DEBUTANT WLB contributor Thomas Thorn (@TomTomDRFC) runs the rule over Thursday night’s Premier League fixture from the King Power.
Leicester v Southampton | Thursday 19th March 2018, 19:45
Leicester will be hoping to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat on Saturday away at Burnley. Jamie Vardy’s 17th strike of the season was not enough as two goals in the first 10 minutes gave the Foxes their second successive defeat.
Leicester’s season looks to be petering out as they sit sixth in the league, nine points adrift of the European places.
Southampton will still be kicking themselves for throwing away a two-goal advantage at home to Chelsea on Saturday. After Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek had Saints fans dreaming of another season in the Premier League, Edin Hazard’s goal, sandwiched between a Olivier Giroud double stole all three points from the relegation-threatened side.
Their fourth league defeat in a row leaves Southampton occupying a relegation spot, five points from safety with five fixtures to play.
The two things these sides do have in common is that you are guaranteed goals.
Leicester have failed to score in only one Premier League game in 2018 and have notched in their last 14 games. Alternatively, Southampton have only kept one clean sheet in the league since the turn of the year. In their past three games, the Hampshire side have conceded nine goals and only scored four in return.
Leicester games average 2.90 goals per-game whilst Southampton’s offer 2.60 on average. Unibet are offering even-money on Over 2.5 Goals being plundered on Thursday night.
Cards and goalscorers
Leicester’s talisman Vardy will be licking his lips and the prospect of facing a leaky defence. Vardy scored in the fourth successive Premier League game on Saturday and is Leicester’s top scorer. The Englishman leads the way for big chances converted in the Premier League, converting 68.4% of his chances.
Vardy is 10/7 with Unibet to continue his goalscoring run on Thursday.
Away from the topic of goals, the game features the joint-most booked playing in the Premier League. Midfielder Oriol Romeu has been shown nine yellow cards this season, only matched by Ashley Barnes of Burnley and Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford.
The Spanish midfielder is on course to match his yellow card total of 11 last season. 11/5 at Unibet says that he will be cautioned again.