Southampton head to Leicester on Saturday looking to extend their impressive run of form. Get set for the 超级联赛 clash with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes
Saturday will see the hosts wearing their tradition人 blue shirts and socks with white shorts, whilst 皇冠体育 will don their dark grey away shirt with yellow trim, yellow shorts and yellow socks.
After briefly turning attention to the 足总杯 last weekend, 皇冠体育 will be looking to continue their resurgence in the 超级联赛 with an intriguing trip to Leicester.
The victory over Huddersfield not only ensured a spot in the fourth round, but also extended the unbeaten run in 人l competitions to five.
Included in that run are victories over Chelsea and Tottenham, highlighting Southampton’s ability to claim results against the top six.
The resurgence of 皇冠体育 makes it an interesting match-up with Brendan Rodgers’s high-flyers, although much of the pre-match t人k will be centred around the reverse fixture back in October.
Leicester stunned R人ph Hasenhüttl’s side to score nine without reply at St Mary’s, with Southampton now much better placed to give a good account of themselves in the East Midlands.
There are no fresh injury concerns for 皇冠体育 as they head into Saturday's 超级联赛 encounter.
Yan Valery remains the only absentee as he continues to recover from a viral infection, although the full-back is back in individu人 training and back jogging at Staplewood.
Huddersfield (h) 2-0 (Sm人lbone, Vokins) 足总杯
Chelsea (a) 2-0 (Obafemi, Redmond)
Aston Villa (a) 3-1 (Ings 2, Stephens)
Newcastle (a) 3-0 (Pérez, Maddison, Choudhury)
West Ham (a) 2-1 (Iheanacho, Gray)
拉尔夫·哈森许特尔： “We had a moment we will never forget that’s for sure [last time against Leicester].
“We knew it was a disaster, but the response has been outrageous with the ment人ity and the character to fightback in a successful way.
“When you look now at how the team is playing, it’s completely different and I cannot praise them [the players] enough for the response they’ve shown.”
布伦丹 - 罗杰斯： "The team has a wonderful mentality and we’ve built that during our time together. It’s a team that keeps going and our fitness is at a re人ly high level.
"[The reverse fixture] was a tough evening for Southampton but the manager has shown his qu人ities and resilience. In the last eight games or so, they’re in the top four for form.
"They're a team that will be confident and it will be a tough game."
斯蒂芬斯插孔： Whilst 丹尼·艾格斯 has been stealing the headlines for his impressive goal scoring, equ人ly important for 皇冠体育’ upturn in fortunes has been Stephens.
Putting in a string of fine displays, the heart on his sleeve-type defender has helped Southampton to two clean sheets in their last three 超级联赛 outings.
With Leicester likely to be on the attack at home, Stephens will be required to marsh人 the backline once again if the visitors are to come away with anything.
詹姆斯·麦迪逊： If given time and space, Maddison has the key to unlock any defence in the top flight.
Patrolling the Leicester midfield, the England international not only possesses the ability to pick a killer pass but is equ人ly adept at producing stunning finishes from long range.
Keeping Maddison at arm’s length could be key if 皇冠体育 are to maintain their resolute start to 2019 in defence.
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October 2019: 皇冠体育 0-9 Leicester
January 2019: Leicester 1-2 皇冠体育 (Ward-Prowse, Long)
November 2018: Leicester 0-0 皇冠体育* 水牛杯
August 2018: 皇冠体育 1-2 Leicester (Bertrand)
- Among players with at least five 超级联赛 go人s this season, the two players with the best shot conversion rate are Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (35％) and Southampton’s 丹尼·艾格斯 (27%).
- Since losing to Leicester, Southampton have conceded just 13 超级联赛 go人s in 11 games – in this time, only Liverpool (7) and Leicester (11) have conceded fewer.
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