Southampton vs Leicester: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, October 21, 2019 5:16 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 5:16 PM UTC

Goals should be on the menu here...
<div><div><div><div id=":rb"><div id=":pt"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Southampton vs Leicester</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, October 25, at St Mary’s</strong></a></p><p>Southampton have gone three games without a win and that poor run of form has left them 17<sup>th</sup> in the table, teetering precariously above the relegation zone. Leicester are on fire right now and their 2-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday carried them up to third, just two points behind defending champions Man City. The Foxes should feel confident in their ability to win this game, as Southampton have the worst home record in the Premier League. However, they have only won one of their four away games and they will need to be at their very best to take three points on Friday.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Southampton picked up a strong 1-1 draw away at in-form Wolves on Saturday. The team looked more balanced than it has in recent weeks, with Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse playing behind Danny Ings up top. Ryan Bertrand and Jan Valery pushed up as wing-backs alongside holding midfielders Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oriel Romeu, with a back three of Jannick Vestergaard, Mayta Yoshida and Jan Bednarek. If Ralph Hassenhuttl sets up in a similar fashion on Friday, they will be tough to break down. There is a temptation to go more attacking at home, but he will be wary of Leicester’s attacking threat. The Saints do not have many injury concerns, although Moussa Djenepo is still missing.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Leicester have two wonderful playmakers in Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, and it will be fascinating to see them lock horns with Hojbjerg and Romeu. Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez typically push up to support Jamie Vardy, leaving just Wilfred Ndidi to screen the back four. That can leave Leicester exposed in defence, and they often concede, although they have been scoring plenty of goals recent. Çağlar Söyüncü continues to impress alongside Jonny Evans at the back, ensuring that Harry Maguire’s departure has not unduly affected the team.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>It is really tempting to back Leicester to win this game. The Saints are dreadful at home, and they lost 4-1 to Chelsea and 3-1 to Bournemouth in their last two matches at St Mary’s. However, they are not a bad team and it would be shocking to see them lose a third straight home game. They held Man Utd to a draw here, and picked up a battling draw at Wolves on Saturday, so they are unlikely to go down without a fight. It might be better to avoid the outrights and look at goals. Both teams to score has paid off in Southampton’s last four league games, and Leicester’s last two. Both teams have kept just two clean sheets in nine games so far this season, so goals should be on the menu on Friday.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Both teams to score at 1.73 (8/11) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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