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Preview: Southampton vs. Leicester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Premier League clash between Southampton and Leicester City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two sides in contrasting form face off at St Mary's Stadium on Friday evening as Southampton host Leicester City in the opening Premier League game of the weekend.

The Saints have lost three games in a row in all competitions and are 15th in the table, while the Foxes are flying high in third place.


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Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho scores against Southampton in the FA Cup on April 18, 2021© Reuters

Leicester's run of victories started with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals less than two weeks ago, with Kelechi Iheanacho settling the contest.

Iheanacho was again the hero for City on Monday night with a bullet strike late on to earn a 2-1 comeback win against Crystal Palace - the Nigerian's 14th goal in as many matches.

That win for Leicester, following a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion a few days on from their cup semi-final triumph, leaves them sitting nicely in third place.

Brendan Rodgers's side may have collapsed towards the end of last season, but they have won four of their last six in the league and have a seven-point gap on fifth place.

The Foxes' away form has been a little more mixed, it must be said, having won three of their last seven on their travels, most recently losing 3-2 to West Ham United.

Leicester's most recent trip to St Mary's in October 2019 lives fresh in the memory, though, as they netted nine unanswered goals to equal the Premier League's record winning margin.

Southampton's Nathan Redmond celebrates scoring their second goal against Bournemouth in the FA Cup on March 20, 2021© Reuters

Southampton fans are tired of being reminded of that evening, and indeed their 9-0 loss to Manchester United in February, so they have more than one reason to exact revenge here.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side enter this game in bad form, however, with league losses to West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur either side of their Wembley defeat.

Danny Ings gave Southampton the lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week, only for Gareth Bale to equalise and Son Heung-min to convert a penalty in the final minute.

The Saints did pick up a 3-2 win against Burnley in their most recent home match, but that is their only three-point haul in six attempts at St Mary's.

Southampton should be assured of Premier League football next season with a nine-point gap on 18th-placed Fulham, but one more win is required if they are to make certain of that.

Southampton Premier League form:
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  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L

Southampton form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Leicester City Premier League form:
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  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Leicester City form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W



Team News

Southampton's Danny Ings celebrates scoring against Burnley in the Premier League on April 4, 2021© Reuters

Ings left the field against Spurs just before the hour mark with an injury. Southampton have had a nine-day rest between games, but the striker will not return for this game - or indeed before the end of the season.

Full-back Ryan Bertrand is expected to be back in contention after missing that last match, however, likely meaning Mohammed Salisu dropping to the bench.

Striker Michael Obafemi has an outside chance of featuring after returning to training, but William Smallbone and Oriol Romeu are definitely out.

Theo Walcott, who has scored five goals in his 10 Premier League appearances against Leicester, is expected to get the nod out on the left flank.

It has been a quicker turnaround in games for Leicester, but they have nearly a fully-fit squad to choose from for this trip to the south coast.

James Justin and Harvey Barnes remain absent, while veteran centre-back Wes Morgan is a major fitness doubt.

Teenager Luke Thomas retained his place at left wing-back for the win against Palace, but Ricardo Pereira is pushing for a recall for Friday's contest.

Ayoze Perez is another who will be desperate for a starting spot, as he looks to build on a return of seven Premier League goals against Southampton.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Walcott; Redmond, Adams

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne; Maddison; Vardy, Iheanacho


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We say: Southampton 0-2 Leicester City

While Leicester's recent away form has been a little inconsistent, only Manchester City have more points-per-game on their travels this season in the Premier League.

Southampton are not guaranteed safety and could do with a morale-boosting victory, but we cannot see past a City win, albeit by a smaller margin than their last visit to St Mary's.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

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