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Luke Reddy

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  1. The fight for survival

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Nigel Pearson has just done enough high-fives to last a lifetime. And why not?


    Burnley are down, a win at Hull City did nothing to save them. Queens Park Rangers will go the same way unless they win at Manchester City tomorrow.

    Aston Villa are in good shape, another win today over West Ham, while Newcastle's draw with West Brom leaves them with much to do.

    You can get all the reaction, including quotes from Pearson and his opposite number Ronald Koeman by following our Premier League live text here. It will also take in Crystal Palace v Manchester United.

    From me, it's farewell.


    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Leicester fans

    Win, win, win, win, lose, win, win.

    That's Leicester City's form. They fully deserved what they got today and the overall reward of surviving in this league is drawing ever closer.

    Ronald Koeman chats to his coaching staff on the touchline, the investigation into Southampton's miserable form and display is under way.

  3. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Ryan Bertrand clips one forward into the box, it's cleared but only partially and Sadio Mane is fed, inside right-channel, he gets into the area but pulls a shot across goal and wide.

  4. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Sadio Mane down the left, he pulls it back for Toby Alderweireld who will smash one from 20 yards and Robert Huth gets in the way of it, corner. In it comes, there he is again, Huth. A monstrous header.


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  6. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Forward races Jose Fonte as another Southampton attack breaks down in injury time. Leicester look a bit out on their feet but make no mistake, the points are coming their way.

  7. Leicester's great escape...

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Leicester have a trip to Sunderland and a home game against Queens Park Rangers to come now. What a chance they have given themselves to survive.

    Queens Park Rangers travel to Manchester City tomorrow and could well go down, Burnley are going down today as things stand despite leading Hull City. Newcastle are only drawing, what a day to be a Leicester fan. The belief must be coursing through the veins of their followers. Any chance of a tweet Gary Lineker?

  8. Points on the board

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Never mind Southampton fans. It's not all doom and gloom...

    Ronald Koeman
  9. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Esteban Cambiasso

    David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso conspire to show what years of experience can deliver as they link up near the corner flag to win a corner and waste more time. Cambiasso, hands on hips, struts into the area as the home fans sing his name.

  10. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Ronald Koeman

    Nothing in this one in terms of distance covered. Leicester's players have run 99.6km compared to 98.2km by the away side. That's around about 60 miles per side. High intensity sprints are also a close call, 429 for the home side, 445 for the visitors.

    This game has been won with more intensity in the final third.

  11. Text us on 81111

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Chris, Bournemouth: Hope Leicester stay up and Newcastle go down, just to prove that keeping faith in a manager is better than sacking him, as I'm getting worried football is becoming far too fickle these days.


    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Nigel Pearson

    Marcin Wasilewski is in the book for Leicester, a hand-off on Sadio Mane brings the first card of the game. In comes the Southampton free-kick but it's cleared easily. Around 10 minutes for Leicester to complete another huge win.

  13. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton


    Victor Wanyama deep in midfield, Leicester let him have it, 'you won't hurt us' they think. He finds Filip Djuricic but his direct ball cannot find Graziano Pelle. More Southampton failings. Ronald Koeman's interview will be a good listen after this. Remember, earlier this week the Dutchman asked his side for more than what they have recently offered.

    If this is more then I wouldn't want to see them on a bad day. In comes a Nathaniel Clyne cross, it's a beach ball delivery, floating into the goalkeeper's hands.

  14. OUCH!

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Southampton now have Shane Long partnering Graziano Pelle up front but it's at the other end where we see a bit of drama and maybe a real worry for Leicester as Leonardo Ulloa limps off injured.

    This is not the point in the season where you want to see your target man hobbling off holding his hamstring.

  15. Is the Europa League worth it?

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Southampton fans, do you really want to be in the Europa League anyway?

    Europa League

    Many label the competition as a hindrance to their Premier League aspirations, but is there any substance to these claims?

