EPL Soccer: Leicester City vs. Southampton Preview, Odds and Prediction - 04/30/2021

by Big Al Staff

Friday English Premier League Preview: Leicester City versus Southampton. 

Leicester City visits Southampton on Peacock at 3 PM ET on a battle between two teams moving in different directions. 

The Foxes have won three straight matches after their 2-1 comeback victory against Crystal Palace on Monday. Leicester City conceded the opening goal 12 minutes into the contest when Wilfried Zaha scored for the Eagles. Timothy Castagne scored the equalizer five minutes into the second half before Kelechi Iheanacho netted the winner in the 80th minute. That triumph was the Nigerian’s tenth goal for the Foxes in his last eight matches across all competitions. He has scored in four straight games. Jamie Vardy still leads the team with 13 goals.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has his team comfortably in third place in the English Premier League table with 62 points. Leicester City is four points ahead of Chelsea and seven points up on West Ham United. They trail Manchester United for second place by five points, and they are a distant 15 points behind Manchester City at the top of the table. 

Leicester City is currently in third place in the EPL with 56 points. They trail Manchester United for second place by 10 points. They are one point ahead of Chelsea and West Ham, who are on their heels with 55 points. Liverpool and Tottenham are two points behind with 54 points in the crowded top-end of the table. This side also has an impending showdown with Chelsea for the FA Cup title on May 15th in their first attempt to win that trophy in 52 years.

The Foxes are getting healthier. James Justin and Harvey Barnes are both out indefinitely with injuries. Wes Morgan is a doubt with a back injury but the veteran Jamaican defender has only played 16 minutes this season. 

Southampton has lost three straight matches across all competitions after a 2-1 loss at Tottenham on April 21st. The Saints took the lead in the 30th minute from a Danny Ings’ goal. The Hotspurs leveled the game at 1-1 at the 60th-minute mark. It was then Son Heung-Min’s penalty kick opportunity at the 90th minute that continued their losing streak. 

Manager Ralph Hassenhuttl’s team has lost 12 of their last 15 matches in the English Premier League, and they have lost 12 of their last 17 games across all competitions. Southampton is in 15th place in the EPL with 36 points. They are nine points clear of relegation with Fulham in 18th placers with 27 points. 

The Saints return home to St. Mary’s Stadium, where they snapped a five-game winless streak in their previous match at home on April 4th with a 3-2 victory against Burnley. 

Danny Ings will miss this match as he is probably out the season with a hamstring injury he suffered in the game against Tottenham. He leads the Saints with 10 goals. Che Adams inherits the primary scoring duties. He has seven goals in the EPL this season.

This contest is the third meeting between these two teams in 2021. Leicester City defeated Southampton in the semifinals of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium on April 18th. The Foxes also won the reverse fixture at home at King Power Stadium, 2-0, on January 16th.

BetOnline lists Leicester City as a -0.5 money line road favorite with the total set at 2.5.

Computer prediction:  Southampton 2 Leicester City 1

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