Southampton head to Leicester on Saturday looking to extend their impressive run of form. Get set for the Premier League clash with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Leicester City vs Southampton
King Power Stadium
Saturday 11th January 3.00pm GMT
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Marc Edwards
VAR: Darren Bond
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saturday will see the hosts wearing their traditional blue shirts and socks with white shorts, whilst Saints will don their dark grey away shirt with yellow trim, yellow shorts and yellow socks.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
After briefly turning attention to the FA Cup last weekend, Saints will be looking to continue their resurgence in the Premier League with an intriguing trip to Leicester.
The victory over Huddersfield not only ensured a spot in the fourth round, but also extended the unbeaten run in all competitions to five.
Included in that run are victories over Chelsea and Tottenham, highlighting Southampton’s ability to claim results against the top six.
The resurgence of Saints makes it an interesting match-up with Brendan Rodgers’s high-flyers, although much of the pre-match talk will be centred around the reverse fixture back in October.
Leicester stunned Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side to score nine without reply at St Mary’s, with Southampton now much better placed to give a good account of themselves in the East Midlands.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Saints as they head into Saturday's Premier League encounter.
Yan Valery remains the only absentee as he continues to recover from a viral infection, although the full-back is back in individual training and back jogging at Staplewood.
Huddersfield (h) 2-0 (Smallbone, Vokins) FA Cup
Tottenham (h) 1-0 (Ings)
Crystal Palace (h) 1-1 (Ings)
Chelsea (a) 2-0 (Obafemi, Redmond)
Aston Villa (a) 3-1 (Ings 2, Stephens)
Aston Villa (h) 1-1 (Iheanacho) Carabao Cup
Wigan (h) 2-0 (Pearce OG, Barnes) FA Cup
Newcastle (a) 3-0 (Pérez, Maddison, Choudhury)
West Ham (a) 2-1 (Iheanacho, Gray)
Liverpool (h) 0-4
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We had a moment we will never forget that’s for sure [last time against Leicester].
“We knew it was a disaster, but the response has been outrageous with the mentality and the character to fightback in a successful way.
“When you look now at how the team is playing, it’s completely different and I cannot praise them [the players] enough for the response they’ve shown.”
Brendan Rodgers: "The team has a wonderful mentality and we’ve built that during our time together. It’s a team that keeps going and our fitness is at a really high level.
"[The reverse fixture] was a tough evening for Southampton but the manager has shown his qualities and resilience. In the last eight games or so, they’re in the top four for form.
"They're a team that will be confident and it will be a tough game."
ONES TO WATCH
Jack Stephens: Whilst Danny Ings has been stealing the headlines for his impressive goal scoring, equally important for Saints’ upturn in fortunes has been Stephens.
Putting in a string of fine displays, the heart on his sleeve-type defender has helped Southampton to two clean sheets in their last three Premier League outings.
With Leicester likely to be on the attack at home, Stephens will be required to marshal the backline once again if the visitors are to come away with anything.
James Maddison: If given time and space, Maddison has the key to unlock any defence in the top flight.
Patrolling the Leicester midfield, the England international not only possesses the ability to pick a killer pass but is equally adept at producing stunning finishes from long range.
Keeping Maddison at arm’s length could be key if Saints are to maintain their resolute start to 2019 in defence.
Danny Ings 15
James Ward-Prowse 4
Moussa Djenepo 2
James Ward-Prowse 4
Danny Ings 3
Sofiane Boufal 3
Jamie Vardy 17
James Maddison 9
Kelechi Iheanacho 6
Harvey Barnes 5
Ayoze Pérez 5
Jamie Vardy 5
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
October 2019: Saints 0-9 Leicester
January 2019: Leicester 1-2 Saints (Ward-Prowse, Long)
November 2018: Leicester 0-0 Saints* Carabao Cup
August 2018: Saints 1-2 Leicester (Bertrand)
April 2018: Leicester 0-0 Saints
*Leicester won 6-5 on penalties
DID YOU KNOW?
- Among players with at least five Premier League goals this season, the two players with the best shot conversion rate are Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (35%) and Southampton’s Danny Ings (27%).
- Since losing to Leicester, Southampton have conceded just 13 Premier League goals in 11 games – in this time, only Liverpool (7) and Leicester (11) have conceded fewer.
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