Leicester City Preview vs Southampton

The Foxes go into this Saturday’s game against Southampton off the back of an at times unconvincing 2-0 win over newly promoted Wolves. Both goals were rather fortunate, although the good performances of new signings James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira are big positives ahead of the trip to St Mary’s.

Southampton were rather unlucky in their last outing, a 2-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park. The Saints’ poor first half cost them dearly, as goals from Theo Walcott and Richarlison put them to the sword. The second half, however, was a different story entirely. The Saints looked dangerous going forward and Danny Ings scored his first goal for the club, but the Toffees were able to hold on for the three points.

I’m expecting a very difficult game for Claude Puel’s side, especially with their main attacking threat Jamie Vardy suspended after receiving a red card for a terrible challenge on Wolves’ Matt Doherty. Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to replace Vardy, and will be hoping to replicate his pre-season form on a bigger stage.

Southampton are expected to welcome summer signing Jannik Vestergaard back into the defence, after he missed the previous game through illness. The big Danish centre half will sure up a Saints defence that struggled with pace throughout the Everton game, making it harder for Iheanacho and co to create a lot of meaningful chances.

I’m going to predict a draw in this game. Southampton have shown their attacking intent in their opening fixtures and I’m expecting this Saturday to be no different. That being said, despite likely being on the back foot for most of the game, I can see Leicester nicking a goal, more than likely through Maddison. I’ll say 1-1.

Predicted Line-up: Schmeichel; Pereira, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell; Ndidi, Silva; Albrighton, Maddison, Gray; Iheanacho.

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