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Southampton vs Leicester City
Friday 25th October, 8pm BST
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Andy Madley
VAR: Mike Dean
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
With last weekend’s point on the road at Wolves getting Saints’ Premier League points tally on the move again, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will now look to build some momentum with a win at St Mary’s.
Kicking off the weekend’s action, three points under the lights could see the hosts rise up to 14th in the table ahead of Saturday’s round of fixtures. If Saints are to do so, they’ll have to overcome a Leicester side with genuine top four ambitions.
The Foxes have carried on the form shown from the start of Brendan Rodgers’s tenure in February, sitting in third and with just two defeats to their name from the opening nine matches.
However, Saints will have fond memories from the last meeting between the two sides, when a James Ward-Prowse penalty and Shane Long strike saw the visitors leave the King Power Stadium with an important three points back in January.
Ralph Hasenhüttl will have the same squad to pick from on Friday night, with neither of his injured duo set for a return under the lights.
Moussa Djenepo, who’s been absent since mid-September with a tendon problem, is back in training but not yet ready for a return on the pitch.
Likewise, Cédric remains side lined with a calf injury after limping out of the warm-up at Tottenham three weeks ago.
Wolves (a) D 1-1 (Ings)
Chelsea (h) L 1-4 (Ings)
Tottenham (a) L 1-2 (Ings)
Portsmouth (a) W 4-0 (Ings x2, Cédric, Redmond) Carabao Cup
Bournemouth (h) L 1-3 (Ward-Prowse)
Burnley (h) W 2-1 (Vardy, Tielemans)
Liverpool (a) L 1-2 (Maddison)
Newcastle (h) W 5-0 (Pereira, Vardy x2, Dummett O.G., Ndidi)
Luton (a) W 4-0 (Gray, Justin, Tielemans, Iheanacho) Carabao Cup
Tottenham (h) W 2-1 (Pereira, Maddison)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Wins are always important for the whole atmosphere of the club and the behaviour of our players. We know that we can win Premier League games and especially at home we must show this.
“We have a chance on Friday against a strong team, but after the last game - with a better defensive performance - we have a chance to take this win against Leicester. Taking points consistently is absolutely necessary and this is what we are looking for. It’s time for a win at home and it’s time, as a club, that we show up and are committed and putting the best atmosphere we can on the pitch and in the stands.”
Brendan Rodgers: "The players have been absolutely brilliant, they’ve shown a lot of qualities and a real resilience. For me, the nice thing is that we can improve. After Burnley we were happy with the three points and elements of the game but there were elements we can improve on.
"He (Ralph Hasenhüttl) came in and made an impact. They like to be aggressive in the press at home and they’ve got some talented players. I also saw Ralph’s teams at RB Leipzig and they’re dangerous to play against."
ONE TO WATCH
Danny Ings: The Saints striker is arguably in the best form of his life, with last weekend’s clinical finish at Wolves marking the fourth successive match the 27-year-old has found the back of the net in.
It’s a career first for Ings, who now has five goals from his last four matches in all competitions and a bucket-full of confidence to match.
However, the local lad is yet to find his name on the scoresheet in a league victory, with Friday night’s encounter offering the chance for that to change.
Jamie Vardy: The encounter at St Mary’s could be a battle of the talismanic strikers, with Vardy fresh from netting in the Foxes win over Burnley last time out.
Sitting on six goals for the season so far – in identical fashion to Ings – Vardy averages a goal every 113 minutes under Brendan Rodgers, his best ratio under any permanent manager at the club.
With happy memories from previous trips to the south coast, the 32-year-old will be hoping to recreate the performance that saw him grab a brace at St Mary’s in 2015.
Danny Ings: 6
Moussa Djenepo: 2
Nathan Redmond: 2
Sofiane Boufal: 2
Danny Ings: 1
Kevin Danso: 1
Jamie Vardy: 6
James Maddison: 3
Youri Tielemans: 3
Harvey Barnes: 3
James Maddison: 2
Ayoze Pérez: 2
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Leicester 1-2 Southampton (Ward-Prowse, Long) (Premier League)
Leicester 0-0 Southampton* (Carabao Cup)
Southampton 1-2 Leicester (Bertrand) (Premier League)
Leicester 0-0 Southampton (Premier League)
Southampton 1-4 Leicester (Yoshida) (Premier League)
*Leicester won 6-5 on penalties
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton are looking to secure consecutive wins over Leicester for the first time since 2001.
- Leicester have never won a Premier League match on a Friday (D2 L5).
- Red cards were shown to Southampton players in both of last season’s fixtures. Saints have never had a player sent off in three consecutive matches against an opponent in the Premier League.
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