Southampton vs Leicester: Prediction and betting tips - Premier League preview
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Southampton vs Leicester
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 25th August
The next of our simultaneous fixtures take us to the St Mary’s Stadium, home of Mark Hughes’s Southampton. By the skin of their teeth, the Saints avoided relegation last season, they left it late, toiled and laboured and they have started another campaign on the back of struggles.
They had a stalemate with Burnley on the opening day and managed a goal of little significance as they lost at Everton, they have to step up, fire on all cylinders or they may have to do the old difficult way again.
Let’s talk about Leicester, shall we? The talks of luck amount to nothing if you don’t take advantage after Joao Moutinho struck the upright, Leicester could have still gone behind, a close-range effort from Jimenez rattled the woodwork again before an unfortunate own goal ruined the script for Wolves.
Moments later, attacking midfielder, James Maddison fired in albeit off another Wolves defender to complete the misery.
The Foxes stayed compact and saw out the result, more of that at St Mary’s and Leicester might just be heading for yet another win as Claude Puel tries to steady the ship.
Leicester won 4-1 at St Mary’s last December, the second of their wins in the last five between the two in the league, two goalless draws a one resounding Southampton win, way back in January of last year.
Betting Prediction: Leicester to win or draw
Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard returns after recovering from a virus.
Mohamed Elyounoussi who missed the Everton clash with a hamstring problem is also available for selection.
Suspended Jamie Vardy could be replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho or Shinji Okazaki as the England striker starts his three-match ban for his red card against Wolves.
New signing Caglar Soyuncu is still sidelined by a hamstring injury and midfielder Matty James is still out due to an Achilles problem.