Relegation-threatened Aston Villa have a tricky away day against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, as the Birmingham-based outfit continue their search for Premier League points.
Dean Smith’s side are not playing well and enter the game on the back of four consecutive defeats in all competitions.
However, Villa will be up against a Leicester side who are also not in the best of form after having lost their previous two consecutive league games themselves.
Leicester did win the reverse fixture 4-1 at Villa Park in December but Villa can take inspiration from the fact that they claimed the League Cup semi-final tie between the two teams this season.
Villa will have to make do without the services of midfielder John McGinn though he could make his comeback against Chelsea on 14 March, according to BBC Sport.
The report added that Orjan Nyland could be set to start in goal ahead of Pep Reina after he impressed during the league cup final defeat against Manchester City.
It will be essential that Jack Grealish maintains his good form if Villa are to avoid relegation this season.
The 24-year-old has been involved in 38% of the 34 league goals which Villa have scored this season.
A win for Villa against the Foxes will take him out of the relegation zone.
They can ill-afford to carry on losing consecutive league games at this point of the season as it could end up making survival difficult to achieve as time progresses.
A series of wins from here on will ensure top-flight football for next season as well as up the confidence of the squad.
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