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Premier League Preview: Southampton welcome Leicester to St. Mary's

Both sides are in good form in one of many fascinating Premier League fixtures this weekend

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Saturday sees Southampton take on Premier League high-flyers Leicester at home in a tasty tie at St. Mary's.

Last time out, Ronald Koeman's men tore apart reigning champions Chelsea 3-1 in a historic away win at Stamford Bridge as Saints slowly find their groove after a slow start to the 2015-16 league campaign.

That weekend at the beginning of October also saw Leicester pick up an impressive 2-1 away win at Norwich - leaving The Foxes in fifth place in the league and just one point off second.

Last year's iteration of this fixture saw Southampton substitute Shane Long net a late double to secure a 2-0 win and all three points for the Saints. But, that was when Leicester looked dead and buried, consigned to relegation from the league.

But, Leicester, managed by former Saints boss Nigel Pearson at the time, staged a miraculous recovery and earned Premier League survival - beating Southampton in the process.

Now, under Claudio Ranieri's stewardship, Leicester have managed to maintain their end-of-season momentum into this year's campaign and look impressive with Jamie Vardy in a purple patch of goalscoring form.

Italian Ranieri had some words for Southampton's talisman and fellow countryman Graziano Pelle, as well as his teammates, in his pre-match press conference: "Southampton score very good goals and they have very good development from the back.

"Graziano Pelle is in a fantastic moment. He also scored a goal for the Italian national team. He's in good condition, a good targetman, but also his team-mates are very good." <!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## -->

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Saints' summer signing Jordy Clasie could well make his Premier League debut after recovering from a hamstring injury. Notable absentees include Shane Long, who picked up an ankle injury on international duty for Ireland, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Meanwhile, Leicester have no injury concerns going into this game.

Southampton have only lost one of their last 18 top-flight home games against Leicester - coming in April 2000. This record stands at 10 wins and seven draws for the Saints.