Preview: Leicester City vs Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 01 Oct Leicester vs Saints

Take a read through our in-depth match preview ahead of Southampton's trip to reigning champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

What’s at stake?

Southampton travel to Leicester City buoyed by their first away victory of the season, after a fine 3-0 success over West Ham last weekend.

Goals from the in-form Charlie Austin, Dušan Tadić, and James Ward-Prowse capped a fine performance in the capital.

And after a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Europa League against Hapoel Be’er Sheva extended the unbeaten run to five games, with five clean sheets to boot, Claude Puel’s men are in confident mood.

They will also be hoping to improve their record at the King Power Stadium, having won one of seven visits to the East Midlands, which came when they claimed a 2-1 win in December 2007.

Claudio Ranieri has called for more consistency from him side after a mixed start to the season.

Last time out in the Premier League, they lost 4-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford meaning they have now been defeated in three of their six league games, as many as they had lost in their previous 42 in the competition.

Their home form has been a cause for optimism though, with victories against Swansea and Burnley as well as a 1-0 success against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League.

Team news

Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns following the trip to Israel in the UEFA Europa League.

Captain José Fonte, Charlie Austin, Steven Davis and Ryan Bertrand were all left out of that squad, while Jay Rodriguez and Sofiane Boufal also work towards full fitness.

In the opposition ranks, Nampalys Mendy has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained on his Premier League debut against Arsenal in August.

Kasper Schmeichel has trained well after returning from injury for the game against FC Porto in midweek.

Form guide:

Leicester City’s last five:

• FC Porto (H) W 1-0 (UEFA Champions League)
• Manchester United (A) L 4-1
• Chelsea (H) L 4-2 AET (EFL Cup)
• Burnley (H) W 3-0
• Club Brugge (A) W 3-0 (UEFA Champions League)

Southampton’s last five:

• Hapoel Be’er Sheva (A) D 0-0 (Europa League)
• West Ham United (A) W 3-0
• Crystal Palace (H) W 2-0 (EFL Cup third round)
• Swansea City (H) W 1-0
• Sparta Praha (H) W 3-0 (Europa League)

Top performers

While Charlie Austin netted his fifth goal in four games against West Ham, there was another impressive performance from Dušan Tadic, who is clearly adapting well to Claude Puel’s system.

The Serbian netted his first goal of the season when his clever run was spotted by Austin, before skilfully rounding Adrian to extend the lead to 2-0.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (5)
Most assists: Cuco Martina (1), Charlie Austin (1), Ryan Bertrand (1), James Ward-Prowse (1), Shane Long (1)

The signing of Algerian international striker Islam Slimani was seen as something of a coup. He netted 27 times in 33 appearances for previous club Sporting Lisbon last term and has made an impressive start.

He scored three times in his first four games for the club, all of which have come with his head and he adds a different dimension to the Foxes attack.

Top scorers: Jamie Vardy (2), Islam Slimani (2)
Most assists: Robert Huth (1), Jamie Vardy (1), Daniel Amartey (1), Danny Drinkwater (1), Christian Fuchs (1)

Previous meetings:

All-time record:

Played: 82
Leicester City wins: 25
Draws: 26
Southampton wins: 31

Last four meetings:

April 2016: Leicester City 1-0 Southampton
October 2015: Southampton 2-2 Leicester City (Fonté, van Dijk)
May 2015: Leicester City 2-0 Southampton
November 2014: Southampton 2-0 Leicester City (Long 2)

Did you know?

Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Charlie Austin has scored as many goals as Wayne Rooney (21) despite playing 20 games fewer than the England captain.
Southampton have gone three hours without conceding in the Premier League.

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