Match Pack: Saints vs Leicester

By SFC Media time Thu 29 Apr Saints v Leicester City

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...

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Leicester City
St Mary’s Stadium
Premier League
Friday 30th April 2021, 8pm BST

THE OFFICIALS

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.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: during the Premier League match between Southampton and Burnley at St Mary's Stadium on April 04, 2021 in Southampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints will return to St Mary's after three consecutive matches away from home. (Photo: Matt Watson)

TEAM NEWS

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. 

FORM GUIDE

Southampton:


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

Leicester:

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

THE MANAGERS

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.

TOP PERFORMERS

Southampton

Goals:


Danny Ings 11
James Ward-Prowse 8
Ché Adams 7

Assists:

James Ward-Prowse 6
Stuart Armstrong 5
Ings, Adams 4

James Ward-Prowse
Distribution stats
Passes completed
2.1K
Crosses
56
Assists
6
Chances created
48
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Leicester

Goals:


Kelechi Iheanacho 17
Jamie Vardy 15
Harvey Barnes 13

Assists:

Jamie Vardy 8
James Maddison 7
Marc Albrighton 6

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played: 93
Saints: 34
Draws: 29
Leicester: 30

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.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Theo Walcott of during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on April 12, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Theo Walcott has an impressive scoring record against the Foxes. (Photo: Matt Watson)

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