Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Southampton
Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, April 3 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Leicester 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – Southampton 12/5
The Foxes enter the weekend five points clear of Tottenham, though that margin could be reduced to two if Spurs beat Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Regardless of the Tottenham result, Claudio Ranieri will expect his side to take full advantage of this home fixture by securing three more important points.
The worry for Leicester will be that goals have proven hard to come by of late. They may have won their last three games but all three victories came by 1-0 scorelines and so finding the net more regularly will be the main objective.
Southampton still have lots to play for themselves heading into Sunday’s game. They are only four points off fourth-placed Manchester City and are looking for a third consecutive win here.
Ronald Koeman’s side picked up a remarkable win over Liverpool last time out, coming from 2-0 down to seal a 3-2 victory, and that spirit will be needed for the remainder of the campaign if they are to push for European football.
The reverse fixture ended 2-2 at St Mary’s and another goal-fest cannot be ruled out here. Both have lots to play for and so this should be a captivating watch.
Leicester have no fresh injury concerns and will be at full strength once again as they resume their title charge here. Matthew James is the only player out injured and Ranieri could name an unchanged side to the team that beat Crystal Palace last time out.
Southampton will be sweating over the fitness of Ryan Bertrand, who withdrew from the England squad with a knee problem. Charlie Austin is definitely out, while Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez are still lacking fitness. Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama could come into the starting lineup.
Leicester’s last five: W/D/W/W/W
Southampton’s last five: L/L/D/W/W
Key Stat: Leicester have only won one of their last eight Premier League games against Southampton (D4 L3)
Key Player: Jamie Vardy – Goals haven’t been coming as regularly as they were for Vardy at club level. But his fine performances for England over the international break could turn that form around and he will hope to find the net for the first time in six league games here.
Leicester 0-0 Southampton – This looks set to be a close-fought battle between two teams with plenty to play for. Leicester have not looked as dangerous in recent weeks, despite winning their last three, and might have to settle for a point against a Southampton team that showed great spirit last time out.