English Premiership

Preview: Leicester v Southampton

2016-04-03 14:06
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Cape Town - Leicester have the chance to strengthen their grip on the Premier League title when Southampton visit the King Power Stadium on Sunday in the early kick-off.

Claudio Ranieri's side are five points clear of second-placed Tottenham and 11 ahead of Arsenal in third, with seven games remaining in the campaign.

The Foxes have lost just once since the turn of the year, against the Gunners in mid-February, and only three times all season - the least in the top flight.

The league leaders have gone on to win four of their next five matches, all by 1-0 scorelines, and are seeking a fourth successive victory.

The Saints, meanwhile, have recovered from a horrendous festive period, which saw them record just one win in seven league outings.

Ronald Koeman's team have lost just three top-flight encounters since then, embarking on a six-match unbeaten run before going down 2-1 to Chelsea.

The south-coast club enter this weekend's fixture on the back of a three-game undefeated run, having recorded successive wins over Stoke and Liverpool prior to the international break.

In team news, the hosts will assess the fitness of left-back Jeff Schlupp, who sustained a knee injury in Ghana's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique.

Ranieri's only definite absentee is Matty James, who continues to make his way back from a long-term knee problem.

Shane Long could miss the long trip to the East Midlands after injuring his knee during the Republic of Ireland's 2-2 draw against Slovakia on Tuesday.

Visiting boss Koeman will also hand late fitness tests to Ryan Bertrand (minor knock), Jay Rodriguez (ankle) and Charlie Austin (hamstring).

Kick-off is at 14:30.


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