Saturday 12 January, kick-off 3pm
King Power Stadium – Premier League
Leicester City play Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the latest Premier League predictions. Both teams had disappointing results in the FA Cup last weekend, with Southampton facing a replay next week.
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Southampton have big problems up front, while Leicester have won three of their last four Premier League games. The Foxes won 2-1 at St Mary’s earlier this season, while recent meetings at the King Power haven’t seen many goals. That’s why we’re going against both teams scoring at 10/11 with Betfred, with Leicester 9/4 to win to nil with the same bookmaker. The Foxes are 8/5 to win with under 3.5 goals in the game, with our Leicester v Southampton prediction of 2-0 to the hosts at 17/2.
Leicester to win and under 3.5 goals
Jamie Vardy got a rest at the weekend, so he should be fresh on Saturday. The Foxes striker has seven Premier League goals this season. Six of them have been Leicester’s first goals in a game, while his tally includes three penalties. Vardy is the favourite to score first in this football prediction, priced at 4/1 with bet365. He is 27/20 anytime, and 28/1 to score first in a 2-0 Leicester win.
Jamie Vardy to score first
If Southampton are going to win this game, it’s going to be because of a great defensive performance. Their attacking power’s limited, while they’re averaging exactly a goal a game so far this season. The Saints kept out Chelsea away, so they have what it takes to keep clean sheets. They must do without Maya Yoshida here, but Southampton are 11/2 to win this game to nil, and 11/1 with bet365 for a 1-0 victory. If you add Shane Long as the scorer you can get 46/1 in your football betting tips for the weekend.
Southampton to win 1-0
What’s the story with Leicester vs Southampton?
Is Leicester vs Southampton on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Leicester beat Southampton on penalties in the League Cup in November, after a goalless draw at the King Power. Everyone scored in the shootout before Manolo Gabbiadini missed the Saints’ sixth kick, allowing Nampalys Mendy to score the winner.
What are the Leicester vs Southampton odds? Leicester City are evens in this Premier League preview, while Southampton are 16/5 and the draw is 12/5. All of those football betting odds are available with Betfair, who are giving new customers up to £100 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…Southampton beat Leicester 3-0 at St Mary’s in January 2017? James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic got the goals for the Saints, in their only win against the Foxes in the last nine meetings between the teams.
Team news and form
Last six: DWWLWL
Daniel Amartey is the only player missing for the home team in this Leicester vs Southampton prediction. The Ghana international is recovering from ankle surgery, and won’t be back until March. Apart from that, Claude Puel has a fully-fit squad to pick his team from. He made lots of changes in the FA Cup at the weekend, so will return to his best XI here.
Last six: WWLLDD
Ralph Hasenhuttl also made changes in the cup, although Danny Ings missed the game with an injury. He’s also out of this game, while Charlie Austin could be banned after making a gesture against Manchester City. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended after his red card against Manchester City, but Stuart Armstrong should be fit. Maya Yoshida is at the Asian Cup, while Ryan Bertrand and Michael Obafemi will have late fitness tests.
Leicester vs Southampton prediction, preview and betting tips
Leicester City come into these football predictions after an FA Cup shock on Sunday. The Foxes lost 2-1 at Newport County, who are 13th in League Two. Southampton meanwhile threw away a two-goal lead to draw at Derby County, giving them an extra game next Wednesday. With the Saints in the Premier League relegation zone, that’s probably the last thing their manager wanted.
Southampton haven’t won away at Leicester since 2007 when the teams were both in the Championship. Leicester have won three of the five league meetings since. However, including the recent Carabao Cup tie, the last three at the King Power Stadium have finished goalless between them. That run surely has to end soon, and there’s a good chance it will on Saturday. If you fancy another 0-0 though, it’s 8/1 in your football score predictions.
However, we don’t think that’s a likely result in your Leicester v Southampton betting tips. The Foxes beat Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton over the Christmas period, and their fans will expect a reaction after losing to a League Two team at the weekend. Claude Puel’s side are seventh in the table at the moment, which looks like the best they can do. Manchester United are seven points ahead and improving, but there are six teams below Leicester within five points.
The Saints come into these Leicester vs Southampton predictions two points from safety, which is a concern. They need to keep Danny Ings fit and firing, but he’s injured again and that won’t help them here. Southampton have only lost two of their last six, with that run including a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League fixture. With two home games coming up, the Saints have a chance to go on a run with a win here, as they look to catch the three clubs who are two points ahead of them.
The away team are unlikely to take all the points though, and we fancy Leicester to make it four wins in five in the Premier League. The Foxes have improved at the back recently, only conceding one goal in their three recent games against Chelsea, City and Everton. They also beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s earlier this season.
Cardiff did beat them 1-0 at home just before new year, but Victor Camarasa scored an injury-time wonder goal in that game. Southampton are missing top scorer Ings, and maybe Austin too, and they haven’t scored on their last five visits to the King Power. That’s why we’re going for Leicester to win to nil in our free football betting tips, at 9/4.
Leicester vs Southampton first goalscorer predictions
After Vardy, James Maddison looks like Leicester’s biggest threat for the first goal. He has scored five times in the Premier League so far this season, and is 7/1 to break the deadlock here. Southampton’s options could be very limited. Ings, Austin and Hojbjerg have scored 12 of their 21 league goals this term, but are all likely to be out. That puts more pressure on Stuart Armstrong’s fitness. The Scottish international scored twice away to Fulham in November, and followed that up with a goal against Manchester United. Armstrong is 10/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this weekend’s action, while Shane Long is 17/2.
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