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Classic Encounter: Foxes Comeback Settles Pulsating Villa Clash

Aston Villa's visit to King Power Stadium will naturally evoke fond memories for Leicester City supporters from past encounters.
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Dean Smith's men are due in Leicester on Monday evening for an 8pm GMT kick-off in the home side's 29th Premier League fixture of the 2019/20 campaign.

As usual, LCFC.com continues its build up to the fixture by remembering a classic encounter between Leicester City and Aston Villa...

Leicester City 3 Aston Villa 2
Saturday 13 September, 2015
King Power Stadium
Premier League

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Nathan Dyer
Nathan Dyer

Nathan Dyer is applauded after rising to his feet following an injury during his goal.

Claudio Ranieri's Leicester continued an unbeaten start to their 2015/16 title-winning campaign with a stirring two-goal comeback to emerge as victors over Aston Villa on Saturday 13 September, 2015.

City went into the fixture on the back of consecutive wins - over Sunderland and West Ham United - and two draws in a row - against Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth.

However, their unbeaten record was at considerable risk against Tim Sherwood's men, when Jack Grealish and then Carles Gil both netted stunning long-range efforts on Filbert Way.

With 18 minutes to play, though, the Foxes began the fightback, when Ritchie De Laet flicked Riyad Mahrez's corner past Brad Guzan, although goal-line technology was required to confirm the goal.

The Blue Army sensed a comeback was on the cards and the scores were level on 82 minutes as Jamie Vardy prodded Danny Drinkwater's low cross in, speaking jubilant celebrations.

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Leicester City 3 Aston Villa 2
Leicester City 3 Aston Villa 2

The scoreboard confirms City's comeback victory over Villa.

Just as it seemed both sides would have to settle for a point neither actually wanted from the clash, Mahrez's forward ball was bravely headed home by Nathan Dyer, on loan from Swansea City.

The jubilance around King Power Stadium muted slightly as Dyer received medical attention following his clash with Guzan, but the winger soon rose to his feet to take in the acclaim of the home fans.

"It was a fantastic second half," claimed Ranieri at full-time. "We know they played better early on but after 2-0 we started to play with our spirit and it was a very fantastic match."

City: Schmeichel; De Laet, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp; Mahrez, Inler (Kanté 64'), Drinkwater, Albrighton (Ulloa 64'); Okazaki (Dyer 45'), Vardy

Subs not used: Schwarzer, King, Simpson, Kramarić

Goals: De Laet 72', Vardy 82', Dyer 89'

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