Live match preview – So’ton vs Leicester 01.12.2021

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Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Southampton vs Leicester in the Premier League on Wednesday; kick-off 7.30pm.

Team news

Defender Jack Stephens could return to the Southampton squad for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.

Stephens is back in training after more than two months out with a knee injury and could be involved as the Saints attempt to bounce back from defeats at Norwich and Liverpool in their last two games.

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Southampton’s Jack Stephens is close to a return

Moussa Djenepo should also be available after recovering from a knock, but fellow midfielder Stuart Armstrong (calf) is still out.

Southampton provisional squad: McCarthy, Forster, Walker-Peters, Livramento, Salisu, Stephens, Bednarek, Lyanco, Perraud, Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Smallbone, Elyounoussi, Walcott, Djenepo, Tella, A. Armstrong, Adams, Broja, Long.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has the same squad at his disposal as for the weekend win over Watford.

Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans is nearing a return after missing the last three games with a calf problem but is not quite ready yet.

Ricardo Pereira (hamstring) and long-term absentees James Justin and Wesley Fofana remain out.

Leicester provisional squad: Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic, Castagne, Thomas, Bertrand, Soyuncu, Nelson, Evans, Amartey, Vestergaard, Ndidi, Daley-Campbell, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Soumare, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Marcal-Madivadua, Lookman, Vardy, Perez, Iheanacho, Daka.

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A preview of matchweek 14 in the Premier League as Newcastle host fellow strugglers Norwich, Everton face rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby and Arsenal travel to Manchester United

Follow Southampton vs Leicester in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel after full-time.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win against Southampton in the Premier League

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester’s win against Watford in the Premier League

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Brendan Rodgers praised the contribution of Leicester midfielder James Maddison in their 4-2 Premier League win over Watford

One result is not enough to convince me Brendan Rodgers has Leicester back to where he wants them.

The 4-2 win over Watford showcased what a deadly finisher Jamie Vardy still is but it also rammed home the point that, as a defensive unit, Leicester remain all over the shop. Watford created an expected goals figure of 2.7 at the King Power, highlighting just how many times Rodgers’ team were cut open. Only Newcastle have faced more shots than Leicester (207) this season.

Meanwhile, Southampton certainly look the better balanced team with Ralph Hasenhuttl. Before the hammering at Liverpool, he had managed to shore up what has been a very leaky defence. The home win is fancied at 13/10 with Sky Bet.

Che Adams is fully reaping the benefits of Hasenhuttl’s ability in improving players. He has grabbed the responsibility of being Southampton’s main man in attack with both hands and has transferred that form to the international stage with Scotland, too. With Leicester’s problems through the centre of their defence, Adams is bound to get chances to add to his tally of five goals in his last seven games for club and country. He can score in a home win.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1

BETTING ANGLE: Che Adams to score and Southampton to win (16/5 with Sky Bet)

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes new Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will have a positive impact at the club

  • Southampton have had a player sent off in each of their last three home league games against Leicester – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in 2018-19, Ryan Bertrand in 2019-20 and Jannik Vestergaard last season.
  • After winning just three of their first 38 away league games against Southampton (D14 L21), Leicester have now won on three of their last four visits to St Mary’s (D1) while netting 16 goals in the process.
  • So far in 2021, Southampton have lost six of their seven midweek Premier League games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning the other. Saints have conceded 25 goals in these seven games, including a 9-0 loss at Manchester United in February.
  • Southampton’s home games have seen fewer goals scored than any other side in the Premier League this season (9), with Saints scoring five and conceding four in their six games at St Mary’s so far this term.
  • Leicester City have both scored and conceded in each of their last 13 Premier League away games (F20 A21) – in Premier League history, only Blackburn have had a longer run of both scoring and conceding in consecutive away games (14 between May 2011 and February 2012).

Premier League Review: Was Carrick right to drop Ronaldo? Pressure on Rafa ahead of derby, Howe’s problems and title tips

On the latest Essential Football Podcast Alice Piper is joined by Sky Sports football writers Gerard Brand and Ben Grounds to look back on another big weekend at both ends of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s lead slipped following a 1-1 draw with Man Utd at Stamford Bridge.

PART 1 | Was Michael Carrick right to opt against starting Cristiano Ronaldo – and should United have signed him at all? United’s interim-to-the-interim manager’s tactics are assessed ahead of Ralph Rangnick’s arrival, questions raised over Chelsea’s attacking prowess, while will Arsenal fancy facing this United side next given their own form?

PART 2 | Where does another bad result at Brentford leave Everton boss Rafa Benitez ahead of the Merseyside derby in midweek? Do Liverpool have anything to fear? And the curious case of Marcelo Bielsa and Kalvin Phillips…

PART 3 | Newcastle show Eddie Howe the scale of the task ahead of him with a six-pointer against Norwich next up, Aston Villa grind their way to victory again – and with two points separating the top three, who’s going to win the Premier League?

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