Leicester were in heaven down at St. Mary’s in the opposite meeting earlier in the season, a fantastic record win and all those great goals scored, but this time it should go totally in the wrong direction.
Leicester were of course the favorites but again it was a new juggle with the team as it will be in the future also with all those games coming up, and of course a change from the FA Cup clash v. Wigan was obvious.
To see Leicester losing battles against Man City and Liverpool are accepted but at home to Southampton any day of the week you should demand three points and goals scored. Everything started well and early on Dennis Preat scored from a clinical Jamie Vardy pass after a long fantastic sprint down the left side.
Leicester were 1-0 up and we all hoped that they would go on from there and just hammer Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to pieces but that never happened. Just heroic work from Kasper Schmeichel and central defender Caglar Coyuncu and Jonny Evans made it possible to keep the lead, but it only lasted five minutes.
Danny Ings was a handful and the Leicester defense really struggled with his variety of runs, shots and passes. Ings is back at his best and as we all know at one time a target for Leicester. He really showed everyone at King Power that he can do the business up front and with a hard working midfield with Stuart Armstrong leading the way, Leicester just couldn’t handle the pressure.
it took just five minutes for Southampton to score after Leicester had taken the lead and it was a pity to watch. Stuart Armstrong scored from a James Maddison deflection and it just bounced into the goal with no chance for Kasper Schmeichel to save it.
The game went a bit in both directions and it was Southampton that came close a couple of times hitting the bar and also Kasper Schmeichel making a number of great saves, so all in all 1-1 at half time was a fear result.
Leicester City played Hamza Choudhury in that central midfield defensive role, and with both Tielemans and Ndidi not in the starting line-up Leicester City is not the same. To see Praet and Maddison as the two other in the center, no Marc Albrighton in the line up, you just start to think, why is he doing that.
In the 81st minute Danny Ings was set up by “Leicester born” Che Adams and Ings finish found the net and the “nightmare” was completed, Saints were 2-1 up with just a few minutes left of the game.
Southampton did play well and they worked hard to keep things going, Danny Ings just worked as hard as ever up front and VAR also had it’s say.
Leicester and Southampton had goals disallowed by VAR, Jonny Evans with a screamer of a header was one of those, but clearly the goal was overruled and correctly changed, so no need to go on about VAR. It’s in the game for a purpose, the referees needs a season to get everything smoothly under control and it takes away goals that are not goals. Those loving “errors” and “fouls” being allowed should just look themselves in the mirror.
Leicester gave away three points at home and as we have seen over the last two months it’s starting to slide a bit in form, but for TCF it’s about Wilfred Ndidi, his presence at Leicester is very important and without him you have no real back up.
- Kasper Schmeichel, making some great saves
- Creating enough chances to win the game
- Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans doing as much as they could
- Jamie Vardy back in the line-up, setting up Praet perfectly
- A team without the right balance and blend this Saturday
- Harvey Barnes, needs to step up heavily
- James Maddison not consistent enough to “save” Leicester
- Leaving Tielemans out when Ndidi is absent, not a smart choice
- Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Pereira 6, Soyuncu 6, Evans 6, Chilwell 4, Preat 6, Choudhury 6, Maddison 6, Perez 5, Vardy 6, Barnes 4, Subs: Iheanacho, Gray, Tielemans
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 48 / 52
- Corners: 2 / 4
- Shots on target: 4 / 10
- Fouls: 9 / 17
- Offsides: 3 / 2