A really important match for The Foxes.
Last updated: April 1, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Leicester City have never been so close to winning The Premier League title. The Foxes have enough quality players in their squad, but their nerves will be stretched against a strong Southampton team. However, The Foxes are lying in first place in the standings and are 5 points in front of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Saints have been performing really well this season. They have collected 47 points and are fighting for a place in The Top 4. In addition, Ronald Koeman’s players won their last two league matches. They gave an outstanding performance against Liverpool in the previous round. Southampton were 2-0 down and missed a penalty, but eventually turned things around and won 3-2.
The first match of the season between these two teams finished with a 2-2 draw at The St. Mary’s Stadium. Fonte and van Dijk gave the advantage to The Saints, but Jamie Vardy scored twice and secured the point for The Foxes. However, Southampton’s players don’t feel comfortable when visiting Leicester City. They have only won 7 of 25 matches, while The Foxes have recorded 12 victories over The Saints.
The Welsh international Andy King has a hamstring problem. The midfielder will surely miss the match. He has scored 1 goal in 21 games for Leicester.
Charlie Austin is now fit for Southampton. He had a hamstring problem. Austin has found the net once in 5 games for The Saints.
The only injured player in Southampton’s squad is Florin Gardos. The Romanian is suffering from a knee injury and is still waiting for his first match this season.
Matty James of Leicester City has recently recovered from his knee injury and he can now sit on the bench against Southampton.
Quotes of the week
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “People called me “The Tinkerman” because I changed every time but in Italy we are used to change.”
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “When I was a boy in the 70s, Johan Cruyff was always on my mirror, you could say.”
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.|
|Subs||Gray, Wasilewski, Amartey, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler.|
|Southampton (3-5-1-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Clasie, Mane, Pelle, Long.|
|Subs||Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Oriol Romeu, Wanyama, Juanmi, Tadic, Soares.|
So far this season
|Leicester City this season||Southampton this season|
|9 (10)||(at home) Wins (away)||8 (5)|
|3-0 vs. Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle||Biggest win||4-0 vs. Arsenal|
|5 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (5)|
|1 (2)||(at home) Losses (away)||5 (5)|
|2-5 to Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Everton|
|Vardy (19)||Top scorer||Pelle (9)|
|Mahrez (11)||Assist Leader||Tadic, Mane (6)|
|Y43, R1||Discipline||Y48, R6|
|3||Failures to score||9|
|18||Both Teams to Score Games||13|
|17||Over 2.5 Games||14|
|14||Under 2.5 Games||17|
- The Foxes have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 Premier League matches at The King Power Stadium. Only West Brom managed to find Schmeichel’s net (2-2).
- Leicester City are undefeated in their last 11 home games in The Premiership. Claudio Ranieri’s players won 7 of these matches
- There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in Leicester City’s last 3 Premier League games. The Foxes won all these games 1-0.
- The Saints lost only 2 of their last 6 Premiership matches. Ronald Koeman’s players won 3 of these matches and kept a clean sheet on 3 occasions.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|17/10/15||The Premier League||Southampton 2-2 Leicester||José Fonte 21′|
|09/05/15||The Premier League||Leicester 2-0 Southampton||R. Mahrez 7′|
|08/11/14||The Premier League||Southampton 2-0 Leicester||S. Long 75′|
|23/01/12||The Championship||Southampton 0-2 Leicester||D. Nugent 15′|
|27/08/11||The Championship||Leicester 3-2 Southampton||D. Vassell 3′|