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Southampton FC vs Leicester City, free match prediction 01 May 2021

01 May 2021 | 00:30 | Southampton, St Mary's Stadium
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Bang in-form Leicester take on poor Southampton side for chance to close gap on 2nd 

  • Leicester have won their last two games and are in 3rd place
  • They have opened up a four-point gap to 4th, and closed the gap on 2nd to five
  • Southampton have lost four of their last five with little to play for here

Leicester to win 2-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Southampton, St Mary's Stadium

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs LEICESTER CITY Match Preview & Analysis

Leicester are continuing to go from strength to strength right now, so much so that manager Brendan Rodgers is reported to be one of the favourites to take over as new Tottenham boss when the season ends.

Rodgers has denied all speculation, but his brilliant performance leading this Leicester side cannot be underestimated. The club are five matches away from finishing in a Champions League spot for next season, as well as in an FA Cup final next month.

In the league, they’ve been going great guns recently, collecting three wins from their last five, including the last two coming into this.

On the other hand, Southampton are in a position of having very little to play for between now and the end of the season.

They were knocked out of the FA Cup recently, by Leicester no less, and lay 15th in the table with four defeats from the last five.

Teams Preview

Southampton FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWLLL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won their most recent home match

     Should be safe this season with a nine-point gap to relegation zone

Reasons to be fearful:

     Lost their last three games

     Leicester have beaten them twice already this season

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men cannot seem to catch a break right now, with their disappointing form continuing for much of the second half of the season.

In their last game, they took the lead against Tottenham before eventually going on to lose the game, one which followed a dire 3-0 defeat to 19th place West Brom.

They’ve also fallen short twice against Leicester already this season, once in the league and also recently in the FA Cup, having not scored in either.

The positive news is that the season is almost over for the Saints, and they stand little chance of being sucked into a relegation battle with a nine-point gap over 18th place Fulham.

That said, they will want to rebuild some faith in their supporters by putting in a solid performance here.

Star Man – Danny Ings

Ings scored his 11th goal of the season against Tottenham last weekend, and it may spur him on to more here.

Leicester City Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLWWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won three on the bounce in all competitions

     Will be confident of securing top four with seven-point gap to 5th 

Reasons to be fearful:

     Mixed away form has seen three wins from last seven

     Tiring run of fixtures could lead to player fatigue

In the past couple of weeks, Leicester have done a fine job of cementing their position in 3rd place, holding off the likes of Chelsea and West Ham below them, as well as keeping Manchester United on their toes in 2nd.

With five games to play, and with a gap of five points to United, Leicester have a small but interesting chance of catching them, especially with the Manchester side facing Liverpool this weekend.

The Foxes’ away form hasn’t been as good recently when compared to earlier in the season. They’ve won three of their seven games on their travels, albeit with just one defeat to West Ham in that period.

With two wins under their belt against Southampton this season already, and with no new injury concerns here, they’ll feel confident of claiming three more points.

Star Man – Kalechi Iheanacho

The Nigerian has taken over Jamie Vardy’s scoring burden brilliantly in the second half of the season, and has 17 goals for the campaign.

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs LEICESTER CITY Winning Prediction

     Leicester are heavy favourites here

     Either Iheanacho or Ings to score

     The Foxes to boss possession and chances

Understandably, there is always the possibility of a surprise result in these types of matches, where you’re quite unsure of what you’ll get from the team out of form and with little to play for.

The Saints were good in patches against Tottenham in their last match, but were ultimately beaten. Can they put in another strong performance here?

Regardless, Leicester are favourites to claim three points.

Leicester to win 2-0

Author: Ross B.