PREM: Southampton v Leicester City preview


Southampton v Leicester City preview

Southampton will be looking to snap their worst losing run since December 2014 when Leicester City visit St Mary's.


The 1-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend was Southampton's fourth Premier League loss in a row - they haven't lost five on the spin since the opening five games of the 1998/99 season.

Goals have been a big issue for Claude Puel's men, only Middlesbrough (17) have scored fewer than their tally of 19 this campaign.

Last season's Premier League champions Leicester are still without an away win in the league this term.

The only reigning top-flight champion to have fewer points after 21 games than Leicester have currently are Ipswich Town in 1962/63 (18, assuming three points for a win).

Steven Davis remains sidelined for the clash after failing to recover from a knock sustained in the defeat at Burnley.

However, Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand, who weren't risked in midweek against Norwich, are back in contention.

Sofiane Boufal, Charlie Austin, Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Jake Hesketh all are out injured.

Leonardo Ulloa will miss the game as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury.

The striker has handed in a transfer request following an offer from Spanish side Alaves but the Premier League champions want to keep the 30-year-old.

Defender Luis Hernandez is in Spain to finalise a move to Malaga but boss Claudio Ranieri has no fresh injury worries.


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