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Goals have been at a premium for Aston Villa and Leicester this season in the Premier League, but both teams will target their clash as the ideal opportunity to rectify that.
Villa have yet to hit double figures in the Premier League this season, with their average a little over a goal every other game. However, Christian Benteke burst back from a three- match ban with the winning goal on Tuesday at Crystal Palace. The Belgian ace had played only four games before his suspension having been out previously for six months with injury.
However, those matches and Tuesday’s reappearance suggested he is back to the form that earned him 34 goals in 61 appearances.
With the Villa Park crowd giving them the encouragement they need, Lambert will hope his side can fire against the Foxes, whose optimism has faded following an encouraging start to the season.
Nigel Pearson’s side won the Championship title in style last term, but they have not covered themselves in glory this campaign and currently prop up the Premier League.
The 5-3 home win over an off-colour Manchester United in September proved something of a false dawn and also contributed over a third of the team’s Premier League goal tally this season.
Leonardo Ulloa hit a double that day, but his prolific start to the campaign, which saw him score five goals in as many appearances, has become a distant memory for Foxes fans.
However, a return to that sort of goalscoring form is overdue at a club where chasing the Premier League dream has been a costly exercise in the recent past.
Finding the target in this game might come easier for both teams in this fixture as Villa and Leicester each have a minus 10 goal difference which makes uncomfortable reading for their defence coaches but will give optimism up front.
It is too early in the season to be certain about who will be relegated, but the fact that the team who are bottom of the table at Christmas almost always go down will be at the forefront of the thinking of Leicester fans.
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