Southampton v Leicester
Live on Sky Sports Premier League
Saints limping towards finish of season
Southampton’s second half of the season has been a serious disappointment and the Saints could possibly be heading for one more setback towards Leicester on Friday night time. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s aspect have dropped down the Premier League desk to fifteenth and are arguably lucky to have a nine-point cushion above the underside three. There appears little probability of the staff being relegated but it surely has nonetheless been irritating for his or her followers to see them battle because the flip of the yr.
The Saints are effectively rested for this recreation, having not performed since their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham in the course of final week. Danny Ings fired Southampton into the lead however two objectives within the final half-hour handed them one other loss. A run of two wins from their final 15 league video games is a poor return, particularly contemplating certainly one of these victories was towards now relegated backside aspect Sheffield United.
Leicester trying to repeat FA Cup semi-final win
Leicester are on target for among the best seasons of their historical past with Brendan Rodgers’ aspect flying excessive within the league and already into the FA Cup remaining.
The Foxes will return to Wembley subsequent month to face Chelsea after defeating their newest opponents Southampton 1-0 within the FA Cup semi-final.
But their quick focus is guaranteeing their wonderful league marketing campaign ends in a spot within the Champions League.
A 2-1 dwelling victory over Crystal Palace on Monday night time consolidated third place within the league. Goals from Timothy Castagne and Kelechi Iheanacho opened up a seven-point hole over fifth-placed West Ham. Leicester missed out on the highest 4 final season, after a poor finish to the season, however the aspect seem to be stronger this time round and their better resilience may also help see them over the road.
Leicester are 2.166/5 favourites for the match and this appears a value effectively value taking. Three successive wins in all competitions, together with a victory over the Saints of their semi-final, ship them into this fixture on a excessive word and Leicester are inside touching distance of a top-four end. The Foxes even have a wonderful away document, with ten league victories on the street – solely Manchester City have extra this season.
Southampton are 3.45 for the win and this appears a brief value on a staff which look as if they’re determined for the season to end. The Saints have actually gone off the boil on this calendar yr and their defensive weaknesses have been uncovered. A run of 1 clear sheet within the final 15 league outings is fairly damning and Leicester will fancy their possibilities of punishing them.
The draw is buying and selling at 3.953/1 however neither of those groups have produced common stalemates this season. Southampton have solely drawn as soon as in 2021 whereas Leicester haven’t been held of their final eight video games in all competitions. The guests seem to maintain all of the aces and Rodgers’ assured aspect can take a big step towards clinching Champions League soccer by beating Southampton for the third time this season.
Leicester’s push for Champions League soccer and the FA Cup has been spearheaded by the excellent kind in latest months from Iheanacho.
The striker has compelled his means into the staff and is their high scorer with 17 objectives this season. This return turns into much more spectacular contemplating Iheanacho’s first league aim didn’t arrive till the beginning of February.
Iheanacho has scored 12 objectives in his final 9 matches and the assured striker additionally netted the winner towards Southampton of their FA Cup semi-final. The 24-year-old scored a shocking aim to safe victory over Palace on Monday and his present kind is not possible to fault. Iheanacho’s tempo and energy is certain to hassle the Saints and he appears generously priced to rating once more at 7/5.
Southampton have misplaced their final three Premier League dwelling video games towards Leicester by an mixture rating of 15-2. Their 9-0 defeat on this fixture final season is the largest dwelling defeat by any aspect in English top-flight historical past.
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