Prior to their weekend meeting with Burnley, Leicester City maintained faint hopes of grabbing for themselves a European berth, however such ambitions were dashed following a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor and they now sit some nine points adrift of seventh-placed Burnley. Instead the best that the Foxes can achieve this season is a finishing position of eighth and with defeats in each of their last two Premier League outings, Foxes boss Claude Puel will be desperate to finish the 2017/18 campaign on something of a high.
Jamie Vardy has certainly been the star player for Leicester City this season and he will be keen for the season not to end on a bit of a damp squib. Vardy has banged in ten goals in his last twelve Leicester City appearances with twenty scored since the start of the season and he is certain to be taking part in this summer’s World Cup in Russia. At odds-on, there is plenty of value in backing Vardy to score at any point of Thursday evening’s match, however you can also enjoy added value by taking advantage of the many free bet offers available from the bookmakers.
Mark Hughes has failed to see his Southampton side manage any league points since his arrival as manager of the Saints although his side showed plenty of promise in their weekend 3-2 defeat to Chelsea. Nevertheless with Southampton 2-0 up and just twenty minutes left to play, few expected them to lose in such dramatic fashion and three goals conceded in just eight minutes will have been a huge disappointment for Hughes and his men.
Southampton face Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup this weekend and it remains to be seen how the weekend defeat will affect confidence in the squad. Nevertheless three points on Thursday evening will be of the utmost importance although while Leicester City have little left to play for, we expect them to send the visiting Saints home with nothing to show for their efforts and leave Mark Hughes still searching for his first points as Southampton boss, William Hill Bookies going 5/4 on a Leicester City win.