Albrighton Chasing Villa Bragging Rights

With a family full of Aston Villa fans, there’s a little bit extra riding on Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa for Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton.
- Marc Albrighton says he is feeling fresh ahead of Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa

- The winger comes from a family of Aston Villa fans and is hoping to secure some bragging rights 

- Albrighton has three assists and a goal in four games so far this season 

- Leicester City still unbeaten in all competitions 

With a family full of Aston Villa fans, there’s a little bit extra riding on Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa for Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton. 

The in-form midfielder joined the Foxes from Aston Villa last summer and has become a firm fixture in the starting line-up so far under Claudio Ranieri, but with a strong connection to the West Midlands outfit, Albrighton is hoping to earn some bragging rights with a win on Sunday afternoon. 

King Power Stadium will be the venue as the unbeaten Foxes aim to collect another three points to maintain a brilliant start to the season that sees them flying high in third place. 

After two wins to start the season, City have fought back to draw in each of their last two games against Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth, but it’s a return to winning ways that’s the target on Sunday afternoon. 

“I won’t approach the game any differently,” Albrighton told . “Obviously there’s a bit more riding on it in terms of bragging rights with my family. Other than that it’s pretty much the same as usual. I’ll go into the game, prepare myself well and look to do as well as I can. 

“I think it’s been a bit of a mixed bag [for Villa so far this season] but obviously they started with a win at Bournemouth. 

“They’ve got a lot of new faces in and that will take a while to gel but it’ll be interesting to see what kind of team they put out – whether they use them all or stick with some of the lads that have been there a while for that stability. Either way we’ll go into in the game the same way we always do. 

“It’s been great to be playing every football every week and playing, I feel, well. If I can keep doing that then everything will look after itself. 

“All I’m aiming to do is play as many games for Leicester City this season as I can. I’m enjoying it and hopefully this week I can keep my place.” 

Whether the international break came at a good or bad time for the Foxes given their good run of form is up for debate, but for Albrighton it was a rest well earned after a tough 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth. 

He added: “Obviously last time out Bournemouth was a difficult game and we knew it was going to be. We said beforehand that it would probably be the hardest game of our opening four. 

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy but we showed great character to come back from a goal down and Vards [Jamie Vardy] did brilliantly – we could even have gone on to win it at the end. 

“I think it has been a welcome break now. I know a lot of people said we didn’t need it in the form that we were in but when you’ve had a good pre-season and you’ve gone into the first four games as we have done – all guns blazing with a high tempo. 

"I think a weekend where you can have a breather is nice. We’ll be fresh and ready for this this weekend and looking forward to it.”

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