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Leicester City star hopes key factor pays off in Aston Villa clash


Ricardo Pereira says Leicester City will be looking to make home advantage ‘count’ when they meet Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm).

The Foxes last played at home in their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on April 10, before playing three consecutive away games in the Europa Conference League and Premier League. The Foxes are winless in their last two league games, including a late knock against Everton in midweek as Richarlison scored an injury-time equalizer.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will now be looking to beat Aston Villa for the first time at home since March 2020. “It will be tough,” Ricardo told Leicester club media.

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“But after three games in a row away from home, we are very happy to be playing at home in front of our fans again. We will look to make that home advantage count and hopefully come away with the three points.

“It’s a huge advantage for us and so important for our season. We’ve found good momentum with our home games, getting great results in tough matches, against Premier League and European sides.

“Every time we walk onto our pitch with our fans around us, we feel confident. We have big games coming up where we have to be at our best, so we’ll keep pushing forward that way and try to get the ball rolling. maximum of our home advantage.”

Facing a quality team that is Villa, the Portuguese international added: “We know it will be a tough game. They struggled at the start of the season but have improved under their new manager, Steven Gerrard. They have good players all over the pitch, who can make a difference at any time.”

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