Leicester to win half time/full time against Southampton on Sunday is the shout from Football Form Labs.
Leicester were utterly destroyed in a 20 minute first half spell away to Man Utd last week, with three of these goals conceded from set-pieces. The headless chicken impersonations were not on display in the Champions League against Porto midweek however, where they exhibited the counter-attacking prowess that led them to the title last season. Nobody expects Leicester to maintain the consistency of last season, but a return to their identity as a team will have been a welcome sight for Claudio Ranieri nonetheless.
Southampton continued their good form against West Ham last week, making it four wins in a row across all competitions and they have kept a clean sheet in all of these victories, while they also shut out Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League but couldn’t net themselves. Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares provided great width from the full-back positions against the Hammers, but can on occasion leave a little too much room in behind, something Leicester will look to exploit on the counter. However, the most interesting improvement for the Saints has been the forward trio. They were fluid and interchanged positions regularly against the Hammers, though in general the balance comes from the creativity of Tadic, Redmond’s stretching runs and the finishing of Austin. If the latter were to get injured though, they will struggle for goals with Shane Long simply not up to the task.
Fraser Forster might as well have got out the deck chair last week but Southampton won’t have it so easy against Leicester. The midweek game shouldn’t affect the Foxes too much as a gap from Tuesday to Sunday is as long a break as you can expect with European commitments, but Saints might struggle after they were in Israel on Thursday night. Buoyed by their latest win on the continent, we think Leicester can continue their tremendous home record where they have won the first half in eight of their last nine. We’re backing Leicester/Leicester half-time/full-time at 3.6.