Our expert tipster’s Leicester vs Southampton betting tips are favouring a draw as both sides are hard to beat and face some injury problems as they both look to keep tabs on the top four.
Leicester vs Southampton
Saturday 16 January, 8pm
King Power Stadium, Leicester
Live on BT Sport 1
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The Foxes harbour real ambitions of a top-four finish this season and a win against the Saints could propel them to second place in the Premier League table.
Both sides have been in excellent form this campaign and find themselves at the right end of the table. Brendan Rodgers’ men have stunned the likes of Manchester City and Spurs this season whilst Southampton battled to a magnificent 1-0 win over champions Liverpool in their previous game.
The Saints have a good recent record at the King Power, having not lost there since April 2016 and, despite enduring a 9-0 thrashing at St Mary’s against the Foxes in October 2019, recent clashes between the clubs have been tight.
We expect nothing different from this one as Saints are unbeaten on the road in the Premier League since September and Leicester’s attack are capable of scoring against anyone on their day.
Leicester City vs Southampton Odds
Leicester City vs Southampton Betting Tips
Odds are correct at the time of publication and subject to change.
Under 2.5 goals
Both these teams have been involved in some tight clashes of late. Defences have come out on top for both sides with the likes of Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and Southampton’s Jan Bednarek in excellent form.
The Foxes have a couple of key players doubtful for this one; Jamie Vardy and James Maddison are arguably Leicester’s two most influential footballers so it will be a hammer blow if they have to miss out with injury.
Danny Ings was side-lined for two months after starting the season amongst the goals. He is still nursing his way back to his best and with Che Adams also suffering from a knock, both teams may be depleted in attack.
Harvey Barnes to score anytime
If the likes of Maddison and Vardy are ruled out, then Leicester will be reliant on Harvey Barnes to conjure up some magic.
The attacking midfielder is in the form of his young career, with three goals in his past four games, including a strike in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United.
Barnes has made a real name for himself in recent weeks and is starting to show some top-quality form against some of the Premier League’s leading lights. If a goalscoring opportunity presents itself on Saturday night, expect Barnes to convert.
Leicester City Team News
With the dynamic duo of Vardy and Maddison likely to be absent, the Foxes have been dealt a body blow with the news that Dennis Praet could be out for three months with a hamstring tear. Cengiz Under has also got a knock and is unlikely to be fit to face Southampton, meaning Rodgers will have to shuffle his pack.
Leicester predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemens, Albrighton, Perez, Barnes, Iheanacho.
Southampton Team News
The Saints have two first-teamers side-lined. Che Adams and Oriel Romeu aren’t far away from returning but this game will come too soon. Ralph Hasenhuttl is likely to stick with the same side that stunned Liverpool.
Southampton predicted line-up (4-4-2): Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo, Ings, Walcott.
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