    BBC Sport studied 10 seasons since the Europa League introduced group stages to find exactly what impact a campaign has on league performance.

    Have a look here.


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    Tottenham, a place above Southampton, are 2-0 down at Stoke City. Swansea City in eighth may well like what they are seeing.

  17. CLOSE!

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Roy Hodgson

    Esteban Cambiasso ripples the side netting for Leicester and one half of the ground think his volley from 18 yards has found the bottom corner. Calm yourselves ladies and gents.


    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    SADIO MANE... brilliant save from Kasper Schmeichel. A dipping effort out of nothing needs to be tipped over the bar. The keeper had to be agile and full of spring to reach that. It just goes to show, anything can still happen yet...


    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    David Nugent is on for Jamie Vardy. A standing ovation for the departing Foxes player.

  20. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Jamie Vardy gallops clear on the counter-attack, he can play Riyad Mahrez in for a clear chance... no. The striker could not dig the ball from under his feet and the break ends.

    Vardy has been superb, full of running if short on guile when he missed a great first-half chance and he fluffed his lines there. It will be his last piece of action.

    Jamie Vardy
  21. As it stands...

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Hull are absolutely all over Burnley who they trail at the KC Stadium but it's points not pressure that matter at this stage.


    If Leicester City win against Southampton and Newcastle United avoid defeat by West Bromwich Albion, while Aston Villa do not lose to West Ham, it doesn't matter what the Clarets do. They will be relegated.

  22. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Victor Wanyama, into Sadio Mane, the ball is returned but out rushes Kasper Schmeichel. Too much meat on the through ball, food and drink for the keeper.


    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    On comes Filip Djuricic for Steven Davis and Shane Long for Eljero Elia.

    Davis did not have a great day, completing just 66% of passes in the opposition half. Only Graziano Pelle has a lower reading for Saints so far.

  24. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Wes Morgan

    Steven Davis swings in a cross, poor, Robert Huth has cleared 10,000 of them in his career and that one gets the full-boot treatment.

    In fairness to Southampton, they have not shirked the fight in this match but they just appear lazy going forward. It's as if thinking is too much like hard work today. Tired minds, not tired legs.

  25. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Leicester go direct from a free-kick, it misses Wes Morgan, misses Leonardo Ulloa and is partially cleared. Esteban Cambiasso with a back-heel, cut out, it comes back to him... BANG... saved.

    A deflection took the sting off it.

  26. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    As Filip Djuricic and Shane Long ready themselves on Southampton's bench, some shocking control from Ryan Bertrand draws howls of laughter as a ball trickles past him for a Leicester throw.

  27. Burnley score...

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    A big goal for Burnley and Danny Ings at the KC Stadium puts Hull City in major trouble. It will still see the Clarets go down unless West Brom find a winner against Newcastle. Follow all the other games here.

  28. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Eljero Elia

    Victor Wanyama picks the ball up in midfield but his touch is poor, in keeping with what we are seeing from Southampton. Leicester take yet another Sunday League throw-in, launching one up the line, flicked on by the big man Leonardo Ulloa for someone to chase.

    It sets a foundation for an attack and Riyad Mahrez has a pop from inside the area but his volley is well wide.

  29. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Leicester fan

    Jamie Vardy away down the right... no. He's pulled back for a foul on Ryan Bertrand. The striker is red faced as he screams at the referee. Not happy.

    Riyad Mahrez needs some treatment after a collision with Harrison Reed. Magic spray time as Filbert the fox - Leicester's mascot - does a jig to keep this survival push going. The bloke pictured has done his bit too...

  30. Text us on 81111

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Yas in Yeovil: Leicester reaping the benefits of showing confidence in Nigel Pearson rather than sacking him.

  31. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Make no mistake about it, Southampton have had a half-time talking to. Their reshuffle has prompted a much better spell and only a sliding Wes Morgan denies Sadio Mane an opening.

  32. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Here is how they line up remember...

