Leicester City vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Despite being in the bottom three for almost the entire season, the Foxes have suddenly found their mojo, winning 5 of their last 6 matches; an amazing run of form that has seen them climb out of the bottom 3. They go into this game, knowing that a win would give them some breathing space especially with only 3 games to go in the season. Southampton ran out comfortable 2-0 winners when the two sides met back in November with Shane Long grabbing both the goals.

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TEAM NEWS:

Leicester City:

Andy King could be the only absentee for the Foxes in this match. Ulloa and Nugent suffered minor knocks last weekend but are expected to be back for this game.

Southampton:

The Saints have key players missing as Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic and Fraser Forster are out for the season. Sadio Mane however, is expected to be fit.

INTERESTING NUMBERS:

  • Southampton have only won 3 of their last 6 matches, drawing 2 and losing 1 while Leicester have won 5 of their last 6 matches losing only 1 – their best run of form in the Premier League.
  • Only Arsenal and Chelsea (16) have picked up more points than Leicester (15) in the last 6 games in the Premier League.
  • Southampton have won 3 and lost 2 in their last 5 meetings with Leicester.
  • Southampton have recorded their best ever points tally (57) with three games still to go in the season.

LAST 5 MEETINGS:

5 Jan ’08 – Southampton 2-0 Leicester City (FA Cup)

11 Mar ’08 – Southampton 1-0 Leicester City (Championship)

27 Aug ’11 – Leicester City 3-2 Southampton (Championship)

23 Jan ’12 – Southampton 0-2 Leicester City (Championship)

8 Nov ’14 – Southampton 2-0 Leicester City (Premier League)

KEY MEN:

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

Vardy has been in fine form for the Foxes scoring 3 goals in his last 7 outings. His superb performances for the team didn’t go unnoticed as it earned him a nomination for Player of the Month for April. Leicester would be looking to their star striker to continue his supreme form and move clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

Graziano Pelle – Southampton

Pelle had a fine start to the season but that didn’t last long. His form dipped drastically in the second half of the season and the goals dried up. However, he has found his goalscoring form recently with 3 goals in his last 6 matches. Southampton would depend on the goals form their hit-man against a resurgent Leicester battling relegation.

PREDICTION:

Leicester have been extremely strong at home in the recent weeks and Southampton’s form has been a bit up and down. A tough one to call but going by form, Leicester should edge this one.

Leicester City 2-1 Southampton