Leicester City eyes top spot

Leicester City eyes top spot

Leicester City is looking to bounce back in their EFL Championship against Southampton, in order to finally claim the top spot in the league table. The defeats between these two teams are actually surprising. Southampton suffered a loss against Sunderland, while Leicester suffered a home loss against the Hull City. In the league table, these two teams are four places from each other with Leicester sitting at a better place. Leicester is at the third of the league table with 12 points, while Southampton is sitting at the seventh with 10 points. A win in this match is huge for Southampton, as they could climb up the league table, so as Leicester. From the last 98 meetings between these two teams, Southampton has a better record with 36 wins. This meeting is on September 16, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

Leicester City

EFL Championship: Leicester City
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Leicester is actually doing well during the 2023-24 Championship, winning all their matches, not until their defeat on their last match. They suffered a 1-0 loss against Hull City, which is a surprise for everyone, considering the talent this team has. Fortunately, coming into this game, Leicester were able to bounce back in the EFL Cup second round. They had a 2-0 win against Tranmere Rovers, which brings Leicester the confidence coming into this game. It was Wilfried Nadidi, and Jamie Vardy who made the second-half strikes for Leicester and brought them a win. Leicester City are eager to win in this game, as they have a chance to claim the top spot of the league table with the maximum points. They are just a point away from the top team, which is why they badly want to win here.

Leicester is with a complete squad coming into this game, which will surely work well for their advantage. However, there might be some changes for their squad as they aim to return to winning ways.

Southampton

EFL Championship: Southampton
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Southampton on the other hand is coming into this game from a devastating loss against Sunderland. They ended their three-game unbeaten run with a 5-0 loss, which is a very disappointing result, considering the talent they have. That unbeaten run actually includes a back-to-back wins against Plymouth Argyle, and Queens Park Rangers. Now sitting at the seventh spot of the league table, they have 10 points across their names. However, they need to start picking up wins, if they are still aiming for a better place in the league table. Additionally, when it comes to playing at home, Southampton cannot earn an advantage. They actually one just once in their last nine competitive matches at home, which is not helpful for them.

There will be several changes that might happen for Southampton’s lineup coming into this match. Che Adams could be recalled for the starters in this match. However, Will Smallbone returns in this match, after proving his fitness after an ankle injury.

Prediction:

Leicester City (1.5)
Odds: 0.88

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