King Power Stadium
League Cup • Semifinal
  • 2nd Half
  • Leicester City
  • Aston Villa
  • NakambaLansbury
  • TielemansAlbrighton
  • Konsa
  • El GhaziVassilev
  • Iheanacho
  • PérezIheanacho
  • TrezeguetHourihane
  • 1/2 Time
  • Leicester City
  • Aston Villa
  • PraetChoudhury
  • 1st Half
  • Leicester City
  • Aston Villa
  • Vardy
  • El Ghazi
  • Guilbert

Leicester City - Aston Villa
League Cup - 8 January 2020

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But Villa hold on... only after Soyuncu heads straight at Nyland!

Full-time at the King Power and it's all-square heading into the second leg at Villa Park in three weeks' time.


All Leicester...


THREE minutes added on.... Anyone for a first-leg winner?


Choudhury fouls Grealish and that gives Villa some respite. Not long to go now... shouldn't be too much added time either.


Final sub for Villa - Lansbury on for Nakamba.


You wouldn't think there was another leg in this tie - Leicester are going for it, and Villa too - a 1-1 would be good for the visitors, but they're taking some chances.


SIDE NETTING! Vardy runs across Guilbert to meet Pereira's through ball - he goes for the near post but it rustles the side netting to Villa's relief.


On comes Albrighton to face his former side. On for Tielemans.


Just before that goal, Konsa went in the book for time wasting, while Vassilev came on for El Ghazi...

  • Kelechi Iheanacho
    GoalKelechi IheanachoLeicester CityVilla the masters of their own downfall here.... They have a free-kick in their own half, but Luiz is too slow when receiving the pass. He's intercepted by Choudhury and the ball is played to Iheanacho, who lifts the ball over Nyland.

Villa the masters of their own downfall here.... They have a free-kick in their own half, but Luiz is too slow when receiving the pass. He's intercepted by Choudhury and the ball is played to Iheanacho, who lifts the ball over Nyland.





SAVE! Maddison latches onto Ricardo's through ball but it's a narrow angle and Nyland makes the stop.


It has been a busy busy busy evening for Villa's defenders but they've performed valiantly so far. Difficult to beat with three at the back, you imagine Smith will stick with that in the league too, having also done so in the win at Burnley.


And now a change up front for Leicester. On comes Iheanacho for Perez.


Villa make their first sub, with Hourihane coming on for Trezeguet.


Mings doing his Euro 2020 chances no harm this evening!


Attack vs defence.


SAVE! Good stop from Nyland, who denies Maddison after the midfielder nutmegs Hause to create room for the shot inside the area.


18 minutes into this second half and 41% of the play has been in Villa's own third. Just the 7% down the other end.


BLOCKED! Another deep cross from Maddison pays off this time, as Perez collects and plays it back to Choudhury, who sees his low shot blocked by, you guessed it, Mings.


Maddison's cross is poor - way too deep, and after Perez goes to recover it, Nakamba ends up winning a throw-in for the visitors.


Mings clears another cross and it's another Leicester corner.


Villa a man down now with El Ghazi's nose bleeding... Leicester look to pounce but it's Mings to the rescue as he clears a dangerous cross.


A break from defending for Villa as they go on the counter, but it's a disappointing pass from Trezeguet, and now down the other side Leicester have a corner... which Hause clears.


21 players in the Villa half. Tells you all you need to know, but Leicester still can't find a way through.


Foxes are flying at the moment but just need to turn this fast start to the second half into goals.

Could play into Villa's hands too when going on the counter...


Another Leicester corner. It's played short. Maddison crosses it. Mings heads out for... another Leicester corner.

It's Trezeguet who picks up the loose ball from that corner, but the referee waves away his claims for a free-kick.


Positive start to the half from Leicester, who win a corner early on. Maddison takes, and it's Mings who sees his header ricochet off Chilwell and hand Villa a goal-kick.

2nd HALF 

RIght then! We're back, Leicester get the second half under way.

Half-time sub for the hosts, too, with Hamza Choudhury on for Praet.


Maddison sees an effort deflect off Mings and go out for a corner... which comes to nothing and that's half-time.

Villa lead thanks to Guilbert, and they could have had a second when Konsa's header rattled the bar.

Leicester had been on top... but they trail going into the break.


One minute added on.

This is how close Villa came to a second...


Funny old game, this. Villa could, perhaps should, be two clear!


OFF THE BAR! Pereira goes off for some treatment, and Leicester are a man down as Grealish whips in a wonderful ball which is met by Konsa, but his header rattles the bar with Schmeichel nowhere to be seen.


Some nice skill from El Ghazi and he draws the foul from Pereira. Chance for Villa to cross one it... but there'll be a hold-up as Pereira has a cut on his cheek.


Safe to say the home fans are stunned, they can hardly believe their side are a goal down.

The Villa supporters are in good voice, unsurprisingly.


Now it's Vardy in the book for catching Konsa late when the VIlla defender was clearing the ball.


First booking of the evening and it's for El Ghazi, who brings down Tielemans late when the Leicester midfielder was looking to counter.


Also worth mentioning that goal came just moments after Guilbert was caught out at the back with Chilwell stealing in behind.

This time, the other way round.


Here's a look at that opener...


Indeed... Six Leicester attempts.

That was Villa's first...

  • Frederic Guilbert
    GoalFrederic GuilbertAston VillaAfter some patient build-up play, the ball is with El Ghazi out wide, and it's his cross which is met by Guilbert, who gets there ahead of Chilwell to put the visitors ahead!

