Southampton will return to St Mary's Stadium when they host Leicester in the Premier League on Friday. Get set for the evening kick-off with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Southampton vs Leicester City
St Mary’s Stadium
Friday 30th April 2021, 8pm BST
Referee: Robert Jones
Assistants: Darren Cann, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
After losing to Leicester in the FA Cup semi-final almost a fortnight ago, Southampton will be looking to exact some revenge in the league.
Three points for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side would also tip them on the verge of mathematical safety whilst lifting them as high as 13th, albeit before the weekend’s fixtures are played out.
For Leicester, they’ll be keen to extend their four-point buffer over fourth-placed Chelsea, as the race for the top four hots up.
Having missed out on the Champions League last season due to a late lack of form, Brendan Rodgers will be determined for his side to finish off what has been a consistent campaign for the Foxes.
Ralph Hasenhüttl will be unable to call upon Danny Ings (hamstring) and Ryan Bertrand (calf), with Ings limping out of last week's trip to Spurs whilst Bertrand hasn't featured since the FA Cup semi-final against the Foxes earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Oriol Romeu has returned to individual training and Michael Obafemi continues to regain sharpness with the first team, but Friday's encounter will come too soon for both.
For the visitors, Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Wednesday that Harvey Barnes will miss the remainder of Leicester's season due to needing a second operation on his knee, with Wes Morgan and James Justin also sidelined. Otherwise, the Foxes came through Monday's clash with Crystal Palace unscathed.
Tottenham (a) 1-2 (Ings)
Leicester (n) 0-1 FA Cup
West Brom (a) 0-3
Burnley (h) 3-2 (Armstrong, Ings, Redmond)
Bournemouth (a) 3-0 (Djenepo, Redmond 2) FA Cup
Crystal Palace (h) 2-1 (Castagne, Iheanacho)
West Brom (h) 3-0 (Vardy, Evans, Iheanacho)
Saints (n) 1-0 (Iheanacho) FA Cup
West Ham (a) 2-3 (Iheanacho 2)
Man City (h) 0-2
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "You need to have an overall good performance, but there's no reason why we shouldn't do it.
"We had a good first half against Tottenham, but one half is not enough, so we need to be in perfect shape and then we have always a chance to win."
Brendan Rodgers: "Ralph will look to improve the depth of his team. When they are all fit, they play with intensity and put you under pressure.
"They have been unfortunate, losing by the odd goal. They work so hard and they have gifted players. We will have to work hard."
ONES TO WATCH
Ché Adams: After being recalled to the starting line-up at Spurs last time out, Adams will be tasked with leading the line in the absence of top scorer Danny Ings.
Scoring in three of his last four Premier League starts, the Scotland international will look to kick-start another rich vein of form heading into the closing stages of the season.
Kelechi Iheanacho: The Nigerian has been a revelation for Leicester this season, sitting top of their scoring charts with 17 for the campaign.
With 14 goals in his last 14 games, Saints will be well aware of the threat he poses after ending their FA Cup campaign at Wembley earlier this month.
Danny Ings 11
James Ward-Prowse 8
Ché Adams 7
James Ward-Prowse 6
Stuart Armstrong 5
Ings, Adams 4
Kelechi Iheanacho 17
Jamie Vardy 15
Harvey Barnes 13
Jamie Vardy 8
James Maddison 7
Marc Albrighton 6
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton’s Theo Walcott has scored five goals in his 10 Premier League appearances against Leicester, only netting more against Tottenham and West Ham in the competition (six each). His five goals against the Foxes have come at three different stadiums – 2x Emirates, 2x Goodison Park and 1x King Power Stadium.
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