Quite a few teams are in fact preparing themselves for an entry in the next stage of the English Premier League. Today, August 25, we will witness a bunch of matches that will focus mostly on teams in the lower-segment of the group. But this doesn’t mean that competition won’t be fierce and that teams won’t play to the best of their abilities. Quite the opposite is in fact likely to take place! Here comes Leicester who need another victory.
At a Glance – Leicester & Southampton
Leicester are going to meet Southampton. Southampton are definitely going to find Leicester City. In their first match of the competition Leicester managed to score against Manchester City which has demonstrated their ability to play at the highest level of the League.
Meanwhile, Southampton are going to struggle with their own shortcomings. The team had trouble tackling Burnley and Everton, which has rubbed off on morale. But even then, Mark Hughes is trying to keep a brave force. Commendable, and yet quite difficult given that one of the promising players, Mohamed Elyounoussi is trying to overcome a hamstring problem. Jamie Vardy got a red card and things don’t look promising.
Saturday 3pmVenue St Mary’s Stadium
Last season Southampton 1 Leicester 4
Referee Jonathan Moss
This season G1 Y4 R0 4 cards/gameOdds H 6-4 A 23-10 D 2-1
Subs from Gunn, Forster, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bednarek, Targett, Valery, Højbjerg, Davis, Armstrong, Reed, McQueen, Hesketh, Elyounoussi, Gabbiadini, Long, Gallagher
Doubtful Elyounoussi (hamstring)
Discipline Y5 R0
Form DLLeading scorer Ings 1
Subs from Ward, Jakupovic, Simpson, Benkovic, Benalouane, Fuchs, King, Choudhury, Iborra, Ghezzal, Amartey, Okazaki
Doubtful Okazaki (match fitness)
Injured James (achilles, Sept), Soyuncu (match fitness, Sept)
Suspended Vardy (first of three)
Discipline Y3 R1
Leading scorers Maddison, Vardy 1
Trouble Brewing for Southampton
Can Southampton really overcome their superiors from Leicester City? Of course, the gap isn’t as big as with other teams. For example, Wolves are playing Manchester City, so Southampton are truly lucky to get the chaps from Leicester instead. However, the chances of the team to overcome this challenge are not looking good.
While we generally support the weaker squads, Southampton have been playing rather less graciously which has prompted Big World Sports to take a bit of a hawkish stance on them. And yet, we always want to see teams change their fortunes without much brouhaha.
However, is this feasible? Southampton are currently 13 in the overall EPL standing. Of course, such standings may be a tad misleading, but they are fairly accurate in the case of the EPL. With this in mind, Leicester are definitely going to be well-poised for a clear victory over their opponents.
Assessing the Probabilities
Southampton’s chances to win are given as 8/1, or in other words, for every GBP1 you stake that Southampton will win, you get back GBP8. Sounds good, yes? Well, now is the time to ask yourself – why. The odds of Southampton are slim indeed. Leicester are still ahead of teams such as Manchester City!
Even though the past history of Southampton and Leicester is fraught and Southampton have seen themselves as a bit of a dominant force, their current track record is indeed rather dispiriting if you are a fan of Southampton.
Not to mention that their players have been getting one red card after another and that doesn’t sit well with us. The EPL should be about preserving the beauty of the game and not letting momentary irritation overcome good form.
If you are a betting enthusiast, we would recommend that you stake your money on Leicester winning. Of course, many number-crunching services are advising to consider a draw between the teams, but we think that Southampton’s injured footballers and their tendency to get emotional over the game will cost them a loss.
All of this remains to be seen, of course, and nobody can really tell with absolute accuracy what will happen next. We can speculate and our guess is that Leicester are on their way to a second victory which will help them quite a bit. If Manchester City loses to Tottenham, Leicester will end up well ahead in the competition. A few lucky wins and losses here and there would be all it takes.