After some patient build-up play, the ball is with El Ghazi out wide, and it's his cross which is met by Guilbert, who gets there ahead of Chilwell to put the visitors ahead!


GOAL VILLA! Well, well, well... that must be their first shot!


Leicester just ramping up the pressure now. Guilbert is drawn in and that frees up Chilwell, whose cross finds Mings after the Villa defender sticks out a leg.


Free-kick out wide and Maddison opts to go for goal. It's not a bad effort, but it goes wide beyond the far post.


VARDY DENIED! So many times the Leicester forward has finished these off, but from six yards out, at an angle, Vardy's effort is straight at Nyland when you expected him to roll it into the far corner.


Villa struggling going forward at the moment, but they've also looked pretty secure at the back. They'd take a 0-0 here. The rest of us are screaming for something to happen.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium on January 8, 2020 in Leicester, England

SAVE! Nakamba's header back goes past Mings and Vardy pounces on the loose ball, forcing Nyland to parry an effort wide.


Another free-kick for Leicester and Maddison's cross picks out Evans, whose header is a yard or so wide.


Villa clear the corner, and normal service is resumed. That was comfortably as close as either side have come so far. Both just adapting to the rainy conditions, it would seem.


JUST WIDE! Was just writing about how not much was happening... and moments later Perez fizzes an effort just wide of the far post, which actually takes a deflection.


Heavy first touch out wide from Luiz just prevents him from having enough time to pick out a good cross. His ball in eventually deflects towards Schmeichel.


Villa without a striker tonight and it's El Ghazi currently occupying the central role with Grealish and Trezeguet either side.

Difficult to fault them so far - most of the play has been in the central third, Leicester slightly edging possession.


Vardy nudges Konsa off the ball and gives away the foul. Touch and go, but the Leicester striker doesn't protest too much.


VAR in place tonight, in case you were wondering.




Free-kick for Leicester gives Maddison a chance to whip one in.... it goes deep, but it's Hause who beats Soyuncu to the ball and Nyland gathers it.


While we're in the early stages of this one, remember the last League Cup semi-final you played, Villa fans?

You probably made yourself forget...


And away we go!

Leicester favourites for this one, but it's a cup tie, so you just never know...


Right then. Schmeichel and Grealish lead the teams out. Flags aplenty at the King Power.


Brendan Rodgers. Cup God.

He has progressed from his last 30 domestic cup ties with Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester - the last team to beat Rodgers was... Aston Villa! In the FA Cup semi-final in 2014-15, when he was Liverpool manager.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City celebrates after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City

A throwback to that meeting 20 years ago...

England's saviour Gareth Southgate there trying to tackle Muzzy Izzet! A simpler time.

Gareth Southgate of Villa tries to tackle Muzzy Izzet

20 years later...

Leicester and Aston Villa met in the League Cup semi-final the last time the Foxes reached this stage in 1999-00, with Leicester winning 1-0 on aggregate and going on to lift the trophy.

Let's hope for more goals this time around.


Leicester will be favourites tonight, and to advance into the final overall, but Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is not deterred.

"I prefer to play away first, but the key thing is making sure we're still in the tie. We've got to strike the balance between being cautious and trying to win. If you sit back and defend against Leicester, they've got players who can hurt you."


It's chucking it down, to put it politely, at the King Power Stadium. Could be a scrappy one.


It has been 20 years since Leicester reached a final, but Brendan Rodgers is only looking forward in his quest to create new history at the club.

"I'm aware the club hasn't been to a final for 20 years so let's get there then," he said. "Let's not be worried too much about the past. Let's create this new history but we know we're going to have to play well to get there.

"It's always nice when you have something tangible to show for your progress. The players have been amazing so if you can do that it would be great. You can still do some great work as a team and as a club and not win but our ambition is to win.

"Any team that wins anything you have to move onto the next focus and target."


Villa need a striker in the January transfer window, and that's enough of a seamless link to tell you to watch our latest Euro Papers video.... featuring Gareth Bale. Of course.

Video - David Beckham in race to sign Gareth Bale - Euro Papers


Ignoring Villa's team at Fulham for the FA Cup on Saturday, it's two enforced changes from the side that beat Burnley in the Premier League on New Year's Day.

Tom Heaton and Wesley are out for the season - in come Orjan Nyland and Anwar El Ghazi... with Jonathan Kodjia not featuring at all. An injury, you would imagine, given he's Villa's only recognised striker at the moment.


Guess who's back for Leicester? It's... Jamie Vardy (that's so 2019, I hear you say).

The Foxes striker is back having missed the last three games due to the birth of his daughter, and then a calf injury. Picked up in the delivery room perhaps.

Regardless, it means the man who stuck two past Villa last month leads the line once more for Leicester.


Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Chilwell, Praet, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Vardy / Subs: Ward, Justin, Benkovic, Choudhury, Albrighton, Barnes, Iheanacho

Aston Villa XI: Nyland, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Guilbert, Luiz, Nakamba, Taylor, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Grealish / Subs: Kalinic, Elmohamady, Chester, Hourihane, Lansbury, Jota, Vassilev


Evening all, and welcome along to the live text coverage of Leicester vs Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final first leg.

Manchester City took control of their tie against city rivals Manchester United last night - can either side do likewise tonight?

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT. Stay here for updates throughout - let's take a look at the teams first...