Match Report: Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa

This article first featured in Edition #14 of the RMD magazine (March 10, 2020)

Jamie Vardy ended a nine-game goal drought when he netted twice during the Foxes’ comfortable 4-0 victory over Aston Villa, maintaining their steady position inside the Champions League places.

A moment of madness from experienced Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina cost Aston Villa the opening goal of the game, as Harvey Barnes took advantage of Reina’s baffling decision to race from his box.

Taking the lead five minutes before the half time interval, Leicester from then on out asserted their complete control over the game. Brendan Rodgers’ men never looked in doubt, and kept pressing with the same intensity after the break too.

In the 63rd minute, Tyrone Mings was penalised by for a handball and up stepped Vardy to convert the penalty kick with his first touch of the match.

Vardy has been missing for the past couple of weeks for Leicester with a calf injury, but even prior to that had been struggling in front of goal – having last scored against Manchester City back in December 21, 2019.

Since then, Vardy had gone nine games across the league and cup without scoring.

Vardy then convincingly put the goalscoring troubles behind him when he drilled in a finish at the near post in the 79th minute, as Leicester went into a 3-0 lead. Given the 33-year-old former England international only entered the field of play as a 59th minute substitute for Kelechi Iheanacho and managed only seven touches of the ball – the fact two of them were goals is rather impressive.

Barnes then completed the impressive goal rout when he seized upon a Mark Albrighton cross to blast home a powerful finish.

It was as much as Barnes deserved, given his industrious performance throughout the match as the young English winger continues to impress and develop into a leading Premier League talent.

The resounding result boosts Leicester’s Champions League qualification chances, with the 2016 title winners now sitting eight points above fifth-placed Manchester United, with nine matches remaining in the current league campaign.

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side meanwhile continue to find themselves adrift in the Premier League relegation zone, two points behind 17th place and safety.

The result continues a recent poor run of form for Aston Villa, who have lost all five games they’ve played, across all competitions, since they beat Leicester in the EFL Cup semi finals.

With their next four games are against sides currently in the top six – Chelsea, Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester City – Aston Villa will need a significant improvement in form and a morale boost to overcome this bruising defeat at the King Power Stadium.

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