Southampton v Leicester team news and stats

Date published: Friday 16th October 2015 2:47

Shane Long: Southampton striker misses Sunderland game

Leicester will be hoping to match a club record for staying unbeaten away from home when they travel to face Southampton in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Team news

Southampton will be without Shane Long for the visit of Leicester after the forward injured ankle ligaments while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Midfielder Jordy Clasie, however, seems in line for his Premier League debut, having been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in July’s Europa League victory over Vitesse Arnhem, although manager Ronald Koeman may not risk him from the start.

Koeman’s only other absentees are long-term injury victims – goalkeeper Fraser Forster and defender Florin Gardos.

Nathan Dyer could return for Leicester after recovering from a knee injury.

The on-loan Swansea winger has not played since suffering the injury while scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory against Aston Villa last month, but is now fit again.

Boss Claudio Ranieri will assess Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp after their return from international duty with Algeria and Ghana respectively, but they are expected to feature, while Ranieri has no other injury worries after the international break.


Opta Stats

  • Both meetings between these sides last season ended 2-0 to the home team with a player scoring a brace (Long, Mahrez).
  • Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, including in each of his last five matches in the competition.
  • Only three English players have scored in six consecutive PL appearances this century: Michael Owen (6 in 2003), James Beattie (6 in 2003) and Daniel Sturridge (8 in 2014).
  • The Foxes have won more points from losing positions than any other top-flight side this season (6).
  •  Saints have only lost one of their last 18 top-flight home games against Leicester (W10 D7).
  • Leicester are unbeaten in seven Premier League away games; only once in their top-flight history have they gone eight without defeat on the road (nine in 1973).
  • Leicester have scored and conceded in all eight of their league games this season.
  • Graziano Pelle has missed the target from inside the box twice as many times as any other Premier League player this season (18, Gestede 9).
  • Maarten Stekelenburg has made only 10 saves in eight games this term, that’s four fewer than David de Gea has made in half as many matches (14 in four).
  • Sadio Mane has two goals and four assists in his last five league appearances.

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