Mark Lawrenson predicts Aston Villa v Leicester City

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Sunday’s FA Cup tie between Aston Villa and Leicester City.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that Aston Villa will progress to the sixth round of the FA Cup.

Villa, who are without a full-time manager at the moment, will take on fellow Premier League strugglers Leicester City at home in the fifth round of the competition on Sunday.

The Villans will head into the tie at Villa Park on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Villa are also without a win this month, but former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes that they will get the better of Leicester 2-1.

“Villa are managerless and struggling badly in the Premier League and you might think they need an FA Cup run like a hole in the head, but any kind of win would raise their players' confidence at the moment,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“It is a similar story for Leicester. They are struggling too and their boss Nigel Pearson has been under all sorts of pressure...

"When you are in rut like the Foxes are, with four straight league defeats, they might as well have a real go, even if they end up being beaten.”

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

Both Villa and Leicester are struggling at the moment, but playing at home will give the Villans an advantage.

The Villa players will want to return to winning ways in front of their own fans and use the FA Cup tie to get back on track.

Villa do have a good squad that can stave off relegation from the Premier League, but the players need to regain their confidence.

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