ENGLAND: Premier League
Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
Southampton are all-but safe from relegation despite a 2-1 loss at Tottenham last round, a defeat that saw them score first but lose for a league-high fifth instance this Premier League (PL) season. Actually topping the table back on November 7, the ‘Saints’ have been on a sorry run since, with only relegated Sheffield United claiming less points than Southampton’s 20.
Home form has been marginally better than away this season (20 points vs 16), but their 3-2 come-from-behind win versus Burnley in their last home match snapped a five-game winless streak at St Mary’s (D1, L4). That last home match also marked the fourth game of the last six here to see the side that scored first fail to win.
Leicester sit pretty in third place after also coming from behind to win on Monday, with their tally of 62 points at this stage better than any previous top-flight campaign except 1962/63 and 2015/16. However, with their final three games of the season being against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, the ‘Foxes’ will want to secure their top-four place quickly.
Owning the third best away league record this season, Leicester have actually collected more points on the road than at home (34 vs 28). They should feel confident here also after three straight wins at Southampton, including that famous 9-0 success last season. Leicester often settle games after the break on the road, with their +13 goal difference in that period the league’s second best. Subsequently, they’ve only failed to score in two PL road trips.
Players to watch: Responsible for set-pieces, which account for 42.50% of their goals, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse (with 28) places second on Southampton’s all-time assist list after Matt Le Tissier (63). Meanwhile, Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho has found the net four times in his last three away games and has also struck four prior goals versus Southampton.
- Southampton’s form in last 5 matches: LLLWW.
- Leicester’s form in last 5 matches: WWWLL.