Southampton vs Leicester City


Claude Puel returns to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Wednesday together with his Leicester Metropolis aspect on a three-match profitable run.
Puel, sacked by the Saints in June regardless of main them to eighth place within the league and the League Cup ultimate, has overseen an upturn in Leicester’s fortunes, with the Foxes having misplaced solely as soon as since his appointment (W4 D2).
Puel’s Leicester are starting to extra resemble the aspect which received the title two years in the past than the group sucked right into a relegation battle final season, with the tempo of Demarai Grey, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy hurting groups as soon as once more.
Southampton should not in horrible type themselves, as Mauricio Pellegrino has them scoring once more finally, primarily via the efforts of Charlie Austin. The Saints striker has scored in each league sport he has began this season, with 4 objectives up to now 4 video games. Ending continues to be an issue for Southampton, nonetheless, and they need to have put Arsenal comfortably to mattress earlier than Olivier Giroud’s late equaliser on Sunday.
Shane Lengthy is touch-and-go to be obtainable for Wednesday’s match as he recovers from a calf damage whereas Cédric Soares can also return from a hamstring damage. If not, Jack Stephens is prone to stick with it at right-back, whereas Pellegrino might effectively proceed his coverage of midfield rotation, with Mario Lemina or Steven Davis pushing for choice. James Ward-Prowse is prone to be the person to overlook out.
Robert Huth and Matty James stay long-term absentees for Leicester, however they don't have any new damage or suspension issues. Leicester will possible stick to an unchanged group from their Newcastle and Burnley wins, with Grey enjoying via the center with Vardy and Shinji Okazaki providing an choice from the bench.

What time does it begin?

Southampton vs Leicester Metropolis is at 19:45 on Wednesday night time.

The place can I watch it?

Highlights will likely be obtainable on Match of the Day, at 22.45 on Wednesday on BBC1.

It’s an enormous sport for…

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. A giant-name summer time signing from Bayern Munich, huge issues had been anticipated from the Denmark worldwide final season however he has struggled to offer any creativity in a ponderous Southampton assault, contributing no objectives or assists in 22 Premier League appearances. It took him till late October to make his first look of this season, however he has lastly damaged again into the aspect, with three begins up to now two video games.
 
 
With over 65 passes per 90 minutes within the Premier League he has composure on the ball and passing capacity, however he wants to point out that he can deal with the bodily calls for of the Premier League, in addition to contributing extra in assault. In opposition to a troublesome bodily Leicester midfield of Wilfred Ndidi and Vicente Iborra, this can be a excellent alternative for Højbjerg to showcase his undoubted abilities.

Finest stat…

Southampton have accomplished eight,004 passes to date this season, the sixth highest complete within the league, and over 2,000 greater than Leicester.

Participant to look at

Demarai GreyThe teenager has been revitalised by Puel after being criminally underused by Craig Shakespeare, beginning all however one of many Frenchman’s Premier League video games. His finish product, usually criticised, has improved, with 4 objectives this season - essentially the most since his tally as an 18-year-old within the Championship with Birmingham.
With a big squad, nonetheless, he has loads of competitors for his place. Kelechi Iheanacho specifically, signed for £25m from Man Metropolis in the summertime, provides tempo and objectives and can really feel arduous finished by with solely two begins within the league all season. Grey must hold scoring to maintain his place.
 
 

Earlier three conferences

Southampton three Leicester Metropolis zero, Premier League, January 2017
Leicester Metropolis zero Southampton zero, Premier League, October 2016
Leicester Metropolis 1 Southampton zero, Premier League, April 2016

Type information

Southampton: LDLLW
Leicester MetropolisLWLDD

Odds…

Southampton: 21/20
Leicester Metropolis13/5
Draw: 23/10

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