Our prediction for this Championship match:
St Marry’s Stadium will be the center of attention when Southampton and Leicester City go head to head in the Championship derby. The Saints aim to recover from an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Sunderland and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Foxes. Both Che Adams and Ryan Fraser are pushing for a start, while the likes of Jack Stephens, Juan Larios, and Ross Stewart remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Leicester, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Hull City. Considering that both sides will go for a victory in Friday’s showdown, we believe that punters from all around the world can find value in betting on both teams to score. Experienced forward Jamie Vardy has lost his place in the starting XI, while defender Conor Coady continues to miss out with a foot injury. Kelechi Iheanacho, who helped Nigeria crush Sao Tome & Principe 6-0 at the weekend, is widely expected to lead the line for the promotion-chasing visitors.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later.
The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite.
Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.