Friday night football returns to our screens this weekend and it sees high-flying Leicester take on a Southampton side who are floating perilously close to the Premier League drop zone.

Two wins from nine has left the Saints out of the dreaded bottom three on goal difference, but life couldn’t be much better for Brendan Rodgers and his third-place Leicester City side ahead of their visit to St Mary’s.

The Foxes find themselves just two points behind Manchester City who sit second and, if anything, this Leicester side look far superior to the one that shocked the world back in 2015/16 when they lifted the Premier League title.

Keeping it tight

Defensive reinforcements were the key to Manchester City and Liverpool’s successful last campaign, with the Premier League title and the Champions League the reward for keeping it tight.

If that’s the secret behind the success then Leicester are well on their way to glory having conceded just eight goals this season, with the Citizens conceding nine and Liverpool just seven.

They may have lost Harry Maguire in the summer, but it doesn’t seem to have hindered them and with the Saints netting just four home goals this season, a Leicester win to nil can be backed at 29/10.

Can Vardy get the party started?

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers described his talismanic striker Jamie Vardy as “world class” earlier this week, but this upcoming fixture hasn’t been kind to the former England international.

The 32-year-old has failed to score in his previous seven appearances against the Saints, despite leading the line from the start in all of them.

However, he goes into this game in red hot form having successfully converted 40 per cent of his chances this season, scoring six goals in nine games to send him fourth in the top scorer charts.

Those expecting Vardy to finally net against a Southampton side who have shipped 16 already this season can back him at 16/5 to score first – his last two Premier League goals have broken the deadlock.

There’s no place like home, right?

Winning home games is a must when you’re struggling in the league, so Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl needs to stop making it so welcoming for away sides to visit theirs.

The south coast club are yet to taste victory in front of their own supporters following a draw against Manchester United and defeats by Chelsea, Bournemouth and Liverpool.

In that time they have scored just four goals and conceded a whopping 10, including four against Chelsea last time out. A quick look at the head-to-head statistics between these two sides is unlikely to excite Hasenhüttl and Co. either.

The home side has failed to win this clash in the last five matches between these sides with three of those, two of which have been Leicester, going to the away team. A Foxes victory is 13/10.

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