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17 Apr 2018 by TSZ

Premier League In Focus – Leicester vs Southampton Preview

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When? Thursday 19th April, 19:45 (UK)

Where? King Power Stadium

What channel is it on? Leicester vs Southampton will not be televised live in the UK

Are tickets still available?

Leicester - https://tickets.lcfc.com/en-GB/events/leicester%20city%20v%20southampton/2018-4-19_19.45/king%20power%20stadium

Southampton - https://tickets.saintsfc.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/StandAndAreaSelection.aspx?stadium=KP&product=PA17LE&campaign=&type=H&productsubtype=AWAY&productIsHomeAsAway=N

Where can I stream the match? N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Leicester W2, Southampton W1, D2
Premier League meetings: Leicester W9, Southampton W6, D8
All-time meetings: Leicester W26, Southampton W32, D27

LEICESTER

Predicted line-up: Hamer; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell; Mahrez, Adrien Silva, Ndidi, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Vardy

Unavailable: James (Injured), Amartey (Injured), Iborra (Injured)

Doubtful: Schmeichel (Injured)

SOUTHAMPTON

Predicted line-up: McCarthy; Cedric, Bednarek, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Tadic; Long

Unavailable: Stephens (Suspended)

Doubtful: Davis (Injured)

PREDICTION
Leicester’s hopes of a Europa League place next season have diminished after defeat to Burnley last weekend, and they find themselves nine points adrift of Sean Dyche’s men with just five more league matches left to play.

The task for Claude Puel now is to keep the likes of both Everton and Newcastle at bay and try to at least secure eighth place and the additional prize money that it would bring the club at the end of the season.

There could well be a hint that the Leicester players have downed tools for the season and are happy in the upper reaches of mid-table, something that could well be proved either way when they play host to Southampton.

The Saints have suffered consecutive 3-2 defeats, a pair of losses that has left them precariously sitting in the bottom three. The frustrating thing for Mark Hughes is the fact that they have played well against both Arsenal and Chelsea but have come away empty-handed.

It seems as if there is a fear factor creeping into the Hampshire based outfit, one that was certainly evident last Saturday when their capitulation allowed Chelsea to overturn a two-goal deficit to end up snatching all three points.

Southampton go into this game five points from safety and time is running out to get the wins that they will need to claw themselves out of the relegation zone. If Leicester are already laying out the end of season towels while dreaming of the bench, then this could present an opportunity for them.

The question that will be asked though is whether it is one that they can truly take advantage of. If they can play like the did in the first half against Chelsea they have a chance, but at the same time, you do wonder just how much that defeat has knocked their confidence.

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