Southampton vs Leicester / Premier League – On Wednesday evening seven more matches of the 17th round of English Premiership will be played and the first that we are going to analyse will play two mid-table teams. Right now 11th-placed Southampton has five points more than eight-positioned Leicester, which has three-game winning streak. Let’s add that their last duel ended as home victory of the Saints of even 3-0, which had put an end to the Foxes’ positive series of two wins and two draws. Begins: 13.12.2017 – 20:45 CET
It is very important to say that visiting teams very rarely win all three points from their recent matches, which gives reason to everyone in Southampton to hope in continuation of the tradition, despite that the Foxes won three previous matches. On the other hand, the Saints lost away to leading Manchester City than drew away with Bournemouth and finally last weekend they drew at home with Arsenal in the same period.
Of course, after all those weak results Southampton slid to the lower half of table, but it has just one point fewer than 10th-placed Everton and even five more than 18th-positoined West Ham, so they don’t have to worry too much about survival. Besides, their performances in last three rounds were definitely encouraging, especially as they managed to score at least by one goal each time, while in the meantime situation with injuries become better and only not fully recovered defender Soares is questionable for match with Leicester.
Probable lineups Southampton: Forster – Soares (Pied), van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand – Romeu, Lemina – Redmond, Tadic, Boufal – Austin
Regarding the guests from Leicester, we have said in the introduction that they won three matches in a row before this duel with Southampton, which among other things propelled them into the upper half of table. Since coach Puel took the helm the Foxes play significantly better and they lost just one match in the period, which happened five rounds ago when they faced leading Manchester City at home, while out of six remaining matches they won even four and drew two.
Last weekend they played a very good match in Newcastle which they won in the end by 3-2. It was another confirmation of their good form and it means that now against the Saints we can expect open approach from the visiting team, especially as out of action are only from before injured stopper Huth and midfielder James, and suspended midfielder Silva.
Probable lineups Leicester: Schmeichel – Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell – Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton – Gray – Vardy
Southampton vs Leicester PICK
It is fact that the guests from Leicester had won three previous matches but coach Pellegrino players are improving with each day. We are certain that will play a very good match in front of their fans, which is why we have opted for a pick with goal on both sides.
Pick: Both teams to score
Odds: 1.91 at William Hill (down to 1.82 can be played)