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In the league there might be signs of déjà vu for Leicester fans as back-to-back defeats since the international break has dragged them right back down into the battle for the top four, a position they agonisingly let slip last year and will be desperate not to let history repeat itself.
Southampton are set for mid table mediocrity this season, which is a shame after their blistering start to the campaign which even saw them top the league for a short period of time.
They come into this off the back of a heavy 3-0 defeat to relegation threatened West Brom, though in this competition, they seem to chuck the form book out the window.
Indeed, despite losing 11 of their last 14 matches in the Premier League, they’ve won four out of four in the FA Cup, and are notably yet to even concede a goal, and will be relatively pleased in drawing Leicester considering the other two sides left in the competition.
That said, the Foxes will certainly feel they’ve lucked out in playing Southampton as they look to make the Saints the third Premier League side they’ve beaten in this run having overcome both Brighton and Man United already.
Leicester To Beat Southampton
Historically, the Midlands side have a very balanced record when facing fellow top tier opponents in the Cup, going W4-D3-L4 this century before this season, though it should be said that three of those four defeats came in replays against Chelsea, Spurs and Man City (following the draws against those sides), so we wouldn’t expect that to have much of a bearing on proceedings.
The Saints actually have more experience at this stage of the competition, with this their third such appearance since the turn of the century, though again we wouldn’t expect that to have too much relevance considering their most recent semi-final win came against Championship side Watford back in 2003, and they lost their most recent Wembley visit to Chelsea in 2018.
While the south coast side have been near flawless so far in the competition, we’d expect that to end here as they’re yet to beat a side currently of Leicester’s quality. Across all competitions, the Saints have gone W4-D1-L10 from their last 15 games, with those wins coming against Burnley, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Wolves, none of whom can hold a candle to the Foxes this season, and despite back-to-back defeats against top-four opposition, we’d expect Brenden Rogers’ side to get back to winning ways in this one, and they look a good price to get behind.