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Late Barkley strike maintains Villa's winning start

18 Oct 2020
Premier League - Leicester City v Aston Villa

Aston Villa move up to second as they make it four wins from four matches with victory at Leicester City

A well-struck late winner from Ross Barkley maintained Aston Villa's impressive 100 per cent start to the Premier League season at Leicester City's expense.

Two of the Premier League's early frontrunners looked set to cancel each other out in a competitive encounter in which chances were at a premium, as debutant defender Wesley Fofana impressed for the hosts.

Timothy Castagne was at the heart of Leicester's best work early on before Villa's Matt Targett sent a free-kick wide before half-time.

Esri Konsa put a header narrowly wide for the Villans nine minutes after the break as the visitors' threat increased.

Soon after substitute Bertrand Traore sent a header straight at Kasper Schmeichel, Villa burst forward again in stoppage time and Barkley's crisp shot found the bottom corner.

The win sends Villa second, on 12 points and one point behind leaders Everton, while Leicester are fourth on nine points.

Budweiser King of the Match: Emiliano Martínez

See: Leicester City report | Aston Villa report

Next fixtures

Leicester: 25 Oct v Arsenal (A)
Aston Villa: 23 Oct v Leeds (H)

 

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