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Leicester City vs Southampton preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Ben Green

Published: 14:28, 11 January 2020

High-flying Leicester City play host to Southampton in the Premier League this weekend looking to sustain their pursuit of a top-four finish.

The Foxes have been in remarkable form this season under Brendan Rodgers and currently sit second in the table above reigning champions Manchester City.

With two Premier League wins on the spin following their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Liverpool, Leicester will be hoping to do the double over the Saints when Ralph Hasenhuttl takes his side to the King Power Stadium this weekend.

The Hampshire club have been enjoying a fruitful spell of late, taking the scalps of both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in their previous four outings, but thoughts of their 9-0 capitulation against Leicester earlier this campaign will still feel fresh in the memories of some fans. Can Hasenhuttl exact revenge? Or will Rodgers compile further misery? 

Read on for Leicester City vs Southampton preview, predictions, teams news, TV coverage information and more.

When is Leicester vs Southampton and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: King Power Stadium

Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Leicester City vs Southampton

25 Oct 2019Southampton 0-9 Leicester (Premier League)

12 Jan 2019Leicester 1-2 Southampton (Premier League)

27 Nov 2018Leicester 0-0 Southampton (League Cup)

25 Aug 2018Southampton 1-2 Leicester (Premier League)

19 Apr 2018: Leicester 0-0 Southampton (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Leicester (WLDWD) 12-3 Southampton (LWDLD)

Ones to watch

Leicester City: James Maddison

Jamie Vardy may very well be the reliable source of goals for Rodgers, but Maddison is arguably the fulcrum, the chief creator pulling the strings further back and keeping the wheels oiled. The 23-year-old thrived during his maiden campaign in the East Midlands but this season, he has elevated his game to new heights and is beginning to attract serious attention from some of the league’s heavyweight clubs.

Key stat: James Maddison has created more chances than any Leicester player in the Premier League this season (49).

Southampton: Danny Ings

If you reside in South East England then there will only be one man on your mind at the minute and that is Danny Ings. The former Liverpool marksman has been on an incredible goalscoring run that has seen him net nine times in his previous 10 Premier League outings, making him hot property at the St Mary’s Stadium, and perhaps a striker with an outside chance of making Euro 2020.

Key stat: Only Jamie Vardy (17) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) have scored more goals in the Premier League this season than Danny Ings (13).

Team news

Leicester City

Hamza Choudhury replaces Youri Tielemans in midfield while Ben Chilwell comes in for Christian Fuchs as Leicester revert to a four-man defence. Jamie Vardy leads the line.

Confirmed XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell; Choudhury, Praet; Maddison, Perez, Barnes; Vardy.

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Shane Long joins Danny Ings in attack for Southampton, with Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong slotting in behind them.

Confirmed XI: McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg; Armstrong, Redmond; Long, Ings.

Squawka prediction

Southampton are currently in the midst of a mini-renaissance, enjoying a run of four consecutive unbeaten games in the league, including three wins, which has seen them climb up to 12th-place in the table, but they know a trip to the King Power can be a daunting experience.

Hasenhuttl will no doubt tinker with his tactics in an effort to avoid another 9-0 mauling, but that could lead to an overly-cautious approach, which would play right into Rodgers’ hands. He will no doubt look to exploit that with the pace of Vardy, the precision of Maddison and execution of Tielemans.

Scoreline prediction: Leicester City 2-0 Southampton