This promises to be one of the more exciting fixtures of the Championship weekend, as both of these promotion contenders go head to head at the King Power Stadium. While Leicester were made clear promotion favorites during the summer, their start has been jittery to say the least and the Foxes currently sit in 15th position. Southampton in contrast have enjoyed a remarkable opening four games, with Saints topping the table having won every single one of their fixtures.
Following an extravagant summer of investment, Leicester were immediately pinned as favorites for the title although it would be fair to say that the Foxes certainly haven’t started the season in championship-winning form. After beating Coventry in their opening match, there were high hopes for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men but since then the club have failed to win a league match. They suffered unexpected home defeats to Reading and Bristol City while Eriksson will have been bitterly disappointed after his team squandered a 2-0 lead to draw with Nottingham Forest last weekend. All of this puts the King Power stadium outfit in 15th position and while it is still early days, Eriksson must be slightly concerned regarding the situation with his multi-million pound team.
Southampton on the other hand are enjoying a superb return to the Championship. They may not have brought many new players in during the summer and they may have lost one of their star assets in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Saints have proven to be an extremely organized outfit who are also pleasing on the eye. The club have won every game in every competition this season and they have also showed that they have an eye for goal, with Saints notching fourteen goals so far. However, with Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham all approaching, the next few weeks will be extremely interesting and it remains to be seen if Adkins’ men will continue to be such a force.
It’s all positive on the team news front for Leicester who will welcome back goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after he completed his suspension following a red card. Sven-Goran Eriksson will also have the luxury of selecting David Nugent and Darius Vassell who have both recovered from minor knocks picked up in the previous game. It’s a different story for Southampton though and Saints look set to be without three players. Richard Chaplow is still out as he remains suspended, while Radhi Jaidi and Lee Barnard are both on the treatment table and will not feature.
Southampton have started the season in sterling form, while Leicester have struggled immensely. This would lead many to believe that Saints could steal an away victory but we think that this could be a turning point in Leicester’s season. There is no doubting their quality on paper and following the shock of the last few weeks, our prediction will be a 2-1 victory for the Foxes.