Leicester Aim to Extend Lead with Win over Southampton


Leicester host Southampton knowing that another big win would keep them ahead of the chasing pack. Claudio Ranieri’s team started the weekend five points clear of second-placed Tottenham who cut the lead to four with a draw at Liverpool on Saturday.

WIth seven games remaining and, with his confidence sky-high, Jamie Vardy, who has 21 goals for club and country this term, will be looking to score in a third straight game.

The 29-year-old striker’s impressive displays against Germany and the Netherlands likely cemented his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 and Vardy can now turn his attention to the final weeks of Leicester’s astonishing bid to win their first top-flight title.

Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for the Foxes, with the visitors having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places. However, Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning their last three games 1-0.

The Foxes have 41 more points from 31 Premier League games this season (66) compared to last season (25). They were also bottom of the league after playing 31 in 2014/15.

Leicester have won 12 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League home games (D5). The Foxes have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games at the King Power Stadium. Riyad Mahrez has scored more winning goals in the Premier League than any other player this season (7).

Southampton have scored more headed goals than any other team (12) in the Premier League this season.