MATCH PREVIEW: Leicester City vs Southampton

By SFC Media time Sat 02 Apr Club

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's clash with Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

Southampton head to table-topping Leicester City on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games in the Barclays Premier League.

After a draw with Sunderland, Ronald Koeman’s men picked up impressive wins against Stoke City and Liverpool to head into the final international break of the season full of confidence.

Saints have been back on the training pitch since Thursday, and now head to King Power Stadium on Sunday looking for a positive result against the league leaders.

Leicester City have surprised everyone this season, with Claudio Ranieri’s side now sitting five points clear at the top of the table with just seven games left to play.

The Foxes have lost just once at home this season; a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal back in September, and enjoyed success against Newcastle United in their previous home outing.

Earlier in the season, Leicester came from two goals down to salvage a point at St Mary’s. José Fonte and Virgil van Dijk put Saints ahead, only for Jamie Vardy to fire home twice in the second half to earn the visitors a point.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed striker Shane Long is the only doubt ahead of the trip to Leicester City, with Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin both back from injury.

Claudio Ranieri says goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be fit for Sunday’s game, but Jeffrey Schlupp is suffering from a knee injury picked up on international duty.

Frenchman N’Golo Kanté has received plenty of praise this season, including from Saints boss Ronald Koeman, for his performances since joining Leicester City.

A summer arrival from French side Caen, Kanté’s form has seen him rewarded with a call-up to his national side, scoring on his first start for France in a 4-2 win against Russia earlier this week.

The box-to-box midfielder has made 30 appearances in the Premier League so far this season, scoring in a 2-1 win against Watford at King Power Stadium in November.

With Danny Drinkwater alongside him, and Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy providing plenty of firepower in attack, Kanté’s combative displays have been a crucial part of the Foxes’ success.

Leicester City’s only win in their last eight Barclays Premier League games against Southampton came in a 2-0 win in this fixture last season.

Southampton’s only away win at Leicester City in the Premier League came in December 2001, when Saints won 4-0 at Filbert Street.

The Foxes have 41 more points from 31 league matches this season (66), compared to the 2014/15 season, while they were also bottom at this stage of the campaign last time around.

Graziano Pellè has made his presence felt in Southampton’s last two matches – both of which Ronald Koeman’s side won. The striker has been involved in all five of Saints’ goals – scoring three and assisting the other two for Sadio Mané in the win against Liverpool.

 

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You can follow all the action from Saturday's game via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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