After a challenging end to their Premier League campaigns last season, both Southampton and Leicester City faced the disappointment of relegation. But, as they acclimate to the Championship, both teams have shown promise. They will go head-to-head at St Mary’s come Friday evening.
Southampton’s recent setback was a 5-0 drubbing by a dominant Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. This defeat halted a solid performance streak where they bested Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle away, and clinched a home victory against QPR. They’re eager to reclaim their form.
On the other side, Leicester City, under the guidance of Russell Martin, have been impressive with four league wins out of five. However, Enzo Maresca’s side had a surprising hiccup, a 1-0 defeat at home to Hull City. Despite this, Maresca’s recent recognition as Manager of the Month speaks volumes about the team’s overall performance. But he’s expressed concerns about the slim margins of their victories.
Southampton’s defense, still reeling from the loss to Sunderland, could be a key factor. Will Leicester capitalize or will the Saints hold firm?
Odds & Predictions Bookmakers give a slight edge to Southampton, due to home advantage. Betting odds from bet365 favor Southampton at 6/4. Leicester City comes close at 9/5.
Looking Back Last season saw Southampton having the upper hand over Leicester City, registering a win both at St Mary’s and the King Power. However, the infamous 9-0 victory by Leicester in 2019 still lingers in memories.
Players in Spotlight Southampton’s Che Adams, previously rumoured for a significant transfer, remains a key player for the Saints. Odds for him scoring are 21/10 with bet365. Leicester’s young talent, Kasey McAteer, is also in the spotlight after his brace against Rotherham United. His odds to score are 11/2.
Friday’s clash promises to be an intriguing encounter, with both teams keen to stamp their mark in the Championship.