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Southampton vs Leicester: Foxes are on top-four mission

Kick-off: 2000, 30/04/2021

Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

After last season’s heart-breaking near miss, Leicester seem determined to wrap up a top-four finish as soon as possible this term.

The Foxes have already beaten Southampton in the Premier League and the FA Cup and are taken to confirm their superiority at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday night.

We’re going with 23/20 for an away victory as our first Southampton vs Leicester prediction.

A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds

Southampton followed up that 1-0 semi-final loss to City at Wembley by going down 2-1 at Tottenham in this competition.

Danny Ings gave Saints a deserved half-time lead, but they paid the price for sitting back after the break, with Son Heung-min’s late penalty a cruel decider.

That was a 12th defeat in 15 league matches and Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “The way we lost the game, we cannot be more hurting, to be honest.

“The way we gave them the goals is always the same issue. We don’t clear the ball from the corner, we make a stupid foul in the last minute and we concede a goal we never should.

“Then all of the work you put in is gone and it’s hard to take.”

Saints are still comfortably clear of being dragged into a relegation battle and may lack motivation unless that changes.

They have netted in eight of their last nine home games, though, so 11/4 for an away win and both teams to score stands out from the Southampton vs Leicester odds.

Last Saints line-up: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Salisu, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Ings, Adams, Tella, Walcott.

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester have built on reaching the cup final by securing back-to-back league victories which have given them a seven-point cushion in the quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

A smooth 3-0 success versus West Brom was followed by a gutsy, come-from-behind 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace.

Wilfried Zaha put the Eagles ahead in the first half, but Timothy Castagne and the red-hot Kelechi Iheanacho replied after the interval.

“We had that hunger and desire,” declared Brendan Rodgers. “It’s a real collective win.

“We said at half-time about keeping calm and the goal early in the second half was wonderful and that set the tone for us.

“What was really pleasing was the patience we kept. With a bit more finesse, we might have had a couple more goals.”

Iheanacho’s superb strike was his 14th goal in as many games and 21/10 for him to score in an away win is added to our Southampton vs Leicester betting tips.

For those eyeing a bigger pay-out, let’s try 22/1 for Iheanacho to net first in a 2-1 victory.

Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Fofana, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho.

Additional stats

Last result:

Tottenham 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON – Danny Ings

LEICESTER 2-1 Crystal Palace – Timothy Castagne, Kelechi Iheanacho

Head-to-head: Leicester 1-0 Southampton, Leicester 2-0 Southampton, Leicester 1-2 Southampton, Southampton 0-9 Leicester

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