Nigel Pearson on the difference between Aston Villa and Leicester City

The Villains need to replicate the Foxes form to escape relegation this season.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Nigel Pearson has highlighted the difference between Aston Villa and his Leicester City side last season.

The Villains are currently bottom of the Premier League table, having having managed to go 19 games without a win before beating Crystal Palace earlier this week.

They look almost certain to be relegated at the end of the season, with them needing Champions League form or better to escape the drop.

It is not an impossible job though, with the Foxes having faced a similar situation last season and managed to escape, giving Remi Garde’s side hope that they can replicate that form.

Pearson though, doubts that will happen, saying there is one major difference between his side and Villa.

“The difference is last season at Leicester we weren't outplayed on too many occasions,” he told BBC Sport.

"We were being beaten by the odd goal. We played some really good football. I don't think anyone would be able to recognise too much of a difference in terms of confidence at any stage during the season.”

"What happened last season was phenomenal really. It doesn't sound to me from the outside that Villa have what it takes to replicate that."

Another major difference between the two sides is that so far Villa’s players have not looked to be of the standard required for a relegation fight.

The same could have been said of Leicester last season, but several players stepped up and proved their worth to help them avoid the drop.

So far no Villa players are yet to do that, with most having looked short on the ability and desire that is needed to escape the predicament they currently find themselves in.

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