U18 Preview: Leicester vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 19 Feb Leicester City vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Matt Carson

Saints’ youngsters are on the road in the Under-18s Premier League, visiting Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

THE MATCH

Leicester City vs Saints
U18 Premier League
Leicester City Training Ground
Saturday 20th February, 1pm

Saints will be looking to bounce back this weekend after heavy defeat at Brighton last-time-out.

Diamond Edwards opened the scoring within the first minute with a tidy finish, but Brighton went on to win 7-1.

Paul Hardyman will be hoping his side can replicate the last meeting against the Foxes, an 8-0 victory at Staplewood Campus.

Leicester haven’t featured since the end of January but will have fond memories of their last outing.

The Foxes gained their first win in what has been a difficult season at home to Norwich City; goals from Ethan Fitzhugh and a first-half Terel Pennant hat-trick securing the three points.

Both Saints and Leicester are tied on five points going into the weekend’s fixture.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Diamond Edwards of Southampton celebrates scoring with team mates during the Premier League U18s match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton U18 at The Amex Elite Football Performance Center on February 16, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southamtpon FC)
Saints celebrate following Edwards' early opener on Monday.

LAST MEETING

The two sides last met in mid-October, in what was undoubtedly the game of the season so far for Saints.

Sam Bellis’ hat-trick inspired Hardyman’s side to an 8-2 victory at Staplewood Campus.

Further goals for the hosts came through Goran Babic, Jack Turner, Diamond Edwards and a Kazeem Olaigbe double.

Leicester grabbed two goals of their own but were unable to cope with a dominant Saints display.

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