Lawrenson predicts Leicester v Aston Villa, discusses 'baby steps' under Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Mark Lawrenson believes Leicester City will beat Aston Villa today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Leicester City will beat Aston Villa in the Premier League later today.

Leicester have made a stunning start to the season, beating Sunderland and West Ham before draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth.

Manager Claudio Ranieri has so far defied the doubters, and his unbeaten start to the campaign has a real feel-good factor around the King Power Stadium right now.

Today, they host Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa, who have been a real mixed bag so far this season with one win, one draw and two defeats.

Sherwood is looking to bed in a raft of new signings having brought in 12 new players over the summer transfer window, with deadline day arrival Joleon Lescott in contention to start today.

Amidst all the upheaval at Villa Park, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Leicester will win today's game 2-1, commenting on the 'baby steps' this new-look Aston Villa side are taking under Sherwood.

"I have become a big Leicester fan because I love the way they have a real go in games. The Foxes' forwards do not have any problems with service - they have plenty of width and are vibrant and competitive. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri deserves some credit for his approach but he has probably realised he is in charge of a very good team, one that should be thinking about a top-half finish.

"Aston Villa are also making progress under Tim Sherwood but they are taking baby steps at the moment, and I am backing Leicester to beat them," he added.

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