PREDICTION Southampton vs Leicester City
Fierce match will be presented at St. Mary’s Stadium, Thursday (14/12) early morning hrs. The match that brought Southampton counter Leicester City will not only show nostalgia for Claude Puel, but will also feature a duel of two Samurai.
As is known, Claude Puel is a Soton manager in last season. Although had brought Manolo Gabbiadini cs drove up to the League Cup final, Puel eventually fired. Of course there is a revenge for the French manager to his former club.
Meanwhile, two Samurai duel is also predicted to be presented in the game later. Samurai itself is the name for the elite soldiers in Japan in the Middle Ages. The title we can embed for Shinji Okazaki in the camp of The Foxes and Maya Yoshida in the stronghold of The Saints.
Incidentally, the position of playing both teams is different. Okazaki is the center forward while Yoshida is a defender. It further allows the duel between the two players that will occur in the field in the game later.
Maya Yoshida (Southampton)
When compared with Okazaki, Yoshida first tasted the hard competition in the Premier League. The 29-year-old defender has been playing in the Premier League since the summer of 2012.
Until now Southampton is the only club in England that he ever strengthened. From season to season, Yoshida appearance can be fairly consistent. He remains the top choice in the back line of Soton, whoever the manager who menukangi club.
Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City)
Though three years slower in tasting the Premier League than Yoshida, Okazaki has something that Yoshida does not have the Premier League title. The former Mainz 05 player won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season at Leicester or in the first season he played in England.
In this season 31-year-old attacker’s role is quite crucial for The Foxes. He even became a key companion to Jamie Vardy and forced Islam Slimani continued to fill the bench.
Southampton XI: Fortster, Stephens, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Tadic, Redmond, Boufal, Austin.
Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton. Okazaki, Vardy.
Of the last five meetings, Leicester has a better record than Soton. The Fox won two wins two draws and only one defeat. However, Leicester’s only defeat of Soton in the last five games took place last season with a conspicuous 3-0 score, then Claude Puel is still the manager of Southampton.
Now of course the situation is different, since ditelangi Puel Riyad Mahrez cs performances continue to rise and now they are in eighth position standings. On the other hand under the care of Maurichio Pellegrino, Soton’s appearance is not bad either. Now they are in 11th position.
Shown at home will make a profit for Southampton. However, most of Soton’s squad this season are Claude Puel’s men last season. In some cases Puel knows how to play ex foster children. Conditions that can make the game ends in a draw with the score 2-2.