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Southampton picked up a first win in five in their last outing hosting Liverpool and with an extended rest since taking to the field, have at least had time for fit players to recover.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s treatment room has however grown crowded with Oriol Romeu, Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond and Che Adams all suffering knocks in the new year to join Mohamed Salisu, Michael Obafemi and key centre-back Jannik Vestergaard on the sidelines.
Although extracting maximum points has been a little difficult of late, Southampton remain in good shape as they’ve lost just twice in 15 matches across all competitions since late September.
Only the Manchester duo were able inflict defeats, both by one-goal margins, so Leicester should be made to sweat for any rewards.
The Foxes enjoyed a 4-0 dismantling of Stoke in the FA Cup, with the fixture allowing time for Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Cengiz Under to recover from injuries, with all three potentially available here.
Brendan Rodgers has however lost Dennis Praet to a hamstring complaint, but overall his squad is in better condition with a string of players having returned to fitness in recent weeks.
Leicester are now W6-D2-L1 across all competitions and will feel they should shade this encounter, especially with the Saints missing a few players.
However, with the visitors proving difficult to beat, and the Foxes a poor W2-D1-L4 at the King Power in league action since October, we’d steer clear of the match outcome.
Over 2.5 Goals
Both Rodgers and Hasenhuttl like their teams to play at a high tempo and head-to-heads between the two clubs in recent times have produced goals.
Six of seven league meetings since 2017 have featured at least three, including all four from the past two campaigns, and there’s good reason to think this one could follow suit.
Leicester have been involved in some high-scoring affairs of late with a combined 13 goals across their last four in all competitions.
With Vardy and Maddison in line to return, they shouldn’t lack firepower against a side missing a key component at the back in Vestergaard.
Southampton’s recent outings have failed to sparkle with just four goals across five appearances, but they’re not usually averse to some entertainment.
There’s been at least three goals in nine of their 16 away games in all competitions since February, which includes a number of visits to quality outfits.
Encounters with Liverpool, Tottenham and Man Utd last term each saw a minimum of four goals, while in their only visits to current top-half sides this season, they’ve produced six and seven-goal thrillers with Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively.
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