Leicester hope to build on their win over Watford by facing struggling Southampton at St Mary's

Two teams with identical recent records meet on the South Coast on Wednesday night, as Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Southampton host Leicester City as the Premier League enters it’s first double gameweek of the season.

Both the Saints and the Foxes have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five games, leaving both lower than they’d have liked at the 13-game stage.

Leicester would have hoped to be threatening the top four after over a quarter of the season, but find themselves slap bang in the middle of the table, five points from the Champions League places. Five points also separates Southampton from the relegation zone, so breaking a run of two successive defeats would be welcomed as soon as possible.

If they are to turn Leicester over, Hassenhuttl will be able to call upon the services of two first-team players, as Moussa Djenepo and Mohamed Elyounoussi, who both missed the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend for personal reasons.

Jack Stephens is the only player definitely missing for the Southampton as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury. Other than him, it’s a full strength squad, so it will be interesting to see if the Austrian manager sticks with his three-man attack of Adam Armstrong, Armando Broja and Che Adams, which didn’t quite bear fruit at Anfield.

As for Leicester, most of their problems are in the usual area, defence. Ricardo Pereira and James Justin are both closing in on returns, but won’t make it this week, and Wesley Fofana is also making good progress with his broken ankle, but won’t feature. Youri Tielemans is also unlikely to feature, with the weekend’s game against Aston Villa a more realistic target for a return.

The last 10 meetings between the two sides have usually gone Leicester’s way, with the Foxes winning six times, including the famous 9-0 win at St Mary’s back in 2019.

If Brendan Rodgers can extend his side’s recent record against the Saints, Leicester could move as high as sixth in the table. A win for Southampton could take them to within touching distance of the top half.

Southampton take on Leicester City at St Mary’s on Wednesday, December 1st. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

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