Pellegrino To Make 5 Changes – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Southampton Line-up To Face Leicester City

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.

Team News

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.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

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.

Virgil van Dijk

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.

Mario Lemina

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.

Here is how Southampton might line up: