Leicester City v Southampton

Jamie Vardy scored twice for Leicester in their 2-2 draw with Southampton in October.

Jamie Vardy scored twice for Leicester in their 2-2 draw with Southampton in October.


Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is fit to play despite suffering a minor muscle injury while on international duty with Denmark.

Jeff Schlupp is doubtful with a knee injury suffered on international duty with Ghana.

Shane Long is Southampton’s only injury doubt after picking up a knock while playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand could start after recovering from the calf injury he suffered against Liverpool.


Guy Mowbray: “The fine margins of football are summed up by a striker on either side.

“It was only last June when Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin received their first England call-ups together, at the end of debut Premier League seasons that had yielded five and 18 goals respectively.

“With similar career paths of big club rejection then non-league rebuilding, Austin – two-and-a-half years younger than Vardy – might have seemed the better outside bet for a Euro 2016 place.

“Now he’s an outside bet to get back in Southampton’s team after injury, whilst Vardy….well, you know the rest.

“The home straight starts here, with Leicester no longer anyone’s outsiders.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray


Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: “Now we have to fight. This word is our trademark!

“The pressure was at the beginning of the season. Now we enjoy. Everything is in our hands and we want to continue.”

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: “Everything is possible, it is all about us and if we keep the level and the spirit, we know we are fighting for European football – fifth and sixth position on the table not the first four teams.

“If we want to play in Europe then we need more points than sixth and it starts this Sunday.”


I don’t think Saints are going to just sit behind the ball – they will fancy themselves to score, and their willingness to attack will help Leicester.

I said before the international break that I see Leicester as being on course to win the title and I don’t see anything in their remaining games to change that.

Prediction: 2-0

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Leicester have 66 points after 31 games - 41 more than at this stage last season.<!–



  • Leicester have only lost one of their last five league meetings with Southampton (W3, D1).
  • However, they have won only one of their last eight top-flight contests with Saints (D4, L3).
  • Southampton’s only win away to the Foxes in the Premier League came in December 2001, winning 4-0 at Filbert Street (D2, L6).


  • Leicester have won 12 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League home games (D5).
  • They have won 1-0 in four of their last five games, drawing the other.
  • The Foxes have kept six clean sheets in their last seven home games in the league.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s side have 41 more points from 31 games this season (66) compared to their last campaign (25). They were bottom of the league at this stage of 2014-15.


  • Southampton have lost just one of their last five Premier League away games, earning 10 points during that run.
  • Saints have gone five games without keeping a clean sheet. Prior to this run they had kept six in a row.
  • They have scored an unrivalled 12 headed goals in the Premier League this season.
  • Graziano Pelle has been involved in each of Southampton’s last five goals, scoring three himself and setting up two for Sadio Mane.

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