Match Preview: Saints vs Leicester

By SFC Media time Sat 21 Jan Saints vs Leicester

Get set for Sunday's Premier League clash between Southampton and Leicester City (midday GMT) with our comprehensive match preview.


For Southampton, who start the weekend in 13th, it is an opportunity to bounce back from a run of four successive Premier League defeats and potentially to return to the top half of the division.

Leicester, meanwhile, are two places and three points worse off, and are searching for a first top-flight away win of the season.

A win for the Premier League champions could lift them above Saints, depending on the margin.


Steven Davis during the EFL Cup match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England on 11 January 2017. Photo by Matt  Watson/SFC/Digital South.
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Southampton: Midfielder Steven Davis remains out injured, but defenders Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand are expected to come back into contention after missing the midweek FA Cup win over Norwich City with slight knocks.

Leicester City: Striker Leo Ulloa will be assessed ahead of the game, as he recovers from a thigh problem. The Foxes will definitely be without Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey, who are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.


Southampton’s last five matches:

Norwich City (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
Burnley (a) L 0-1
Liverpool (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Norwich (a) D 2-2 (FA Cup)
Everton (a) L 0-3

Leicester City’s last five matches:

Chelsea (h) L 0-3
Everton (a) W 2-1 (FA Cup)
Middlesbrough (a) D 0-0
West Ham (h) W 1-0
Everton (h) L 0-2


Shane Long’s goal against Norwich means he has now scored two in his last four starts, closing in on fellow forwards Nathan Redmond and Jay Rodriguez, who have four each this season.

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Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond, Jay Rodriguez, Virgil van Dijk (4)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (3)

Riyad Mahrez leads the way with eight goals, while he has also added three assists, but he is unavailable for the Foxes. Jamie Vardy and Ahmed Musa are likely to be the big dangers in his absence.

Top scorers: Riyad Mahrez (8), Jamie Vardy, Ahmed Musa, Islam Slimani (6)
Most assists: Islam Slimani (4), Riyad Mahrez, Christian Fuchs (3)


All-time record:

Played: 83
Won: 31
Draws: 27
Leicester: 25

Previous four meetings:

October 2016: Leicester City 0-0 Southampton
April 2016: Leicester City 1-0 Southampton
October 2015: Southampton 2-2 Leicester City (Fonte, van Dijk)
May 2015: Leicester City 2-0 Southampton


Leicester have never won a Premier League match at St Mary’s

The Foxes have held the lead in just five of their top-flight games this term

The last time Saints failed to score in three successive Premier League games was February 2015


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