Can Southampton manage eight wins in nine Premier League games this weekend?
Premier League newcomers Leicester City face a stern test this weekend when they travel to St Mary’s to take on a high-flying Southampton side brimming with confidence following a blistering start to the season.
The Saints have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, their best ever in the Premier League with 22 points from their first ten games leaving them firmly in second place in the table.
The South Coast side sit a mere four points behind leaders Chelsea and two ahead of third-placed Manchester City and are fully aware that there can be no slip-ups should they wish to maintain their position.
Ronald Koeman is the man to thank for the club’s lofty position in the league and his new signings have certainly taken the top flight by storm so far, however the key question is whether the side can last the distance and clinch a European position at the close of the campaign.
The saints have triumphed in all of their home games bar one and will be confident that they can secure the points against Leicester, however the Foxes are a well organised outfit and will provide stern opposition for Koeman’s side this weekend.
Leicester started the season extremely well, however their fine early season form has deserted them and they enter this match on the back of three successive defeats, leaving the side languishing in 18th position in the table with just one goal from their previous four outings.
Nevertheless a win on Saturday would lift the East Midlands side out of the relegation zone and into 14th position in the table and this may provide the incentive for the side to kick-start their season back into action.
The Foxes’ only injury concerns are Ben Hamer and Matthew Upson, however Ulloa is set to start this match following his rest during the West Brom defeat last weekend.
The hosts will welcome back Sadio Mane following his return from injury, however Sam Gallagher will play no part in proceedings once again thanks to his injury and further absentees will include James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez.
The home side boast an extremely solid defence and with a mere five goals conceded in their opening ten top flight matches, we feel that there is huge value in the 6/4 on offer for the Saints to manage their fourth consecutive clean sheet.
Graziano Pelle has proven himself to be one of Koeman’s best signings of the summer months and with six goals in the Premier League this term the Italian looks banker material to score at any point of this match at evens with SkyBet.
Our betting tips
Southampton win-to-nil – Coral 6/4
Anytime Goalscorer, Graziano Pelle – SkyBet Evens