    Leicester v Southampton

    We did of course see Matty James taken off on a stretcher and Danny Drinkwater introduced. It looks like Southampton have had a small reshuffle during the break with Victor Wanyama now their only deep-lying midfielder. Steven Davis looks to have pushed on, Harrison Reed sent wide right and Sadio Mane joining Graziano Pelle up front.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Marc Albrighton

    We are back underway and in an act which typifies the match so far, Jamie Vardy chases down Nathaniel Clyne to force a throw-in. Superb work rate. What a way to remind your side this one is far from over.

  34. Burnley on a downer...

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    As things stand this will be a day to forget for Burnley. They may be drawing at Hull City but with Newcastle picking up a point, Leicester City ahead and Sunderland already with three points in the bag, a point is not enough at the KC Stadium.

    You can follow the second half of that game on a live text here.


    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Phil Williamson: Southampton's impressive season seems to be fading away quite badly in the season's final stages.

    Tweet us your thoughts on the game to #bbcfootball.

  36. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Mahrez scores

    There can be no doubting where the Leicester City buzz comes from.

    Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are the only players on the pitch to have covered more than six kilometres in the match. Mahrez - scorer of both goals - leads the way on 6.29km, that's a shade under four miles.

    The home side are sloppy distribution wise, with only Marc Albrighton completing 80% of their passes but that's probably a function of the fact they play direct towards Leonardo Ulloa so much.

  37. The as it stands table...

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton


    How are the heart rates? We have two and a half games of the season to go. As it stands Hull are joining Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the Championship next season. Leicester will be in the Premier League and on this form, probably pushing for the title to be wrapped up by Christmas...


    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    And there goes the half-time whistle. I know which dressing room I'd rather be in.

    Southampton have the look of a team willing to compete but not overly enthused and unlikely to produce anything out of the ordinary. Leicester in contrast are a side who know they have everything to play for and with momentum on their side, look unstoppable.

    What is it they say about momentum though? A cruel mistress. She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake...

  39. CLOSE!

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    We go into a sixth minute of added time as a result of that Matty James injury and Leicester face a threat in the shape of a Toby Alderweireld free-kick from range. Well fielded by Kasper Schmeichel, tipped over without too much fuss.

  40. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    As Kasper Schmeichel races to the edge of his area to collect a long ball with Sadio Mane giving chase, Nigel Pearson could be forgiven for patting himself on the back here.

    His team, with their usual three central defender and wing-backs, have comfortably dealt with the away side here. Leicester have had six shots, Southampton three. It's been efficient, professional and all-round admirable.

    match stats
  41. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Southampton pump a free-kick forward but you guessed it, Robert Huth is there to head away only for Marc Albrighton to clumsily concede a corner. Not the time to concede now, half-time approaching, a brief moment of silence in the ground as the delivery comes in but it's headed clear. Job done.

  42. The view elsewhere

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Leicester will care little for what's going on elsewhere as they take charge of their own destiny in this first half. Who could blame them, they are producing title-winning form.

    If they do cast an eye at the vidiprinter at the break though they will see Hull City in the bottom three. They are level with Burnley but Newcastle have just equalised against West Brom to jump out of the relegation zone.


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  44. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Roy Hodgson is in the house. Who will his eye be on?

    Wes Morgan chests down just eight yards from goal for Leicester City but is robbed of possession before he can get a shot off.

    This is a canter for the home side so far and you would think Ronald Koeman will fire a rocket in the away dressing room at the break.

  45. Post update

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Toby Alderweireld

    What an opportunity Jamie Vardy was just served up, he couldn't have asked for more and that could prove crucial as this day unfolds. The game would have been out of sight.

    Still, the Leicester front-three triangle of Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Riyad Mahrez are causing problems. They mix force through Ulloa and speed through the other two.

    At the other end, Graziano Pelle cannot collect a pass as Jeffrey Schlupp hacks clear. Pelle has been anonymous.

  46. Bang in form

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Leonardo Ulloa
  47. CLOSE!

