Leicester City vs Southampton Preview and Prediction 2021

Leicester City vs Southampton predictions for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium. Leicester and Southampton face off in London for a place in the final. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

The Saints have won just four of their last 15 matches in all competitions.

Southampton have won only two of their last eight encounters with Leicester.

Southampton have lost seven of their last ten games away from St Mary’s Stadium

Leicester have beaten Southampton to nil in two of the clubs’ last three encounters.

Big chance for both clubs

With Manchester City and Chelsea paired in the other semi-final, Leicester and Southampton find themselves on the underdogs’ side of the draw, and both clubs will be desperate to seize that opportunity to book a place in this season’s FA Cup final.

The Foxes are nursing bruises and egos after two defeats in a row, though their frustrating performances against Man City and West Ham would be quickly forgotten if they can topple the Saints at Wembley.

Leicester have never lifted the FA Cup before, and the chance to play for silverware in the competition’s climactic fixture in May should ensure that Brendan Rodgers’ charges are fired up for Sunday’s semi.

Saints’ worrying warm-up

Southampton’s convincing 3-0 reverse at WBA last week wasn’t exactly the ideal way to prepare for a showpiece showdown, and the Saints’ played like a team with an eye on Sunday’s semi-final during a limp display at the Hawthorns.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s troops have now been outgunned in seven of their last ten matches on the road– a record that makes for alarming reading ahead of their latest jaunt away from St. Mary’s Stadium.

Leicester to seal final berth

Leicester and Southampton have won just one FA Cup between them, and we expect the teams to play with a nervous energy at Wembley on a potentially historic afternoon for both clubs.

The Foxes beat Southampton 2-0 as recently as January in the league, and though the availability of their scorers that day is in question – with Harvey Barnes injured and James Maddison out of favour having broken COVID-19 protocols – Leicester should still have enough quality to prevail.

Southampton have endured a dismal domestic campaign in 2020/21, and it’s difficult to see how they can pull clear of mediocrity to produce the kind of performance required to stop Leicester from advancing to the final. That makes a Leicester win one of our standout selections in our 29/1 bet builder for the game.

With that in mind, bettors are advised to back the Foxes to win on Sunday, while our 1-0 correct score prediction forecasts an edgy game where nerves could play a major part on the biggest of occasions.

Alongside Barnes’ absence and Maddison’s disciplinary breach, Leicester’s threat in the final third has also been lessened by a lengthy Jamie Vardy dry spell (one goal in 19), and any winning margin will likely be slim as a result.

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