minutes after that. Villa have three wins, six losses and one draw in their last 10 games across all competitions. In the Premier League Aston Villa are the third worst road team having two wins, eight losses and one draw for just seven total points.
Series History: Leicester City won 4-1, on the road, a few weeks back and now leads the all-time series 42-24-33.
Game Prediction: I expect Leicester City to win this one easily, so I am backing Leicester City -1 (+125) on Wednesday.
2020 Results: 3-1