Leicester City vs Southampton Odds & Preview – EPL Round 19

Leicester vs Southampton

Leicester City players, left, celebrate with Leicester’s head coach Brendan Rodgers at the end of the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Bet365 stadium in Stoke on Trent, England, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
  • Fourth-placed Foxes host seventh-placed Saints at 3:00pm ET on Saturday
  • Southampton fresh from a win over Liverpool while Leicester unbeaten in four
  • See all odds and best bets for Leicester City vs Southampton EPL Round 19 below

Leicester City plays host to Southampton on Saturday in a meeting of two clubs both enjoying good seasons near the top of England’s Premier League heading into EPL Round 19.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester team are in fourth place after putting together a four-match unbeaten league run.

They are only four points behind leaders Manchester United.

EPL Leicester City vs Southampton Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Leicester City vs Southampton LEI -1.25 (+190) | SOU +1.25 (-240) LEI -125 | SOU +350 | DRAW +270 Ov 2.5 (-113) | Un 2.5 (-107)

Odds from DraftKings taken on January 15

In seventh place, Southampton are undefeated in three league games. They beat champions Liverpool 1-0 at home last time out in the EPL on January 4. This was their third successive clean sheet.

At DraftKings, the odds are very much in favor of a home win for Leicester at -125. Southampton are priced at +350.

The best value on offer here looks to be the attractive +270 for a draw.

An impressive 4-0 win against Stoke City of the Championship last weekend has further lifted the mood around Leicester.

2021 English Premier League Odds Tracker

Welcome Break for Southampton

Meanwhile. Southampton may reap the benefits of an unexpected mid-season break after their FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town was postponed following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the opposing team’s camp.

It means that Ralph Hassenhutl’s Southampton outfit have not played for 11 days since the defeat of Liverpool, who were EPL leaders at the time.

Jamie Vardy, the Leicester forward who is the EPL’s joint-third leading goalscorer with 11 strikes, may also be in a refreshed mood after being rested for the FA Cup win against Stoke City.

However, Danny Ings, who scored Southampton’s winner against Liverpool, will be forced to miss the game against Leicester after himself testing positive for the coronavirus.

Southampton have made steady progress this season after losing their opening two matches.

Ings has been Southampton’s leading goal-getter this season with a tally of seven in the EPL.

Southampton have made steady progress this season after losing their opening two matches.

They have been as high as third place after a 3-0 home win against bottom club Sheffield United on December 13.

Leicester vs Southampton Stats

Southampton
10 Wins 8
5 Losses 4
2 Draws 5
31 Goals 26
21 Goals Against 19
35 Yellow Cards 25
0 Red Cards 0
5 Clean Sheets 8

Recently, they have lost only once in their last six EPL games: a 1-0 setback against the powerful Manchester City outfit on December 19.

Since then they were involved in goalless draws at Fulham and West Ham United before the win against Liverpool.

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Those results suggest a steady form rather than a rampantly impressive mood at the club.

But the win against Liverpool has been a huge confidence booster – with the team determined to maintain their challenge for a European qualification place.

Top Four Challengers All Season

Rodgers’ attractive Leicester side have maintained a challenge around the top four all season and have three times been the EPL leaders.

They have also confidently reached the last 32 of the Europa League after winning their group while losing only once in six matches.

Last time out in the EPL, they were 2-1 winners away at Newcastle United.

The current undefeated run began with a notable 2-0 win at Tottenham Hostpur on December 20.

The memory of the 9-0 win achieved by Leicester at Southampton will loom large over Saturday’s meeting.

Then came a 2-2 draw away at Manchester United before a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

There was a 2-1 win for Southampton at Leicester the last time these teams net in January last year.

But the memory of the 9-0 win achieved by Leicester in the prior fixture at Southampton will loom large over Saturday’s meeting. That was in October 2019.

Against that, Leicester’s recent home form has not been impressive with two wins, one draw and no fewer than four defeats at the King Power Stadium this season.

There was a particularly bad patch at their own HQ – where Leicester are usually dominant – in October when they lost successively against West Ham United and then Aston Villa.

On the road, Southampton’s fortunes have been good with three wins and four draws in a seven-game undefeated run away from their own HQ. They have lost only once on the road this season.

Dennis Praet, Leicester’s influential Belgian international midfielder will miss the game after being injured in the FA Cup tie against Stoke.

But like Vardy, the lively midfielder James Maddison could return for Leicester after missing that FA Cup tie.

There have been five clean sheets for Leicester in their last 10 meetings with Southampton.

Pick: Draw +270

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