Predicted Southampton Line-up To Face Leicester City In The Premier League
Olivier Giroud may have spoilt Southampton’s party at home at the weekend, as the Saints picked up just a point from their clash against Arsenal at the weekend, having led the game for almost the entire 90 minutes. They are still outside the top half of the table but have a decent chance of moving up the points table this week when they welcome Leicester City to the St. Mary’s.
The Foxes won a close match against Newcastle United and are within the reach of a European spot but will not find it easy against a Southampton side that has been hard to beat this season.
Shane Long missed the previous game through a niggle but is expected to be back in action along with Cedric Soares, who will undergo a late fitness test before the game to assess his chances of starting this game.
Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino
GK – Fraser Forster
A giant of a shot-stopper, Forster had a decent outing against Arsenal and will hope for a similar night against Leicester.
RB – Cedric Soares
Though there are some decent backups in the first-team, Soares remains the first choice for the manager and should keep his place at right-back.
CB – Virgil van Dijk
The Dutch defender was not at his best at the weekend and it will not get easier against the likes of Vardy.
CB – Wesley Hoedt
Having settled in well at his new club, Hoedt is the first choice for Pellegrino and should partner Van Dijk at the back.
LB – Ryan Bertrand
One of the most consistent left-backs in the league at the moment, Bertrand will have to keep the likes of Mahrez quiet for the Saints to take anything from this game.
CM – Oriol Romeu
Though he was often caught out of position in the previous game, Romeu remains the first-choice midfielder for Southampton and should start against the Foxes.
CM – Mario Lemina
Was an unused substitute in the previous game but now that he is back to full fitness, he should partner Romeu in the midfield.
RW – Dusan Tadic
Easily Southampton’s best player in the draw against Arsenal, Tadic will hope to put in a similar performance, this time on the right wing.
CAM – Steven Davis
The versatile winger has been effective on the right-hand side of the front line and is expected to trouble the Leicester City midfield.
LW – Sofiane Boufal
With Nathan Redmond only getting worse on the flank, Southampton need a new face and should go with Boufal on the left-hand side of the attack.
ST – Charlie Austin
With 4 goals in the last 4 games, Austin is in sizzling form at the moment and will be the danger man for Southampton in this fixture.