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Sport Southampton vs Leicester preview: Djenepo back?

14:42  30 november  2021
14:42  30 november  2021 Source:   skysports.com

Leaders Chelsea too strong for Leicester

  Leaders Chelsea too strong for Leicester Chelsea produced a dominant performance in winning 3-0 at Leicester to move six points clear at the top of the table upon the final whistle. First-half goals from Antonio Rudiger and N'Golo Kante put Thomas Tuchel's team in control inside the opening half an hour and there was no way back for an out-of-sorts Leicester. © Associated Press N'Golo Kante celebrates his goal after doubling Chelsea's lead against his former club Any hope of a comeback was extinguished when substitute Christian Pulisic made it three on 71 minutes with the only disappointment for Chelsea being an injury to Jorginho.

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Southampton vs Leicester in the Premier League on Wednesday; kick-off 7.30pm. Team news

Defender Jack Stephens could return to the Southampton squad for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Leicester.

Moussa Djenepo looks on course to feature for Southampton © Associated Press Moussa Djenepo looks on course to feature for Southampton

Stephens is back in training after more than two months out with a knee injury and could be involved as the Saints attempt to bounce back from defeats at Norwich and Liverpool in their last two games.

Moussa Djenepo should also be available after recovering from a knock, but fellow midfielder Stuart Armstrong (calf) is still out.

Southampton to publish review of historical child abuse

  Southampton to publish review of historical child abuse Southampton will publish the independent review of the abuse perpetrated by their former coach Bob Higgins later this week. The club commissioned children's charity Barnardo's to conduct the review in September 2019 and on Tuesday, they announced it had been completed and would be published in full on Friday, November 26. © PA Southampton will publish the findings of an independent review into historical child abuse at the club on Friday Abuse survivors will have advance sight of the review and the club said on Tuesday morning they would receive a copy of it within 24 hours.

Southampton provisional squad: McCarthy, Forster, Walker-Peters, Livramento, Salisu, Stephens, Bednarek, Lyanco, Perraud, Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Smallbone, Elyounoussi, Walcott, Djenepo, Tella, A. Armstrong, Adams, Broja, Long.

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has the same squad at his disposal as for the weekend win over Watford.

Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans is nearing a return after missing the last three games with a calf problem but is not quite ready yet.

Ricardo Pereira (hamstring) and long-term absentees James Justin and Wesley Fofana remain out.

Leicester provisional squad: Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic, Castagne, Thomas, Bertrand, Soyuncu, Nelson, Evans, Amartey, Vestergaard, Ndidi, Daley-Campbell, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Soumare, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Marcal-Madivadua, Lookman, Vardy, Perez, Iheanacho, Daka.

Morgan leaves as Leicester Women boss; Heskey takes temporary charge

  Morgan leaves as Leicester Women boss; Heskey takes temporary charge Jonathan Morgan has left his role as Leicester City Women first-team manager and Emile Heskey will prepare the team for their next match. Morgan guided the club to the Women's Super League for the first time last season after winning the Championship title © Getty Jonathan Morgan led Leicester to promotion to the Women’s Super League by winning the Championship title Leicester sit bottom of the WSL table having lost all eight of their games so far this season.

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One result is not enough to convince me Brendan Rodgers has Leicester back to where he wants them.

The 4-2 win over Watford showcased what a deadly finisher Jamie Vardy still is but it also rammed home the point that, as a defensive unit, Leicester remain all over the shop. Watford created an expected goals figure of 2.7 at the King Power, highlighting just how many times Rodgers' team were cut open. Only Newcastle have faced more shots than Leicester (207) this season.

Meanwhile, Southampton certainly look the better balanced team with Ralph Hasenhuttl. Before the hammering at Liverpool, he had managed to shore up what has been a very leaky defence. The home win is fancied at 13/10 with Sky Bet.

Leicester secure vital win to move top of EL group

  Leicester secure vital win to move top of EL group James Maddison's first home goal of the season helped move Leicester top of their Europa League group with a 3-1 win over Legia Warsaw at the King Power Stadium. Having started the day bottom of Group C, the Foxes' fast start set them on their way to only a second win from five games in this year's tournament, with Patson Daka and Maddison firing them into a two-goal lead after 20 minutes.

Che Adams is fully reaping the benefits of Hasenhuttl's ability in improving players. He has grabbed the responsibility of being Southampton's main man in attack with both hands and has transferred that form to the international stage with Scotland, too. With Leicester's problems through the centre of their defence, Adams is bound to get chances to add to his tally of five goals in his last seven games for club and country. He can score in a home win.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1

BETTING ANGLE: Che Adams to score and Southampton to win (16/5 with Sky Bet)

Opta stats Southampton have had a player sent off in each of their last three home league games against Leicester - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in 2018-19, Ryan Bertrand in 2019-20 and Jannik Vestergaard last season.After winning just three of their first 38 away league games against Southampton (D14 L21), Leicester have now won on three of their last four visits to St Mary's (D1) while netting 16 goals in the process.So far in 2021, Southampton have lost six of their seven midweek Premier League games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning the other. Saints have conceded 25 goals in these seven games, including a 9-0 loss at Manchester United in February.Southampton's home games have seen fewer goals scored than any other side in the Premier League this season (9), with Saints scoring five and conceding four in their six games at St Mary's so far this term.Leicester City have both scored and conceded in each of their last 13 Premier League away games (F20 A21) - in Premier League history, only Blackburn have had a longer run of both scoring and conceding in consecutive away games (14 between May 2011 and February 2012).Premier League Review: Was Carrick right to drop Ronaldo? Pressure on Rafa ahead of derby, Howe's problems and title tips

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Ranieri: Leicester will always 'be in my heart'

  Ranieri: Leicester will always 'be in my heart' The veteran Italian, who was appointed at Vicarage Road last month, is due back at his former club for the first time as an opposing manager on Sunday afternoon. © Provided by Daily Mail ( He anticipates a moving occasion but is determined not to be distracted by sentiment, with the Hornets seeking to build on last weekend's superb 4-1 win over Manchester United.'Always this Premier League (title) will be in my heart during all my life,' said Ranieri.'The job gave to me good emotion and I am very proud to be part of Leicester's fairytale and history, very happy.

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Southampton's Jack Stephens is close to a return © PA Southampton's Jack Stephens is close to a return

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