Get set for Southampton’s Carabao Cup trip to Leicester's King Power Stadium with our in-depth match preview, in association with SportPesa…
Leicester vs Southampton
Carabao Cup Fourth Round
King Power Stadium
Tuesday 27th November, 7.45pm GMT
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints head to the King Power Stadium looking to add Leicester to their list of Premier League victims in the Carabao Cup this season. Victories over Brighton and Everton set up this rearranged tie that must be won to rediscover confidence ahead of a packed festive schedule.
The winner will go on to host Manchester City in the quarter-finals in three weeks’ time and players in both squads will be keen to press their claims for further minutes on the field with the fixtures beginning to pile up.
With Premier League results below expectations, the cup has offered respite so far for Tuesday’s travellers but also for the home side - albeit to a lesser extent - who have won just one of their last five league games.
Like the away side, Claude Puel’s Foxes needed penalties to advance past Wolves to reach this stage; the Frenchman’s last Carabao Cup fourth round tie was with his former club, a 1-0 victory over Sunderland thanks to a Sofiane Boufal strike.
That result ensured that Saints have reached the League Cup quarter-final in three of the last four seasons in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Leicester: The hosts are set to be without as many as five first-team players on Tuesday night. Puel confirmed after his side’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Saturday that Harry Maguire (knee), Rachid Ghezzal (leg), Vicente Iborra and Daniel Amartey (ankle) are all unlikely to feature.
Spaniard Iborra was forced to prematurely leave the field at the Amex while fellow midfielder James Maddison faces a one-match suspension after being sent off for two bookable offences.
Southampton: Hughes declared top scorer Danny Ings “a big doubt” for the trip to Fulham at the weekend and Tuesday may still come too soon for the man whose goal at Goodison Park set up an eventually successful penalty shootout in the previous round.
Mohamed Elyounoussi came off the bench at Craven Cottage after overcoming a minor hamstring problem while Angus Gunn is likely to take the place of Alex McCarthy in goal.
Ryan Bertrand is available for selection once more after serving his own suspension and skipping Saturday’s Premier League game in west London.
Brighton (a) 1-1 (Vardy)
Burnley (h) 0-0
Cardiff (a) 1-0 (Gray)
West Ham (h) 1-1 (Ndidi)
Arsenal (a) 1-3 (Bellerin O.G)
Fulham (a) 2-3 (Armstrong 2)
Watford (h) 1-1 (Gabbiadini)
Man City (a) 1-6 (Ings)
Newcastle (h) 0-0
Bournemouth (a) 0-0
Chelsea (h) 0-3
Claude Puel: “"I don’t know for the moment which players we can use against Southampton but I am sure we will carry on with spirit. Maguire and Ghezzal will not be available.
"The cup is important for this squad, important for the Club, and it’s important to carry on because we may achieve something at the end of the season.
"We will give our best like every time and we have to manage all the difficulties."
Mark Hughes: “It’ll be difficult; it's a tough period for Leicester given the circumstances of and the tragedy the club has been through.
"We can’t allow that to affect our focus and we want to stay in a competition that has been good to us so far.
“We’ve had a tough draw in each round but we’ve acquitted ourselves well against two Premier League opponents. We’ll give it our best shot and it’s another good opportunity for different guys to come in and stake their claims.”
Leicester: With a handful of key names missing, namely the suspended midfield creator Maddison, the goalscoring burden remains on the shoulders of Jamie Vardy.
The striker leads his team’s scoring chart once more this season with four goals but is still ably supported by a squad that has strength and variety in forward positions.
Kelechi Iheanacho shone in the second round win over Fleetwood and Puel has used the cup to blood young Malian forward Fousseni Diabaté. The pacey 23-year-old scored twice on his debut in January in the FA Cup against Peterborough.
Southampton: Stuart Armstrong showcased what he may provide to Saints’ attacking threat as the season goes on at Fulham on Saturday, taking both of his goals in clinical fashion.
The first of great timing and awareness, the second of power and no little precision smashing Cédric’s back-heeled lay-off into the top corner with his in-step.
The Scot made his second successive Premier League start at Craven Cottage, coming either side of two impressive performances for his country and, by his own admission, is approaching full match fitness and confidence at the beginning of a critical winter period for Saints.
Behind him, England U21 keeper Gunn has deputised and impressed in both of his cup appearances this season, not least for his penalty shootout heroics against Everton in the third round.
Last five meetings:
August 2018: Saints 1-2 Leicester (Bertrand)
April 2018: Leicester 0-0 Saints
December 2017: Saints 1-4 Leicester (Yoshida)
January 2017: Saints 3-0 Leicester (Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez, Tadić)
October 2016: Leicester 0-0 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton boss Mark Hughes has progressed from five of his six League Cup fourth round ties as manager – his only defeat in that run was against Saints in 2014-15 with Stoke.
- This is only the second League Cup meeting between Leicester and Southampton – the Foxes won 3-2 in the second round in 1970-71.
- Leicester are looking to qualify for the League Cup quarter-final in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1999-2000 season – they won the trophy that season.
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