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Leicester whiff on chance to take Carabao Cup upper hand over Aston Villa

Kelechi Iheanacho's strike secures a 1-1 draw for Leicester City vs. Aston Villa. Watch the Carabao Cup on ESPN+.
Craig Burley and Ale Moreno are still backing Leicester City to advance despite key injuries in their squad.

Before the two Carabao Cup semifinals this week, it didn't feel as if there was a lot of tension about who would be meeting at Wembley in a few weeks. On Tuesday, Manchester City held up their side of the predictability bargain by handing United their behinds on a plate in a 3-1 win that wasn't nearly that close. On Wednesday, surely this season's thrilling surprise package Leicester would make short work of an injury-ravaged Aston Villa that is battling relegation.

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Leicester City grabs draw vs. Aston Villa in Carabao Cup 1st leg semi

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Kelechi Iheanacho's strike secures a 1-1 draw for Leicester City vs. Aston Villa. Watch the Carabao Cup on ESPN+.
English Carabao Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho (74') Leicester City 1-1 Aston Villa. Watch Carabao Cup on ESPN+.
English Carabao Cup: Frederic Guilbert (28') Leicester City 0-1 Aston Villa. Watch Carabao Cup on ESPN+.
Craig Burley and Ale Moreno are still backing Leicester City to advance despite key injuries in their squad.

Aston Villa defied incessant pressure as they held out bravely for a 1-1 draw at Leicester City despite being unable to field a striker in their League Cup semifinal first leg on Wednesday.

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Frederic Guilbert put Villa ahead with their first shot of the game after 28 minutes and Leicester, second in the Premier League and hoping to reach their first cup final since 2000, needed a 74th-minute equaliser by Kelechi Iheanacho to...