Preview - Leicester City vs Southampton 12 January 19

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Match Day 22
Leicester City vs. Southampton
Saturday, January 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power stadium

Leicester City: 
Last five matches form: L W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match: 1.10
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (7)

Last five matches form: W W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.81
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (7)

Southampton's latest challenge as they bid to haul themselves out of the relegation zone takes them to the King Power Stadium to take on seventh placed Leicester City on Match Day 22 in the Premier League.

Leicester have held the edge over Southampton so far this season, winning 2-1 at St Mary's in the league and knocking the Saints out of the League Cup on penalties here at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City are much the better off of the two sides when it comes to injuries and suspensions, with Daniel Amartey being their only confirmed absentee. Southampton will be without the injured Mario Lemina, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi, the suspended Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Maya Yoshida who is away on international duty.

Leicester have been in decent form in the league overall, but don't exactly head into this game on a high having been embarrassed by Newport County in the FA Cup last weekend. They haven't been super reliable here at home, with only four wins from their ten games to date.

Southampton's last away performance and result was a good one as they picked up an unexpected goalless draw at Chelsea. Having kept the Blues at bay, they will likely be confident of picking something up in this game. They have lost seven of eleven on the road overall this season.

It's easy to fancy Southampton to get something out of this game, but that imbalance when it comes to the injuries and suspensions may just tilt things in favour of the home side.

Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 1 Southampton


Half time:  0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  14 - 5
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 3
Possession: 70% - 30%

James Maddison and Ben Chilwell were booked for the home side. Jack Stephens saw yellow for Southampton who also had Yann Valery dismissed for two bookable offences by referee Michael Oliver.

Southampton got off to a good start here and took the lead in the eleventh minute.  Shane Long receiving the ball in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box and being clumsily bundled over from behind by Nampalys Mendy, leaving the referee little choice but to point to the spot. James Ward-Prowse stepping up to finish powerfully into the left-hand side.

Events looked to swing back in favour of Leicester in the 45th minute with the dismissal of Valery, but by half time, the Saints would have added to their lead. Nampalys Mendy again having a nightmare when attempting to mark Shane Long. This time allowing him to get by him and through on goal in the left of the area. The angle was tight but Long found a way through to fire in off keeper Kasper Schmeichel. 0-2 at the break.

Given that they had a man advantage, Leicester understandably came back into it in the second half and got a goal back in the 58th minute. Ricardo Pereira found in the area and bursting towards the by-line before cutting the ball back. Not sure how much Wilfried Ndidi knew about it, but he was in the right place at the right time as the ball struck his knee around six yards out and went in to the right-hand side. No way back though, 1-2 final score.

Huge win for Southampton who undoubtedly do appear to be an improved outfit under Ralph Hasenhüttl. They burst out of the relegation zone and up to 16th with this win but are still only one point clear of the bottom three. A bad week for Leicester with another loss to back up that defeat to lowly Newport County in the FA Cup. The Foxes drop down to eighth.

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