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    The clapping at the King Power is constant, the action anything but.

    Southampton look like they are willing to engage in terms of effort but their minds look far less active. There is nothing creative coming from the side in red and white, no invention, but at the other end, WHAT A CHANCE... Jamie Vardy... saved.

    Riyad Mahrez slipped him in, Southampton's defence watched on in admiration, but Paulo Gazzaniga denied him with a low save.

  48. Pearson's jigsaw from red to blue

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    The manner in which Nigel Pearson's position at Leicester City has evolved is perhaps as complex as the man himself.

    Nigel Pearson

    The former central defender was of course manager of Southampton for less than four months in 2008 - a spell in which they survived in the Championship, relegating Leicester on the final day.

    He was sacked. So what did he do next? Become manager of Leicester of course. That spell lasted a couple of years, he left for around 17 months and then returned for a second spell.

  49. Text us on 81111

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

    Mark, Berkshire: Truely abject from the gutless Saints. The failure to provide adequate coverage for Fraser Forster has not helped either.

    Ashwin: Are Leicester honestly in 14th as it stands? Story of the season if they finish with 40 points or more.

  50. Post update

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

    Riyad Mahrez may argue he has his reward for hard work. Playing behind the front two he has run more than any player on the pitch so far, 3.22km is a shade over two miles.

  51. Post update

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

    Robert Huth has been to the fore for his side. Here he goes putting his body in the way of a cross to prevent Steven Davis from getting a header on goal. It's brave defending. Sadio Mane can get a header in though but it's over and these Leicester fans - making a right racket - will take that all day.

  52. Post update

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

    Harrison Reeds has a pop from range but Kasper Schmeichel just punches the effort clear, easy peasy. Southampton have to do more than that or hopes of a top-six finish will suffer a blow here.

  53. Post update

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

  54. Post update

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger on BBC Final Score

    "Southampton have not started well. Even if you have nothing to play for, you have to have an intensity and go in to the game playing at some pace. But Southampton have not shown that and are 2-0 behind."

  55. GOAL

    Leicester City 2-0 Southampton - Riyad Mahrez

    Riyad Mahrez

    The big-little combination up front works a treat as Leonardo Ulloa flicks on, Jamie Vardy gets stuck in in the area to pull back across goal and Riyad Mahrez has an entire postcode of space to prod the ball in off the bar for his second of the game.

    Southampton players looked around almost begging for an offside flag but there is no let off for some shocking defending.

  56. Post update

    Leicester City 1-0 Southampton

    A quiet spell, probably not too much of a disappointment for Nigel Pearson as his side hack clear a Ryan Bertrand cross and scrap in midfield to prevent coming under threat.

    The duo of Jamie Vardy and Ulloa up top work in tandem, the latter flicking a throw-in on for his diminutive strike partner but the attack is snuffed out.

  57. As it stands

    Leicester City 1-0 Southampton


    Leicester's early goal sends them out of the Premier League bottom six and into 14th in the table, two points clear of the drop zone. Newcastle are now a place outside the bottom three.

  58. Post update

    Leicester City 1-0 Southampton

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    "It is a tremendous start for Leicester and that is how they have been going in the last few weeks. Mahrez took his goal really well, he checked inside Steven Davis and the goalkeeper couldn't react."


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    Baz Saikia: Leicester have had a sensational run of form in the latter stage of this season. Six consecutive wins is a delight for Pearson.

    Timothy Walton: What's been put in the water in Leicester recently?! Champions League form.

    Send us your thoughts on the game to #bbcfootball.


    Leicester City 1-0 Southampton

    On comes Danny Drinkwater for the injured Matty James. Not the type of momentum killer Leicester wanted after that Riyad Mahrez goal. We go again. That stoppage will prompt some injury time.

  61. OUCH!

    Leicester City 1-0 Southampton

    Matthew James

    Leicester City's joy is short lived as Matty James looks like he's suffered a horrible, horrible injury.

