Leicester v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 08, 2019
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester look to bounce back from an embarrassing FA Cup exit to Newport Country as they host Southampton in the Premier League. The Saints have struggled recently, despite a brief revival under Ralf Hassenhutll and will be hoping for their first win in five.
This fixture has hardly been the most thrilling with Southampton securing 0-0 draws in each of their last three visits to the King Power Stadium. Leicester have had the edge in their away ties however, beating the Saints 2-1 last season.
Claude Puel will rotate his starting XI from the side that played last weekend, with Jamie Vardy reclaiming his spot as the lone striker. James Maddison may also feature, despite going off the boil over the winter months, whilst right-back Ricardo Pereira could field at left-wing, having impressed there against Everton.
Angus Gunn is expected to start once again after impressing in his last two games between the sticks. Hassenhuttl fielded both Charlie Austin and Shane Long against Derby last weekend, and with Danny Ings still suffering from a hamstring complaint, may be forced into doing so again. Maya Yoshida is also absent on international duty with Japan.
Leicester v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Despite fans' hopes, Leicester's inconsistency has continued into 2019 with the Foxes following up their impressive away win at Everton with a shock loss to Newport County. Saturday's meeting with Southampton may give Puel's team a chance to go make ground on Manchester United, but signs are not good for the midlands club.
For all of the Foxes' manager's best efforts to remould his side's playing style, Leicester still look fare more comfortable as the 'away' side. Jamie Vardy's pace on the break remains their best weapon, and whilst the likes of Maddison and Ghezzal offer creativity, neither have the quality to break down a defence on their own. Over the past month, the team's results at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park are evidence towards this, but when given the impetus to attack, they have faltered.
Hassenhutll will know this, and has been attempting to mould his Southampton side in Leicester's image. At RB Leipzig, the manager enjoyed the most success when his team was the underdog, beating more established side's with counter-attacking speed. Whilst this has not fully translated to the Saints yet, the face that they secured a draw against Chelsea and beat Arsenal shows that they are clearly making progress.
On Saturday, the 18th placed side will hand control of the proceedings to Leicester, challenging them to break them down, with the likes of Nathan Redmond and Shane Long waiting to test their slow back line. Although the Saints go into the match underdogs, the balance of power will shift the longer they can frustrate the home team.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 10/11
Vardy may have struggled with injury this season but is already on seven league goals.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5
Both teams thrive on the counter, and may well cancel one-another out.