Two unlikely teams are battling for a spot in the top four lock horns this weekend. Leicester City will play host to Southampton at the King Power Stadium this Saturday with kickoff at 11 pm.
The Saints are currently at seventh position in the table while sitting four points adrift of their weekend’s hosts. A win this weekend could push the Saints third on the table, while Leicester’s win takes them to second.
It has been an exciting season capped with indoor games and coronavirus restrictions. Apart from that, the battle for the top four is getting intense with each passing day. Leicester City and Southampton fall outside the traditional ‘Top Six’ teams.
However, both sides have shown a different side to their prowess this season. Leicester City seems keen to win some silverware along the way following their 4-0 victory over Championship outfit Stoke City.
Brendan Rodgers chooses to rest James Vardy and James Maddison ahead of this clash. With five tough fixtures coming before the end of January, Rodgers assumes a hard task finding balance in his team.
The same applies to Ralph Hassenhutl, who had their match with Shrewburry postponed due to coronavirus fears. However, their lead talisman Danny Ings is out of contention after testing positive. However, a 1-0 win over Liverpool was a good start to their campaign last weekend.
Leicester City vs. Southampton Head to Head
Both sides have 18 games against each other, with Leicester City taking home seven wins while Leicester with seven wins also. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Stoke City 0-4 Leicester City
Newcastle 1-2 Leicester
Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester
Leicester 2-2 Man United
Tottenham 0-2 Leicester
Southampton 1-1 Liverpool
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
Fulham 0-0 Southampton
Southampton 0-1 Man City
Brighton 1-2 Southampton
Leicester City Team News
After getting rest during the midweek FA Cup actions, James Vardy and James Maddison return to the starting XI. It means that Rodgers might choose to drop Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet. Castagne will likely continue operating as a wing-back with Forana pairing with Evans.
Southampton Team News
Hassenhuttl will have to make a goalkeeping decision with first-choice goalkeeper McCarthy returning to the side. Fraser Forster did enough to fend off Liverpool and might get a selection. Che Adams will have to deputize the absent Danny Ings.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides bolster on attack-minded breaks, thus providing an interesting and engaging match this Saturday.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5