Southampton want to continue their fine form and pound more misery on champions Leicester City when the two sides meet tomorrow.
Saints didn’t have the best start to this season but have slowly gathered form and momentum with an unbeaten streak which is now at four games, across all competitions. Two wins out of the last two in the Premier League and with a Europa League win in-between. A solid point away to Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva will give them a huge boost when facing inconsistent Leicester.
Although the draw was a disappointing result after failing to break down the hosts, with the win against West Ham still fresh in the memory, and with Steven Davis and Charlie Austin returning, the South Coast side can go to King Power Stadium still on a high.
Outfoxed or not outfoxed
The champions have been massively inconsistent this season, with great wins against Club Brugge and Porto but abysmal performances against Liverpool and Manchester United in domestic competitions have left the Foxes faithful unsure what way there season will pan-out.
Losing 4-0 in a shambolic performance at Old Trafford last week where the game was over before the first half had ended has people questions about the ability of this Leicester side. Although the Portuguese champions asked questions of the defence they never really looked scoring.
New signing Islam Slimani is in fine goal scoring form with miss-firing Jamie Vardy not finding his golden boots that he wore last season but with the Champions returning to the King Power stadium where they haven’t lost in 19 matches is a huge bonus.
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Leicester have dominated this fixture at home for many years with Saints only ever picking up one away victory in top flight history. They have won the last three since returning to the Premier League but Saints did run them close losing by a single goal at the back end of their remarkable season last year.
Ryan Bertrand and Jose Fonte join Austin and Davis on returning to squad as they look to make it a hat trick of wins on the bounce. And with the return of Fonte and Bertrand it only bolsters the defence who haven’t conceded in five.
Saints held the City at St Marys to a 2-2 draw and really should of earned a pointed in the reverse fixture but some contraversial refereeing they were unable to pick up any points and Claude Puel's men will hope to revenge for that on Sunday.