Leicester vs. Southampton Premier League Free Soccer Odds

Lee Phelps

Friday, May 8, 2015 12:08 PM GMT

Leicester's resurgence takes them into a home gam against Southampton this weekend, but will it continue? William Hill's Lee Phelps shares what he thinks & which odds are best for his soccer pick.

What a month for Nigel Pearson. He’s masterminded his side’s climb from the foot of the Premier League, called a reporter an ostrich, been publicly lambasted by a BBC broadcast journalist and now he’s won the manager of the month award. He is targeting at least two victories from their last three matches to maintain their status.

 

Leicester
The Foxes’ run of five wins from their past six games, including a comprehensive 3-0 win against woeful Newcastle United last weekend, has lifted Leicester up to 16th place. They still have to play fellow strugglers Southampton this Saturday, and at very short soccer odds diference for the fixture, they are just one point behind them in 18th, and Queens Park Rangers as they try to swerve a return to the Championship.

Complacency seems to be their biggest threat, so much so that Pearson has warned his team that the job is by no means done. "Southampton are tough opponents and then we've two tough opponents after that," he said. "There's lots of work left for us.

"Bearing in mind who our remaining games are against, I'm not sure that one more win will be enough.

"I'm very pleased with how we've played, but there's a lot of hard work left. It's not done. Not at all. Of course it helps when things go your way elsewhere, but you can't bank on that. We can't leave the field with regrets."

Everything has come together for them, including the return of David Nugent from a calf injury this weekend but are without Andy King.

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Southampton
Ronald Koeman's side have been challengers for European football for the majority of the campaign, and the south-coast club will do well to avoid the Europa League with Arsenal favourites to win the FA Cup and a fair play spot available too.

The form has dipped dramatically, they have won just once in their last five matches and slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland last weekend, so Koeman has urged his side to ensure their season does not end in disappointment.

"I'm not so happy about the last few weeks," he said. "I think we have to give a good reaction to the poor game what we showed last week because we played very poor football.

"It's a different team [to] when we met Leicester at home. I think they are on a great run in the past few weeks and full of confidence. [But] If we look and see we have the possibility to reach European football you don't, in my opinion, need more motivation."

Morgan Schneiderlin is not fit enough to return from a knee injury, Dusan Tadic is out for the season while James Ward-Prowse is suspended after his dismissal at Sunderland.

The Saints still have the best away defence, having conceded 16 all season, but seven of those have come in the last five games.

 

Soccer Picks
I’m taking Leicester as my soccer pick to win this game, purely on the basis that Southampton’s injuries mean their rock solid defence is wobbling and they haven’t got the strikers or midfield attacking players to create enough chances to outscore the home team.

Free Soccer Pick: Leicester win 2.62 (13/8) at William Hill

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