ASTON VILLA 1-4 Leicester City

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Smith watched on as Villa failed to show against Southampton

Aston Villa was humbled by Leicester City 4-1 at Villa Park thanks to Jamie Vardy’s double that extended the strikers return to 16 goals this term.

Dean Smith opted to start Douglas Luiz and Anwar El Ghazi over Conor Hourihane and Trezeguet in the only changes since a loss at Stamford Bridge last week. Frederic Guilbert was also left out after serving a one-match suspension.

Speedy Vardy

El Ghazi surrendered the best chance Villa made all game as he struck the bar from only yards out. The Dutchman and Villa were soon after made to pay for such a costly miss.

Vardy raced onto Kelechi Iheanacho’s through ball before rousing Tom Heaton on the 20th minute. Even after slipping over, the league’s top scorer found the net after composing himself in-font of the Holte End.

Grealish with Villa's only goal against LeicesterIheanacho went from creator to goalscorer later in the half as he headed Leicester into a 2-0 lead. Though Jack Grealish later halved the deficit by striking across Kasper Schmeichel following a corner. That’s Grealish’s fourth of the Premier League season, and eighth goal contribution in what looks set to be his most prolific campaign yet.

Switched off

Having rescued a goal back on the stroke of half time, Villa switched off as the second begun to hand back a two-goal advantage to their visitors. Jonny Evans made full use of the space he found inside Villa’s box from a James Maddison corner kick.

Vardy raced through on goal once more to make the scoreline even more emphatic for the Foxes who have consolidated second place after Manchester City and Chelsea both failed to win at the weekend.

Bramall Lane awaits for Smith’s men who will then contest six points over the Christmas period against Southampton and Norwich.

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