Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Leicester City play host to Southampton at their King Power Stadium in the last 16 of the English League Cup. Leicester City head into Tuesday’s football game following a 1-1 draw with Brighton, where Jamie Vardy scored his fourth goal of the season. The Foxes are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Southampton failed to impress in a relegation six-pointer against Fulham at the weekend, we are tempted to put our money on Claude Puel’s troops. The Saints’ main goal is to secure the Premier League survival, meaning that a loss to Leicester City should not hurt them too much. In their last meeting in the English top flight the Foxes defeated the Saints 2-1 and, taking everything into account home win should be considered. It has to be noted, though, that talented midfielder Maddison misses the game through suspension for the hosts.
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.