    The defender tracks Ryan Bertrand down the Southampton left but lands heavily as he plants his foot and doesn't even bother trying to get up. It looks like a twist of the ankle but could be some sort of ligament damage.

    It's ugly to watch, the stretcher is on. James is lying on it and applauding the support he is getting but he, understandably, looks distraught.

  62. GOAL

    Leicester City 1-0 Southampton - Riyad Mahrez

    "We are staying up," they sing in the King Power Stadium. The fan on our last entry is being rewarded for his positivity and so was Riyad Mahrez as he ends a mazy run with a slick finish.

    The Algerian picks the ball up centrally and sets off, beating one man and takes aim from slightly left of centre 20 yards from goal - it's a crisp finish, low across goal and into the bottom corner.

    What a start for Leicester. They only know how to win these days.

  63. Post update

    Leicester 0-0 Southampton

    One Leicester fan in the King Power is all about positivity...

    A Leicester fan
  64. Post update

    Leicester 0-0 Southampton

    Robert Huth in the thick of it at either end and within a minute of going close he has to be Jack Flash in his own area to slide in and deny Ryan Bertrand in a good area. Corner comes in, cleared for another, corner comes in, caught.

    Catching practice for Kasper Schmeichel.

  65. Post update

    Leicester 0-0 Southampton

    In comes the corner, Robert Huth with the flick... over. A good glancing header at the near post but he got a bit much on it.

  66. KICK-OFF

    Leicester 0-0 Southampton

    A rapid start sees Sadio Mane launch a Southampton break which gets comfortably dealt with at the back by the home side and now they settle, clipping a free-kick into the box from halfway and hang on... corner.

  67. As it stands

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Right Leicester City, Premier League participation with all its riches next season is all on you.

    Premier League

    Sunderland's win at Everton has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons - they are now 14th - so a big 90 minutes await.

    Here we go. Referee Roger East is getting us underway...

  68. Who would have thought it?

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at King Power Stadium

    "Who would have thought Leicester would be this close to safety after four and a half months in the bottom three?

    "Who would have thought Pearson would have still been in a job? His belief never wavered though, even after watching game after game snatched away from a team that has looked shot-shy at times and defensively leaky at others, but never outclassed.

    "The Saints are just the sort of team capable of throwing the whole relegation equation into confusion again as they chase points for Europa League qualification.

    "Ronald Koeman isn't happy with the way their season is petering out. Just four wins in 13 games has destroyed optimistic hopes of Champions League football. He'll now be looking for renewed momentum to take into next season before he again adds to the squad this summer with added fire power up front."

  69. Time to shake it up...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Victor Wanyama

    Southampton upload a quote from midfielder Victor Wanyama on Instagram:"We are frustrated in the dressing room. We need to be ready for the game. It's just not about Leicester. In all remaining games we will have to show that aggression to get results."

  70. Tunnel time...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Players in the tunnel. Jose Fonte glares into the distance, a stare of focus. Paulo Gazzinga - Southampton's goalkeeper making his first start of the season - has a pony tail. Not sure if that look works on a keeper. Here come the players, cue the roars...

  71. Award for Pearson...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver may have stated he thinks he is the "best coach in the Premier League" this week but he cannot claim that title during April at least.

    Nigel Pearson and John Carver

    Nigel Pearson was given the Premier League's Manager of the Month award this week. His side won four of their five games in April.

    Did you know? Pearson's side kept clean sheets in three of their last four matches, the same number that they kept in their previous 19 league fixtures.

  72. An indie welcome...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)


    Tom and Sergio (central two pictured) from indie band Kasabian are on the pitch at the King power Stadium. The Leicester fanatics are on the microphone in the centre circle giving it a big build-up. They get the crowd involved, much cheering, much applause, much chanting, much fist pumping.

  73. A sacking, an Ostrich, survival?

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    It really has been a remarkable season at the King Power Stadium.

    Nigel Pearson

    No fan there can argue they haven't had drama for the cash splashed on a season ticket.

