The defences look set to dominate at the King Power Stadium and our tipster believes there’s value in a goals-based play on Saturday afternoon Despite sitting seventh in the Premier League and boasting recent wins over Chelsea and Manchester City, Claude Puel is at the head of the sack race market.
Underwhelming cup performances, especially a 2-1 defeat to Newport County last time out, certainly haven’t helped the situation. Leicester City are 19/20 (1.95) favourites to beat Southampton this weekend though, having won three of their previous four league outings.
Puel’s former club Southampton have seen some improvement under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and recorded a 0-0 draw against Chelsea in their last game – their first clean sheet in 10 Premier League matches. That could certainly encourage Leicester backers given their impressive results in this competition over the festive period.
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It’s 3/1 (4.0) with 888Sport that the Saints leave the King Power Stadium with maximum points and 5/2 (3.50) about another stalemate. The visitors still have plenty of work to do, sitting as they do inside the relegation zone coming into the weekend.
There’s a better option available outside of the match odds though, with under 2.5 goals at 10/13 (1.77) with the same firm. Opposing a high-scoring game is usually the way forward with Leicester under Puel of late. The defence-first approach employed by the Frenchman has seen just three or more goals land in just one of their previous 12 Premier League matches.