A massive game at the bottom of the Premier League standings will take place on Saturday, as Leicester City travel to St Mary’s. The hosts were beaten in their previous match by Leeds, while the Foxes will be hoping to avoid suffering a third straight loss.
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Another weekend in the Premier League means another six-pointer at the bottom end of the standings. Southampton will have home advantage for this clash on Saturday, as they will be looking for maximum points to remain in touch with safety. The Saints currently sit five points adrift of 17th-placed Leeds United, and they come into this fixture having lost four of their last five matches.
Last weekend’s defeat against the Whites looked like a crucial missed opportunity, but they appeared incredibly light in the final third throughout that fixture. The loss was their 16th of the season, meaning that they have now lost more than any other side in the top flight. Southampton has also allowed 41 goals this term, which is only worse than Bournemouth based on the teams in the bottom six places.
Leicester City appeared to be moving out of the relegation scrap after going three without defeat heading into the middle of February. However, successive defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal have seen that optimism weaken slightly. There is no denying that there is talent throughout this Foxes team, but they will need to get back on track as they sit just three clear of the bottom three.
Leicester is one of the few sides in the league that have a worse defensive record than the Saints, and they come into this fixture having allowed four goals without response in their last two. However, this looks a more winnable fixture from their perspective.
Southampton vs Leicester Head to Head
Southampton has suffered a number of heavy defeats against Leicester in recent seasons, including a 9-0 loss in 2019, and a 4-1 defeat last season. However, they picked up a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture between the sides this term, which ended a four-game wait for a win against the Foxes.
Southampton vs Leicester Prediction
Home form will be key to Southampton’s chances of staying in the Premier League this term, and they will need to play on the front foot this weekend. We could see them responding to their defeat against Leeds on Saturday by picking up a narrow 2-1 win.
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