Leicester City vs Southampton: Match Preview

There are seven games left of the 15/16 Premier League season and Leicester City are firmly in the driving seat to seal the Premier League crown. Flashback to May and the bookies claimed the Foxes were more likely to be in a relegation dog fight instead of title race, and you couldn’t have been blamed for thinking the same. Southampton’s season has been slightly more predictable, coming into the final straight of the season, the Saints are fighting for a place in the Europa League, just as they were last season. Claudio Ranieri admitted earlier this season that turning down the Southampton job in favour of the Greek national team prior to last season was “the biggest mistake” of his career. However, Ronald Koeman has more than filled the void left by the departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs that summer. Koeman achieved European football for Southampton in his first season and he looks on course to do the same after his side’s 3-2 victory over Liverpool two weeks ago. Both sides may feel they need to win this game to help achieve their goals at the end of the season.

Team News

Kasper Schmeichel is set to feature for the Foxes after an injury worry picked up on international duty in which he was absent for Denmark’s friendly against Scotland. Jeff Schlupp will be absent for Leicester City due a knee problem and also Matty James is also a doubt as he is still recovering from a serious injury. There are no other injury problems for the Foxes. Jamie Vardy will have an extra spring in his step after scoring his first two international goals for England, including a sublime flick against Germany.

Shane Long is the only doubt for Southampton, due to a knee injury sustained in Irelands 2-2 draw with Slovakia, a match in which he scored a penalty for his national side. Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez could be in contention after lengthy spells on the sidelines due to injury. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle are expected to start after their outstanding second half performances in the 3-2 win against Liverpool. Victor Wanyama is also expected to start for the first time since the 6th of February against West Ham, a match he received a 5 game ban from after he received his third red card of the season.

Previous meetings

17/10/15: Southampton 2-2 Leicester:
A Jamie Vardy double grabbed the Foxes a point after Southampton lead 2-0 at half time thanks to Van Dijk and Fonte headers.

9/5/15: Leicester 2-0 Southampton:
Riyad Mahrez grabbed two first half goals to punish a rotated Southampton side.

8/11/14: Southampton 2-0 Leicester:
Shane Long scored his first two league goals for Southampton as a second half substitute to seal all three points at St Mary’s Stadium.

23/1/12: Southampton 0-2 Leicester:
Ex-Portsmouth striker David Nugent and former Southampton defender Matt Mills were on the scoresheet as the Foxes claimed all three points away at league leaders.

27/8/11: Leicester 3-2 Southampton:
Leicester ended Southampton’s 100% start to the campaign with goals from Darius Vassell, Richie Wellens and a Rickie Lambert own goal. Dan Harding and David Connolly grabbed Saints’ goals but couldn’t prevent losing at the King Power Stadium.
Form

Leicester City:

W: 1-0 Norwich
D: 2-2 West Brom
W: 1-0 Watford
W: 1-0 Newcastle
W: 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton:
L: 0-2 AFC Bournemouth
L: 1-2 Chelsea
D: 1-1 Sunderland
W: 2-1 Stoke City
W: 3-2 Liverpool

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