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Leicester City v Southampton predictions, betting tips & match preview: Foxes to dent Saints’ survival fight

Leigh Copson 15 Apr 2018
  • Leicester City v Southampton kicks off at 19:45 BST on Thursday, April 19
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for this Premier League match
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester City v Southampton predictions for the Premier League game on Thursday, April 19. Southampton are running out of time in their fight for survival – can they pick up three much-needed points when they visit a Leicester City side that have lost their last two? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Leicester City v Southampton Predictions


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Southampton were on the brink of giving their survival fight a huge boost when they held a two-goal lead going into the final 20 minutes of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea. Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek appeared to have put Saints on course for their first Premier League victory since the 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion in early February, but two goals from Olivier Giroud and an Eden Hazard effort turned the tie in Chelsea’s favour and move Saints a step closer to the drop.

Southampton are now five points from safety with only five games left on their schedule, but while they are not dead-and-buried in the battle against the drop, they desperately need to discover that winning touch between now and the end of the campaign, starting with Thursday night’s trip to face Leicester City.

The Foxes are up to eighth in the Premier League table, but there is very little chance of them improving on that position between now and the end of the campaign, so their aim for the final few weeks is simply to consolidate that spot. They have not helped their cause in the past couple of weeks though, following up a 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle United with a 2-1 loss at Burnley last time out, so there is some pressure on Claude Puel’s side to stop the rot when they welcome Southampton to the King Power Stadium.

But can Leicester return to winning ways or will Southampton keep alive their quest to ensure they are playing top-flight football next season? I am backing the former.

There is no doubt that the home defeat to Newcastle was a very disappointing result for the Foxes, but that was their first loss at the King Power Stadium since the shock defeat to Crystal Palace in mid-December and Southampton are hardly great travellers. Saints’ two league wins away from home this season have come against sides that were propping up the table at the time, and if you want to look at their overall Premier League form, Mark Hughes’ men have now won only one of their last 20 fixtures in the top flight. They are, quite frankly, there for the taking so I am backing Leicester for a return to winning ways on Thursday night.

My second recommendation for the match is to back Jamie Vardy to continue his purple patch in front of goal. The Leicester City and England forward has already eclipsed his Premier League goal tally for last season, showing the sort of form that helped fire the Foxes to a shock title success in 2015/16, and he has now netted in each of his last five appearances for his club, while scoring in six of his last seven outings for club and country. In this sort of form, and against a Southampton defence that have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 games, Vardy is a very tempting anytime goalscorer selection here.

Leicester City v Southampton Stats


  • Leicester City have lost just once at home in the Premier League since mid-December
  • Southampton have won only one of their last 20 matches in the Premier League
  • Southampton have managed just two away wins in the league this season – with both coming against the team that was bottom at the time
  • Leicester City thrashed Southampton 4-1 at St Mary’s back in December
  • Southampton have not won at Leicester City since a 1-0 win in December 2007
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last five appearances for Leicester City

Leicester City v Southampton Predictions




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