Match Day 35
Leicester City vs Southampton
Friday, April 20th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.48
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (17)
Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.61
Top Scorer: Charlie Austin (7)
If this match was to be decided purely on the basis of who needs the points most, then Southampton would win by a street.
Leicester City are the very definition of a late season mid table side with little real incentive. 43 points on the board already so they won't go down, but with a nine point gap up to seventh they aren't going to climb any higher.
Southampton on the other hand are simply desperate for points. The appointment of Mark Hughes in the hot seat is yet to have the desired effect and the Saints remain third bottom and five points adrift of safety. If they are going to turn this around then they need to start now.
Wilfired Ndidi looks set to return for the hosts, which is just as well as fellow midfielders Vicente Iborra and Daniel Amartey look like missing out, as does goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Southampton must do without the suspended Jack Stephens and injured Steven Davis once again.
Having only beaten an early season Crystal Palace and a hapless West Brom side away from home this season it's hard to be too confident, but we fancy Southampton will win this one simply because they have to.
Leicester are winless in four at home, having drawn against Swansea, Stoke and Bournemouth and lost to Newcastle and they may just come unstuck again here. Southampton can't defend though so will likely have to do this the hard way.
Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 3 Southampton
Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 11 - 6
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 11 - 3
Possession: 54% - 46%
No goals and no cards either as both teams kept on the right side of referee Roger East throughout.
Not the most entertaining of spectacles this one, with very little in the way of clear cut chances, especially in the first half. Both sides were getting space down the flanks, but a combination of solid defending and a poor final ball resulted in a goalless opening period.
The first real big chance of the game fell to Southampton in the 56th minute. Dusan Tadic having a shot blocked but the ball dropping nicely for Shane Long to turn and fire in an effort from around six yards. Ben Hamer doing really well to race of his line and block.
Leicester then went close in the 70th minute. Marc Albrighton's long ball dropping into the path of Jamie Vardy running into the box. Alex McCarthy proved equal to Vardy's volleyed effort though.
It was backs to the wall stuff for the Saints in the final ten minutes as Leicester rained in cross after cross. They held firm though. 0-0 final score.
Leicester City remain in eighth spot, eight points adrift of Burnley in seventh but with Everton and Newcastle now hot on their heels. Claude Puel's men have very little left to play for this season, but at least put in a good shift here to arrest a two-game losing streak.
How much good this point is going to do Southampton remains to be seen as it is really wins that they need. Mark Hughes men remain third bottom and four points adrift of safety with just four games left to play. It's not over for the Saints yet, but it's getting pretty close.