England Premier League
Saturday 12th January 2019
Kick off at 3pm GMT
Venue: King Power Stadium
If somebody can tell us what Leicester side will turn up this weekend that would be most welcomed. The Dr Jekyll and Hyde of football continue to puzzle. In recent weeks The Foxes have been able to beat Chelsea and Manchester City and yet lose to Newport County in the FA Cup. Of course manager Claude Puel did rest some of his players but even still they should have been able to get through.
There does seem to be some 2016 magic in this Leicester side and a never say die attitude and then other weeks we get the 1980s version. However in their last Premier League game Puel’s men pulled off an impressive 1-0 win at difficult Everton and they are now in 7th place.
In truth with the way Manchester United have played, 7th looks like being the highest position for the club this season and if cup matches work out they might just be able to grab a Europa League spot. However there are at least five clubs vying for that position, so points must be earned.
Southampton’s new manager honeymoon syndrome seems to have ended abruptly and their fantastic 3-2 win against Arsenal seems an age ago. They haven’t won a game for their past three although let’s be a little fair on them given that they have had to play both Manchester City and Chelsea, and against The Blues away from home they managed a 0-0 result which was impressive.
The Saints remain in the relegation zone but a win here coupled with other results going their way could see them escape that, so there is all to play for.
Leicester: Jonny Evans has broken his toe and is ruled out of this encounter, the good news is that he is the only major injury worry for the club
Southampton: Charlie Austin is banned for 2 games by the FA for his rude gesture and is out of this game. Keeping with the bans, Pierre-Emile Hojberg is currently serving a 4 game ban and also misses this game
Leicester vs Southampton Head to Head:
The clubs last met here in November in the Carabao Cup when the game finished 0-0 in normal time.
Indeed the last 3 meetings when Leicester have been the home side have all finished 0-0.
We need to go back to 2011 and five games ago for a match at Leicester to have finished in over 2.5 goals.
Southampton have not won at Leicester since 2007.
Leicester vs Southampton Prediction:
Of all the games this weekend this is the one we feel confident about even if we are still unsure what Leicester side will turn up. They are in decent form and will want to try and finish this season with a European spot in mind. The club have played some good football and are difficult to beat when they play a full strength squad and will do at the weekend. Home win all the way for us.
Leicester vs Southampton Betting Tips:
Leicester to beat Southampton at 2.00
Anytime goalscorer: Jamie Vardy at 1.91