Southampton vs Leicester City: Pre-Match Analysis
Youri Tielemans fires a shot inside the opposition area. 

Leicester City are back in action on Friday evening as they face Southampton at St Mary's in the Premier League.

The Foxes are eight points away from mathematically securing a top-four finish and a win here would take them 10 points clear of fifth-place which would all but confirm their spot in the Champions League next season.

Southampton on the other hand, have nothing to play for. With safety all but secured, the Saints are playing purely for the badge. 

2021 has so far been a dreadful year for Southampton. They have picked up the least amount of points in the entire Premier League, fewer than Sheffield United

Injuries haven't helped Ralph Hasenhüttl nor has the form of Danny Ings who has only scored four goals this year. The Englishmen found the net 22 times in the league in the previous campaign but that form hasn't been replicated this season. 

Danny Ings will miss this game through injury and potentially the rest of the season. That will still be a huge loss for Southampton despite his lack of goals recently. 

Iheanacho Hot-streak

Kelechi Iheanacho has been Leicester City's main man in recent week scoring 14 goals in his last 14 games which now makes him Leicester's top goalscorer this season with 17 goals in all competitions.

He has scored in four consecutive games with his last proving to be a crucial winner against Crystal Palace on Monday night. The Nigerian is starting to prove why the Foxes were so keen to spend £25 million on him. 

At 24 years of age he is still in his development years and Brendan Rodgers has previously been critical of his first touch and his link-up play. He still has many improvements yet to make and the best it still to come.

Iheanacho has always been an exciting talent, he was awarded player of the tournament at the U17 world cup back in 2013 which made him one of the most attractive young players on the planet with a host of top European clubs queuing for his signature. 

Manchester City eventually snapped him up as he continued his promise by scoring 14 goals in 36 appearances in his debut season in professional  football. 

For many this upturn in form wouldn't have come as a huge surprise given his reputation as a youth player. Many would argue that Manchester City let him go too early and still to this day the fans would love to see him back at the Etihad Stadium

The board at Manchester City insisted that when he was sold there would be a buy-back clause in his deal which is testament to the impact he left on the club and the potential he had to be one of the very best.  

A £50 million release clause was inserted into the deal that saw him join the Foxes, however, luckily for Leicester, this clause has expired as he recently signed a new 3 year deal which keeps him under contract until 2024. 

The faith that the club has shown in Iheanacho will do his confidence the world of good and hopefully he will go on to be a mainstay in the side next season continuing his prolific streak in front of goal. 

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Verdict

Leicester City will look to press the game high and be aggressive early on. With the form Iheanacho is in it will be hard not to see him scoring in this game. 

Vardy scored a hat-trick in his last game at St Mary's in the record-breaking 0-9 victory. After only scoring 2 goals this year in the league he will be keen to get onto the scoresheet. 

As for Southampton the shining light this season has been James Ward-Prowse who we know is a specialist at scoring free-kicks so Rodgers will be well aware for his side not to give away any unnecessary fouls. 

Given the difference in class between the two sides and the form since the turn of the year, Leicester will be expected to win and it could be a long night for Southampton. 

Score prediction: Southampton 0- 3 Leicester City

 

 

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