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Leicester City vs Southampton betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Leicester vs Southampton prediction: Leicester 3-1 Southampton

These two meet again.

Their most recent clash in October was historic for all the wrong reasons from a Southampton point of view.

However, the Saints have found form since then and have moved away from the relegation zone.

Leicester though are Champions League chasing and will be confident of win again.

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Leicester City vs Southampton: Who will win?

Unsurprisingly, Leicester City are overwhelming favourites to win this match at 8/15.

Southampton meanwhile are 5/1 to leave the King Power with a surprise win.

A draw is 16/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 8/11.

Leicester to win and over 2.5 goals is 11/10.

Leicester to win and both teams to score is 15/8.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Jamie Vardy is the Premier League’s top scorer this season. Vardy is 21/10 to open the scoring and odds on at 8/13 to add to his remarkable tally.

Kelechi Ịheanachọ is also in good goalscoring form. The Nigerian is 13/5 to score first and 5/6 to score anytime.

Danny Ings is certainly Saints’ main man for goals. Ings is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 6/4 to score yet again.

James Ward-Prowse has also been on the scoresheet recently. He is 12/1 to score first and 4/1 to net anytime.

Both Ayoze Pérez and Vardy to score is 4/1.

Both Youri Tielemans and James Maddison to score is 20/1.

Both Moussa Djenepo and Danny Ings to score is 12/1.

Both Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse to score is 50/1.

Leicester City vs Southampton: Match preview

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü of Leicester City during Premier League match between Leiceste and Bournemouth; King Power Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Leicester City are well and truly back on track in the league.

Either side of Christmas, the Foxes were beaten 3-1 at Manchester City and then demolished 4-0 by Liverpool at home.

Many predicted that would derail them but that has turned out not to be the case.

Less than 48 hours after their mauling by Liverpool, goals from Kelechi Ịheanachọ and then Demarai Gray saw them to a 2-1 win at West Ham.

Then, on New Years’ Day, Brendan Rodgers’ side dismissed Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park.

Ayoze Pérez netting against his former club before rockets from James Maddison and then Hamza Choudhury sealed the win.

That means Leicester remain second, one point above Manchester City but, crucially, 14 clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.

Since then, they’ve been in action in both domestic cup competitions.

Last weekend, an own goal and then a deflected effort from Harvey Barnes saw them comfortably beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at home in the FA Cup.

Later this month, they’ll travel to Griffin Park to play in-form Championship side Brentford in the fourth round.

In the Carabao Cup though, they are a lot closer to glory but still have a bit of work to do.

On Wednesday, they hosted Aston Villa in their semi-final first leg but fell behind after 28 minutes.

However, late on, Hamza Choudhury won the ball back, found Kelechi Ịheanachọ who lashed home an equaliser.

1-1 it finished meaning it’ll be winner takes all at Villa Park.

Back in the Premier League, of course, Leicester beat Southampton 9-0 when the two met at St Mary’s.

If they score four or more here, they’ll break the Premier League record for most goals scored by one team against another in a single season.

Their focus, of course, will be simply on winning the match, something they’ll be confident of doing.

Can Southampton avenge their drubbing?

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Ralph Hasenhüttl, Manager of Southampton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium on October 25, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

As for Southampton, when they lost 9-0 to Leicester they looked destined for relegation and Ralph Hasenhüttl looked set for the sack.

That hammering was followed by two more defeats but since then, the Saints have lost just two of nine league games.

In fact, coming into this clash, they’ve taken ten points from their last four outings.

To end 2019 they beat Aston Villa 3-1, Chelsea 2-0 and held Crystal Palace to a 1-1 home draw.

Then, on New Years’ Day, Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game as they beat Tottenham 1-0 at St Mary’s.

This form has propelled them up the table from 18th to 12th.

Overall, since letting in nine in one game, Southampton have only conceded 13 goals in 11 matches.

During this period only Liverpool and Leicester have shipped fewer.

Last weekend, they too made light work of Championship opposition in the FA Cup.

Goals from 19-year-olds Will Smallbone and then Jake Vokins saw them beat Huddersfield 2-0 at home.

But, of course, Premier League survival remains the priority so can they make it five league games unbeaten for the first time since October 2016?

That certainly won’t be easy.

Leicester City team news vs Southampton

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

In recent matches, including on Wednesday night, Brendan Rodgers has been picking a back three.

That is likely to continue here.

Kasper Schmeichel’s tally of eight so far is the most clean sheets of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.

The three man defence ahead of him will be unchanged with title winner Christian Fuchs joining Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü.

One of the benefits of the back three is that it gives full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell more license to roam forward.

They’ll both keep their places with James Justin back on the bench despite recent impressive displays.

In midfield, Wilfred Ndidi required surgery after suffering a minor training injury on Tuesday so will not be available until next month.

So, Hamza Choudhury will continue in his place with Dennis Praet, who started on Wednesday, dropping out.

Further forward though, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans will keep their places, looking to create.

Up front, Ayoze Pérez could become the first player ever to score a hat-trick in three consecutive Premier League matches against the same opponent.

However, his hopes of doing so will be harmed by the fact he’s likely to be on the bench.

Kelechi Ịheanachọ’s vital equaliser on Wednesday night should be enough to see him start alongside Jamie Vardy who is the league’s top scorer.

Given the change of shape, all the wingers, Marc Albrighton, Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray, will be left out.

Will Leicester dismantle Southampton? Again.

Southampton team news vs Leicester City

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Danny Ings of Southampton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton FC at Villa Park on December 21, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

As for Southampton, unlike their hosts they’ve had a week to prepare for this match.

Could that make the difference for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side?

In goal, Angus Gunn hasn’t played in the league since the reverse fixture with Alex McCarthy taking over.

In defence, Cédric, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek and Ryan Bertrand is a very settled back four.

Kevin Danso, Maya Yoshida, Jannik Vestergaard and Jake Vokins, who started last weekend, will all drop back out.

In midfield, one of the key reasons behind their recent success has been the double-pivot of captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and James Ward-Prowse.

They will rekindle their partnership here with Oriol Romeu back on the bench.

Further forward, they have options.

Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo started against Spurs with Nathan Redmond further forward in attack.

They’re likely to pick those three again with Sofiane Boufal and Will Smallbone dropping back out.

As will centre-forwards Shane Long, Ché Adams and Michael Obafemi.

One man who is undroppable though is Danny Ings.

He has the second best shot-conversion rate of any Premier League player to have scored five or more goals this year with 27%.

The only man who is more clinical is Jamie Vardy who’ll be at the opposite end of the field.

Ings has netted 15 goals already this season, including nine in his last ten appearances, totalling 52% of Saints’ total goals.

Can he fire them to a shock away win at the King Power?

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Southampton.

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Leicester City.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Premier League table:

1Liverpool FC29271166214582
2Manchester City28183768313757
3Leicester City29165858283053
4Chelsea FC29146951391248
5Manchester United29129844301445
6Wolverhampton Wanderers29101364134743
7Sheffield United28111073025543
8Tottenham Hotspur29118104740741
9Arsenal FC2891364036440
10Burnley FC29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton FC29107123746-937
13Newcastle United2998122541-1635
14Southampton FC29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove Albion29611123240-829
16West Ham United2976163550-1527
17Watford FC2969142744-1727
18AFC Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich City2956182552-2721
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