    First came the summer hope, an unlikely signing in Esteban Cambiasso, then a stunning 5-3 win over Manchester united.

    But manager Nigel Pearson seemed intent on being the stand-out character of the season.

    The 51-year-old was reportedly sacked in February, only for that not to be true. He had a touchline fracas with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur a couple of months after verbally abusing a fan. Asking a journalist if he was "an ostrich" drew more column inches but staying up, a feat which once looked unthinkable, would cap off a season of mayhem.

  74. The race for Europe...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Southampton fans will no doubt relish a bit of Spain, France, Italy, maybe even Ukraine next season on a Europa League adventure.

    The south-coast club have played in foreign competition just once since 1985, a first round exit in the Uefa Cup in 2004.

    Premier League

    They are seventh, just a point behind Spurs - who travel to Stoke today - but have a far healthier goal difference than the side guided by their former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    What an irony it would be if Ronald Koeman stopped his predecessor from qualifying for Europe. The top six are guaranteed a European place, seventh will do the job if Arsenal win the FA Cup.

  75. Through their paces...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    The players are out warming up. I can see Nathaniel Clyne going through his paces. His manager said last week he wants the full-back to make a decision on his future inside 10 days with his contract set to expire next summer.

    Jose Fonte performs a few leaps to warm those legs up. It's a fine day in Leicester, the pitch is immaculate, Leicester will take even the most ugly of wins and news of Sunderland's win at Everton will no doubt await their players when they return to the changing room.

  76. Who is Paulo Gazzinga?

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Southampton hand a first start of the season to goalkeeper Paulo Gazzinga as Kelvin Davis drops to the bench. His inclusion means Davis must wait for his 300th Saints appearance.

    Paulo Gazzinga

    It has been over a year since Gazzinga played a competitive game for the club and in eight outings last season the 23-year-old kept just one clean sheet.

  77. Team news

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Andy King

    Always time for a selfie on his way into the ground but Andy King is still not fit to feature for a Leicester City side unchanged from their biggest win of the season last weekend.

    Nigel Pearson keeps faith with the same XI which thrashed Newcastle but Southampton boss Ronald Koeman makes four changes as goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga gets a start - his first outing of the season - and Harrison Reed, Steven Davis and Eljero Elia come in.

    Leicester City: Schmeichel, Morgan, James, Vardy, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa, Mahrez, Wasilewski.

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte (c), Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Reed, S. Davis, Elia, Mane, Pelle.


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  79. Ending with a whimper...

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton by contrast may look back and long for winter. They'd love nothing more than a return to last summer too.

    With just one win in five and just four in 14, defeat at home to relegation-threatened Sunderland last week angered manager Ronald Koeman.

    "I'm not so happy about the last few weeks and we are always talking about the whole season," said Koeman in his weekly news conference.

    "We need a good reaction after the poor game we showed last week. It's a difficult opponent Leicester, full of confidence, and we have to come back to our level."

    Still, it's easy to lose perspective with the Saints. Let's not forget they only returned to the Premier League in 2012 and sold around £100m of key players last summer.

  80. Not us, not this year

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    "Say we are staying up, say we are staying up..."

    Leicester City fox

    Leicester City fans and Filbert the Fox have got the tune rolling off the tongue since their side did the unthinkable and started winning matches - five wins in six league games no less.

    Relegated after one season in the Premier League back in 2004, the Foxes are scurrying towards a very different outcome this time around. Talk about timing. This hot air balloon was plummeting to a rough landing for much of the season...

    Leicester City form
  81. Welcome

    Leicester v Southampton (15:00 BST)

    What goes up...

    A hot air balloon

    Must come down...

    A hot air balloon lands

    Queens Park Rangers - doomed. Burnley - doomed. The rise to the Premier League comes with a prominent peril - a drop, relegation, a gut-wrencher.

    But sometimes, just sometimes, a great adventure need not end too quickly...