Leicester City will meet Southampton on Sunday at Wembley in the FA Cup semifinal. The Premier League rivals will play the second of the two semifinals with Chelsea and Manchester City meeting in the first of the matches. The Foxes head into the game struggling for form. They won just two of their last six Premier League matches with three games ending in losses. Brendan Rodgers has watched Leicester City struggle in the league of late, losing back-to-back games and potentially falling out of the top four.
Southampton are also struggling for form. They lost four of their last six league matches, winning just twice over that same time span. Like Leicester City, they limp into the game having lost 3-0 to relegation-threatened West Brom.
Leicester City reached the semifinal thanks to wins over Stoke City, Brentford, Brighton, and Manchester United. Their 3-1 quarterfinal victory over the Red Devils was especially impressive. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team reached the semifinal by defeating Shrewsbury Town, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Bournemouth.
While Leicester City are also fighting to qualify for the Champions League, Southampton are battling to stay out of a relegation fight. In many ways, since reaching the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, the Saints have put all of their eggs into the tournament’s basket. It is win or bust for Southampton in the FA Cup. Can they punch their ticket to the final at Leicester City’s expense?
Leicester City vs Southampton Betting Odds
Fans will remember Leicester City’s incredible 9-0 win over Southampton in the 2019-20 Premier League season. Despite that win last season, it has been largely forgotten by non-fans of the two teams. Leicester City still finished outside the top four and Southampton even went to the King Power Stadium later in the campaign and won 2-1.
The Premier League clubs have met once this season already with Leicester City winning 2-0 in the league. James Maddison scored in the first half with Harvey Barnes bagging the second in the 90th minute. Since Christmas, Southampton have been on a decline. After beginning the campaign in great form, the Saints have regressed to the mean.
Leicester City go into the match as favourite to win and progress to the FA Cup Final at odds of 10/11. The Foxes have posted a record of 4W-3D-3L against Southampton over the course of their last 10 matches in all competitions. Southampton go into the game at odds of 31/10 to win the FA Cup semifinal on Sunday.
The Saints reached the 2017-18 FA Cup semifinals losing to Chelsea 2-0. The season prior, Southampton were runners-up in the Carabao Cup, losing the final to Manchester United 3-2. They have nearly had their hands on silverware over the last few seasons. Can they lift the FA Cup this time around? Southampton must defeat Leicester City in the semifinal to have any hope of lifting the cup.
Leicester City vs Southampton Team News
Leicester City have not won the FA Cup in their history. The last time they reached the FA Cup Final was 1968-69. The Foxes have not reached the tournament’s final in over half a century. Rodgers could end the team’s cup final appearance drought this weekend.
Along with the team’s poor form, Rodgers has some injury issues to contend with going into the game on Sunday at Wembley. Winger Barnes is ruled out with a knee injury. Barnes scored Leicester City’s second goal against Southampton in their last meeting. The winger is a major absence from the team. James Justin, Wes Morgan, and Cengiz Under are all three ruled out as well with long-term injuries.
Rodgers is hopeful that Caglar Soyuncu, Maddison, Ayoze Perez, and Hamza Choudhury will all be passed fit for the game. In contrast, Hasenhuttl has fewer injury worries going into the game. William Smallbone is still on the sidelines with a long-term knee injury. Michael Obafemi and Oriol Romelu are both on the sidelines as well with injuries.
The biggest news for Southampton came off the pitch this week as they announced their biggest ever sponsorship deal. The club signed a partnership with Coingaming Group. The biggest piece of news from the announcement is that Southampton can pay player bonuses in the volatile digital currency of Bitcoin.
Leicester City vs Southampton Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 4/5 - BET NOW
Five of the last 10 matches in all competitions between these teams finished with both teams scoring. Neither side is in form going into the match and goals could be scored in the fixture. Four of Leicester City’s last six league matches ended with both teams scoring goals while Southampton saw three of their last four league games finish with both teams finding the back of the net.
Danny Ings to score anytime @ 21/10 - BET NOW
Danny Ings could spark an upset over Leicester City. The striker has certainly struggled in the second half of the season. He has just 10 goals in 27 league matches. Five of those 10 goals came in Southampton’s first seven games of the league season. Ings’ last FA Cup appearance against Wolverhampton Wanderers saw him score. The striker missed the team’s 3-0 quarterfinal win over Bournemouth.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 19/20 - BET NOW
Six of the last 10 matches in all competitions between Leicester City and Southampton ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Do not expect another repeat of Leicester City’s 9-0 beat down of Southampton. The Saints should be good on the day and Leicester City could struggle to get a result.
Southampton go into the game on the back of two straight league games finishing with over 2.5 goals scored. Two of Leicester City’s last three games in the Premier League ended with over 2.5 goals.
So, which team will win the FA Cup semifinal? Don’t be surprised to see Southampton spring a shock and punch their ticket to the FA Cup Final. Leicester City are suddenly slumping. Their attention may be more on finishing in the top four and it could distract them this weekend.
Leicester vs Southampton Tips
Here are our Leicester vs Southampton tips for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 4/5
2. Danny Ings to score anytime @ 21/10
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 19/20
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