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We spoke to a Leicester fan ahead of Sunday's home game against the champions.

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This week we spoke to Leicester City fan and FourFourTwo Magazine's Digital Features Editor Joe Brewin to get the lowdown on Southampton's opponents on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.

Please read, like, share and, most importantly, enjoy this week's edition of INSIDE INFO - the original (we're looking at you, www.southamptonfc.co.uk) Saints column which gets the opposition's views ahead of their match against our beloved Southampton.


St. Mary's Musings: What were your expectations of Leicester's season and how does that compare to the present?

Joe Brewin: I expected us to finish in the top half, but not much beyond that really. Things were obviously not going to be anything like last season but, even without Kante, I thought our squad was still capable of doing something good. Sadly the new signings haven't had much of an impact, though, and our game just isn't as effective against wised-up teams.

SMM: Why aren't Leicester enjoying the heights of last season?

JB: So many reasons: 1) Our players just aren't as arsed, and I can sort of understand it. Even as fans we're somewhat apathetic about the losing after 2015/16. 3) Everyone else is much better. 4) Kante really was that good. 5) Teams are too wise - Vardy isn't getting that space in behind like he did before. The only team who gave it to us properly were Man City, and we pumped them 4-2.

SMM: How have the new signings got on?

JB: Pretty badly. Ahmed Musa has looked an expensive flop other than his two goals against Everton in the FA Cup; Ron-Robert Zieler didn't shower himself in glory when he got his chances; Luis Hernandez is already being shifted on; Nampalys Mendy is only just back in the side after injuries; Bartosz Kapustka must be wondering why he bothered. Wilfried Ndidi looks like he could be very handy, but it's still very early days for him.

SMM: What are your thoughts on Claudio Ranieri?

JB: It's impossible not to adore the bloke. I suspect he's the kind of man players love working for, and he can't do a great deal wrong from our point of view. Essentially he's immune to any serious flack after last year.

SMM: What do you make of Southampton's season so far?

JB: Up and down, but you can't always be impressive. I have a lot of admiration for the way Saints rebuild successfully each year and promote from within, so some dodgy spells are always to be expected. I have to admit, though, that I'd be miffed to lose that many players so regularly. Is the wage structure really so unappealing?

SMM: If you could sell any Leicester player from your regular starting XI, who would it be and why?

JB: We haven't got that many players left to sell now, in truth. We're badly lacking defenders with Hernandez looking likely for a Spain return, Schlupp has gone to Palace and Ulloa is on his way too most likely.

SMM: If you could buy any Saints player, who would it be and why?

JB: Virgil van Dijk. Obviously.

SMM: Who should Saints fans watch out for on Sunday?

JB: Ndidi. He was nicknamed 'The Octopus' during his days at Gent because his limbs were everywhere cutting out attacks. He's the guy we're properly banking on to fill that Kante void.

SMM: Finally, what is your prediction for the game?

JB: It's hard to be optimistic right now, especially as we can't win away. If our defence can hold out then I wouldn't put it past us to nick a 1-0, but more realistically I'd say 2-1 Southampton.