Saturday 19

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Leicester City v Southampton

11th January 2019, 14:50 by Warren Ashurst

Leicester will look to make it four league wins in five games, when they host Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The recent turn around in fortunes for the Foxes was halted by a shock FA Cup defeat to League Two outfit Newport last Sunday, but Claude Puel is expected to make several changes for the visit of Saints.

A good run in the league has been built around a solid backline, with Leicester conceding just three goals in their last six Premier League games - in contrast to Southampton, who have collected just one clean sheet in their last 11 top-flight fixtures.

Harvey Barnes comes into contention for a place in the Foxes squad, after the midfielder was recalled from his successful loan spell in the Championship with West Brom.

Puel has revealed that Jonny Evans faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his toe, while Daniel Amartey remains a long-term absentee due to an ankle injury.

The visitors have major problems up front, with Ralph Hasenhuttl without his three main strikers. Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi are sidelined through hamstring injuries, while Charlie Austin begins a two-match suspension. Manolo Gabbiadini has also completed his exit from St Mary's, joining Serie A club Sampdoria.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is still missing as he serves a four-match suspension, Ryan Bertrand is ruled out with a back problem while Maya Yoshida is away on international duty at the Asian Cup.

The two teams have already met twice this season, with Leicester coming out on top both times. The Foxes won 2-1 in the league at St Mary's, before knocking Saints out of the Carabao Cup on penalties at the King Power Stadium.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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