Southampton vs Leicester prediction & preview 22.01.17
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Leicester City arch to the south bank on Sunday lunchtime. Southampton bedeviled affairs adjoin Leicester if these abandon met in October but had to achieve for a 0-0 draw because of poor finishing, a alternating botheration this season. Claudio Ranieri’s ancillary charge to do bigger this time in adjustment to elevate themselves added bright of the assignment area and they may be helped by Southampton advancing for their EFL Cup semi-final additional leg adjoin Liverpool on Wednesday.
Southampton accept absent four beeline alliance amateur and charge to arrest this poor anatomy adjoin Leicester, who are yet to win abroad from home this season.
Buoyed by their midweek achievement over Norwich in their FA Cup third annular replay, Southampton host ascendant Premier Alliance champions Leicester at St Mary’s Stadium, searching to end their run of inconsistency. The Foxes were poor adjoin Chelsea and, whilst their six credibility aloft the assignment area as it stands, they’re traveling to attempt with Riyad Mahrez, Daniel Amartey and Islam Slimani all abroad at the Africa Cup of Nations. For Southampton, they’re agog to end a run of four afterwards alliance defeats and get their Europa Alliance accomplishment claiming aback on track.
Neither ancillary accept denticulate abounding goals this season, but for Southampton, this is a abundant added acute affair as they’ve denticulate the second-lowest bulk of goals in the alliance (17). Shane Long is disturbing to achieve his goalscoring bendability of endure season, whilst Jay Rodriguez is not yet bout fit afterward a diffuse abrasion layoff. This botheration has been abstract afterwards the abrasion to Charlie Austin and Puel needs to acquisition a way of harnessing some added adroitness from his side. Their attempt about-face amount is 6.1%, the everyman of any Premier Alliance side, whilst Leicester accept denticulate just one ambition in their endure four games. For both sides, however, the botheration is pertinent and I anticipate one ambition could be abundant for achievement this weekend. It’s just a catechism of which ancillary can grab it.
Puel is, however, still afterwards the afflicted Steven Davis (knock), Jeremy Pied (knee), Matt Targett (hamstring), Alex McCarthy (hamstring), Sofiane Boufal (knee) and Charlie Austin (shoulder). He will aswell not accede Jose Fonte for alternative while the axial defender’s approaching charcoal uncertain.
Leonardo Ulloa will absence out for Leicester as he struggles to agitate off a thigh injury.
The striker has handed in a alteration appeal afterward an activity from Spanish ancillary Alaves but the Premier Alliance champions wish to accumulate the 30-year-old.
Southampton accept an EFL Cup semi-final to anticipate about too. They are 1-0 up from the aboriginal leg of their tie adjoin Liverpool so there’s affluence of achievement of booking a Wembley appearance. Saints were aswell in midweek activity while Leicester adequate as Shane Long’s actual backward champ anchored a 1-0 win at home to Norwich in the FA Cup. The accident of Daniel Amartey (Ghana), Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani (both Algeria) is a affair for the Foxes but Jamie Vardy alternate in endure weekend’s 3-0 defeat at home to leaders Chelsea and there has been affiance from summer signing Ahmed Musa in contempo weeks. Musa netted both goals in the FA Cup win at Everton a brace of weeks ago and Leicester’s contempo abroad anatomy has been a bit added absorbing with draws claimed at Stoke and Middlesbrough. There isn’t abundant to say about the 0-0 draw with Boro but the improvement from two goals down with 10 men to draw 2-2 adjoin the Potters was an indicator of what the Foxes can aftermath at their best. Leicester’s best has been aloof for that comeback, the 4-2 win over Manchester City at the alpha of December and the Champions Alliance during this appellation but I don’t anticipate they’ll charge absolutely that akin of superior to get the bigger of Southampton. Alone Middlesbrough accept denticulate beneath goals than Claude Puel’s men in the top flight and I don’t see Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez as a bond to anguish any defence.
Southampton are best adjoin Leicester at St Mary’s in the Premier Alliance (W1, D3), with the Foxes’ endure abroad achievement in this accoutrement advancing at The Dell in April 2000.
The Saints surrendered a 2-0 advance in the agnate accoutrement endure division to draw 2-2, with Jamie Vardy scoring both Leicester goals.
Southampton could according the club top-flight almanac of 5 afterwards defeats. They haven’t absent 5 in a row in the aforementioned division in the Premier Alliance back 1998.
Their attempt about-face amount of 6.1% is the everyman of any Premier Alliance ancillary this season.
Southampton could abort to account in three alternating alliance matches for the aboriginal time back February 2015.
If Saints lose to Leicester, it would be their 100th home defeat in the Premier League.
Leicester are yet to win an abroad accoutrement in this season’s Premier Alliance (D3, L7). They won 11 abroad amateur in their title-winning campaign, two added than any added team.
A defeat for the Foxes on Sunday would beggarly they according the affliction almanac by a ascendant best afterwards 22 matches of a top-flight season, set by Ipswich in 1962-63.
Leicester accept denticulate just one ambition in their endure four alliance games.
They accept conceded 34 alliance goals this season, alone two beneath than in their absolute title-winning attack in 2015-16.
Claudio Ranieri’s ancillary accept led in just 5 Premier Alliance amateur this season.