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Leicester vs Southampton – Match Preview
09 January 2019, 16:11
Leicester vs Southampton – Match Preview
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Claude Puel may well be sitting seventh in the table while in charge of his Leicester side, but you get the feeling that all is not well at the King Power Stadium. Especially when you consider, that the Foxes were dumped out of the F.A. Cup at the weekend.

They suffered the biggest upset of the round as they lost to League Two Newport, a defeat that would have only reignited the ‘Puel Out’ movement which is beginning to take shape in the East Midlands.

And it is a feeling that Puel himself will know all to well as it was a similar set of circumstances that led to him being shown the exit door at his previous employers Southampton. As Saints manger he not only led them to an an eighth place finish, but also an EFL Cup Final where they lost to Manchester United at Wembley.

What let him down at St Mary’s and what also might end up being the case at his current job is the fact that the football his sides play isn’t deemed attractive enough for meaningful long-term employment.

The only way that Puel can remedy this is by making sure that Leicester hang onto the current seventh place that they find themselves in, something that could well end up offering the club a return back to Europe.

If he is to achieve that feat and in turn increase his chances of staying in the Leicester hotseat, then he will need to keep getting points and more importantly wins on the board and who does he go up against this weekend? His former club Southampton.

They though are the perfect example of the fact that the grass is not always greener on the other side, as since the sacking of Puel back in 2017 they have subsequently named three different managers.

However, after much turmoil it looks as if Southampton have finally found the right man in charge with former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl now at the helm and although the Saints are still in the bottom three at present there is a real air of positivity around the club.

Something that has certainly been fostered after a number of impressive results, as they were the team that ended Arsenal’s impressive unbeaten run thanks to a 3-2 home win and in their last outing, they held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

Although it seems as if small steps are being made under Hasenhuttl, you do get the feeling that they almost need to be giant strides. Draws simply won’t be enough to keep them up, they have to start winning with more regularity.

At the same time, they will be confident that they can use the draw against Chelsea as a launchpad for more positive results, something that they could find themselves getting against a Leicester side that has a habit of blowing hot and cold.

Claude Puel would love to get a win, not only to return to winning ways after such a miserable cup defeat but also to get one over his former employers. However, he may well have to end up with the honours being even this time around in what will be a hard fought 90 minutes.

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HuddersfieldManchester City
20/01/2019 13:30
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Fulham FCTottenham
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WolverhamptonLeicester City
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BournemouthWest Ham
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England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool FC 60 23 19 3 1 54 13 41
2. Manchester City 53 22 17 2 3 59 17 42
3. Tottenham 48 22 16 0 6 46 22 24
4. Chelsea FC 47 23 14 5 4 40 19 21
5. Arsenal 44 23 13 5 5 48 32 16
6. Manchester United 44 23 13 5 5 46 33 13
7. Watford FC 33 23 9 6 8 32 32 0
8. Wolverhampton 32 23 9 5 9 27 31 -4
9. Leicester City 31 23 9 4 10 29 29 0
10. West Ham 31 23 9 4 10 30 34 -4
11. Everton FC 30 23 8 6 9 34 33 1
12. Bournemouth 30 23 9 3 11 33 42 -9
13. Brighton 26 23 7 5 11 25 32 -7
14. Crystal Palace 22 23 6 4 13 23 32 -9
15. Southampton 22 23 5 7 11 25 40 -15
16. Burnley FC 22 23 6 4 13 23 43 -20
17. Newcastle Utd 21 23 5 6 12 19 31 -12
18. Cardiff City 19 23 5 4 14 19 44 -25
19. Fulham FC 14 22 3 5 14 20 49 -29
20. Huddersfield 11 22 2 5 15 13 37 -24

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