Leicester vs Southampton preview, team news, stats, prediction, kick-off time

Jamie Vardy, James Maddison could return but Danny Ings expected to miss out after positive Covid-19 test; follow Leicester vs Southampton with live blog on Sky Sports website and app; watch free match highlights shortly after full-time on Sky Sports' digital platforms and YouTube channel

Jamie Vardy celebrates his second-half equaliser with James Maddison
Image: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison could both return after sitting out last week's FA Cup win at Stoke

Team news and stats ahead of Leicester vs Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Leicester will be without Dennis Praet for Saturday's Premier League match against Southampton as the midfielder begins a lengthy injury absence.

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The Belgium international is set for around three months on the sidelines after damaging a tendon in his hamstring in the FA Cup against Stoke.

Top scorer Jamie Vardy (hip) and midfielder James Maddison (knee) missed the third-round win at the bet365 Stadium, but are back in contention, along with right-back Ricardo Pereira (groin), winger Cengiz Under (hamstring) and defender Caglar Soyuncu (groin).

Southampton are expected to be without forward Danny Ings, who recently tested positive for Covid-19 following the 1-0 win over Liverpool and has been self-isolating.

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Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has, though, now ended his own period of isolation after being infected with coronavirus and is available again, while forward Che Adams has recovered from concussion.

Forward Nathan Tella and defender Mohamed Salisu have both picked up muscular problems, while midfielder Oriol Romeu (calf), Moussa Djenepo (thigh), winger Nathan Redmond (hip) and defender Jannik Vestergaard (knee) all continue their own rehabilitation. Michael Obafemi is recovering from thigh surgery.

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Jones Knows prediction

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Why are Southampton such a big price here? It's 7/2 for the away win. Am I missing something?

Leicester notoriously struggle when asked to dictate games at home, losing to Fulham, Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton already this season. Brendan Rodgers' men have won 12 more points away than at the King Power this season whilst Saints have lost just two of their last 15 matches and just one of their last 13 away games.

I cannot have a Leicester win here.

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Yes, Danny Ings is out with Covid-19 but Sir Ralph has managed just fine without him in five games this season, losing just one of those. Hasenhuttl is a manager that does not rely on individuals, his emphasis is on team cohesion with everyone knowing their roles. Ings is the cherry on the top but the tasty ingredients that knit the Saints side together remain intact.

The reason for the market drift on Saints could be to do with their attacking output performance numbers over the festive period. Since beating Sheffield United on December 13, Saints have only scored twice with a combined xG figure of 3.2 - the second lowest in the division for that period. However, they have played Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool in that run, so I am happy to let those declining numbers slide for the time being. It's simply got to be an away win.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Opta stats

  • Leicester have lost their last two home Premier League matches against Southampton, one more than they did in their first 12 home games against Saints in the competition (W7 D4).
  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last four away top-flight matches against Leicester (W2 D2), winning their last two at the King Power Stadium.
  • The away team has won the last four Premier League matches between Leicester and Southampton, with the last home win in this fixture back in January 2017 (3-0 Saints). The last Premier League fixture to see five consecutive away wins was Crystal Palace vs Liverpool between May 2015 and April 2017.
  • Just 31 per cent of Leicester's Premier League points this season have been won in home games, the lowest ratio in the division. The Foxes have lost four of their eight home league games so far this term (W3 D1).
  • Leicester City are looking to win their first two top-flight league matches in a calendar year for the first time since 1984 under manager Gordon Milne.
  • Southampton are looking to keep four consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since a run of six in January/February 2016. Saints have kept eight clean sheets in 17 Premier League games this season, just one fewer than they kept in 38 games last term.
  • Having scored in 12 consecutive Premier League matches between September and December (25 goals scored), Southampton have failed to score in three of their last four league games (1 goal scored).

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