Friday 25 October: 8pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Leicester City have made a good start to the new English Premier League season A win at Southampton on Friday evening, would lift them from third to second in the table. Their opponents are again in relegation trouble. They are only out of the bottom three on goal difference with just eight points from their nine games.
It says everything about the start Leicester have made when William Hill will give you odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them finishing in the top four. City won 2-1 at home against Burnley last week and are third in the table, ten points behind leaders Liverpool. They are only two behind Manchester City and two clear of fifth place Arsenal.
City have won five of their nine league games this season. Only two have been lost, compared to five at this stage last season. Those two defeats both came on their travels, away at Manchester United and Liverpool. On both occasions, it took a penalty to beat them. It’s 5/2 (3.5) at Unibet that there is a penalty in this match.
Leicester have only won one of their last six away league games, a 2-1 win at Sheffield United. The odds on them winning at Southampton are 13/10 (2.3) at Paddy Power.
They may not always win but they do tend to get a goal in away Premier League matches. Since October 2017, they have got on the score sheet 33 times in 38 matches. Betfred will give you 1/4 on them scoring on Friday evening.
The odds on Southampton being relegated are 10/3 (4.33) at Ladbrokes. They might not be bad odds because as has been the case for the past couple of seasons, Southampton are struggling.
Their last four league games have produced just a single point, when drawing 1-1 at Wolves last weekend. A draw on Friday has odds of 5/2 (3.5) if your bet is placed at 888sport. The other three have all been lost, making it five league defeats already this season.
Home form is a major problem for Southampton. The Saints have just one point from four league games played at St Mary’s this season. If you think they can get their first home league win of the season in this game, Betfair will give you 2/1 (3.0)
At least the Saints fans are seeing some goals. 17 of the last 18 home league games have seen both teams score. That stat has come up in 10 of the last 12 Leicester away games. You can get 4/6 (1.66) at SkyBet on both teams being on target in this match.
Southampton have only won two of their last ten league and cup games against Leicester City. Both of the last two home games against them have been lost. However, three of the last seven meetings have ended goalless. The odds on this game ending 0-0 are 10/1 (11.0) at Bet365.
Southampton will continue to be without Cedric Soares and Moussa Djenpro. They aren’t expected to be back until November. James Maddison is a slight doubt for Leicester but is expected to play. If you want a betting experience that is a bit different, try out the Betbull site.
Leicester are in the better form and can be backed to get a win from this game. A bet on them to win in a match with over 2.5 goals has odds of 15/4 (4.75) at Betway. That’s how the last two Leicester away league games at Southampton have both ended.