PL2 Preview: Saints vs Leicester

By SFC Media time Fri 11 Dec Saints vs Leicester City
Photo by Isabelle Field

Southampton’s B team return to Snows Stadium this weekend, with the visit of Leicester City in Premier League 2.

THE MATCH

Saints B vs Leicester City
Premier League 2
Snows Stadium
Saturday 12 December, 2pm GMT

Dave Horseman’s side will look to bounce back from defeat at Manchester United last-time-out with a return to Snows Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite showing positives signs throughout the game and looking the more likely to score during the opening stages, Saints fell to a 3-1 defeat last Friday at Leigh Sports Village.

Michael Obafemi scored the only goal of the game for the visitors, who will have felt hard done-by without any reward for their performance.

Leicester also tasted defeat during their last outing; a narrow 2-1 loss away at Chelsea on the same evening, with Henry Lawrence grabbing the winner for the hosts two minutes from time.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Michael Obafemi (L) of Southampton collects the after scoring during the Premier League 2 match between Manchester United and Southampton B Team at Leigh Sports Village on December 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Michael Obafemi celebrates scoring last Friday.

LAST MEETING

Leicester’s visit to Staplewood on the 2nd March 2020 turned out to be the last fixture of the 2019/20 campaign after the fixtures were suspended.

The Saints side, which included first-team regulars Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams, took the lead through Adams in the 24th minute.

But the Foxes fought back, equaliser just four minutes later through Callum Wright, before George Hirst put his side ahead just past the half hour mark.

The points were sealed in the fifth minute of stoppage time, substitute Conor Tee scoring after coming on just two minutes prior.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Ché Adams (L) and Dan N'Lundulu (R) during PL2 match between Southampton and Leicester City at Staplewood Training Center on March 02 2020 in Southampton England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ché Adams celebrates scoring against Leicester last year.

MANAGER’S NOTES

Horseman was left frustrated after the United defeat on Friday but saw Saturday’s visit of Leicester as another opportunity.

“Like every game in this league it’ll be tough,” he said. “They’re really well organised and have an excellent coach there.

“They’re on a bit of form at the moment, beat Tottenham 5-1 last week who had Danny Rose and few others involved.

“Obviously they're a tough team but there’s nobody we’re worried about. But we have to do better, both ends of the pitch.

“Playing out, defending in and around our box, particularly against teams who want to turn us around.

“Then when the opportunities arise we need clarity. To make sure we take the chances we’re carving out at the moment.”

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