Handed the chance to potentially leapfrog Manchester City to the second spot, a high-flying Leicester will look to extend on what has been a stellar start to the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign when they travel to a downbeat St. Mary’s on Friday night.
Returning from the international break with a 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday, the Foxes have won four of their last five matches across all competitions and they have their sights firmly set on booking a European return this season.
On the flip side, while Brendan Rodgers’ men might be enjoying an extended purple patch, the same cannot be said for a Southampton side low on both form and confidence.
Despite snatching an incredibly hard-fought 1-1 draw off of Wolves over the weekend, Friday’s hosts have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matchups and have begun freefalling down the table.
Rightfully traveling to the South Coast as a favourite with the bookmakers, Leicester can be found at 6/5 with Bet365 to leave St. Mary’s with all three points.
Southampton in another relegation scrap?
Although Southampton may have managed to snatch a point at Molineux over the weekend after seeing Wolves have two goals chalked off thanks to VAR, the Saints still remain in a battle at the foot of the table.
Losing three of their last four Premier League matchups and without a win since the 14th of September, Friday’s hosts now see only their goal difference keeping them outside the drop zone.
One man who is really starting to come under scrutiny on the South Coast is Head Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Suffering back-to-back Premier League defeats at St. Mary’s and remarkably failing to win any of their last six top-flight matches on home soil, the former RB Leipzig appears to be a man fighting for his job.
Hasenhuttl is currently priced at 10/1 with Betfair to be the next manager given the boot, only behind Marco Silva and Mauricio Pochettino who sit at 7/2 and 3/1 respectively.
If Southampton are to end their winless run on Friday, then fans on the South Coast will be looking for leading goalscorer Danny Ings to lead their charge.
The former Liverpool striker has bagged five goals in his last four matches across all competitions and can be found at 21/10 with Coral to extend that run this weekend.
Leicester’s European charge
Returning from the international break with a 2-1 win over Burnley, the mood around the King Power continues to soar and Head Coach Brendan Rodgers will know that another victory on Friday will see them briefly leapfrog Manchester City to the second spot.
Arguably the Premier League’s surprise package so far this season, the former Celtic boss will have his sights firmly set on ending the Foxes’ European exile.
Now winning four of their last five matches across all formats and with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United, and Arsenal continuing to struggle, you might be interested to know that the former champions can be found at 7/4 with Bet365 to book a Champions League return next summer.
Much like Friday’s hosts, Leicester have one leading man who is enjoying an extended purple patch.
Finding the net against Burnley over the weekend, attacking talisman Jamie Vardy has now bagged three in his last three Premier League appearances and will undoubtedly lead the line at St. Mary’s.
The now-former England striker is pencilled in at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to extend that run on Friday night.