Leicester City-Southampton Preview
Ralph Hasenhuttl is ready to press the "reset button" in the hope of getting Southampton back to winning ways when they host Leicester City on Wednesday.
The Saints have lost back-to-back matches, going down 2-1 to Norwich City and 4-0 to Liverpool, following a previous run of four games without defeat.
Southampton famously lost 9-0 at home to Leicester two years ago, but Hasenhuttl is targeting this contest as a chance for his side to show their defensive resilience and kickstart their season.
"We had a good record of clean sheets at the beginning of the season. In the last two games, though, we have conceded too many goals," Hasenhuttl said.
"This is again a reset button to be pushed to come back to what made us strong in this time when we had been unbeaten for four games.
"We're not a team that scores five or six goals in a game, but we are a team that can win by working hard, and this is what we have to do now again."
Leicester snapped a four-game winless run in all competitions with a 3-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Europa League and a 4-2 win against Watford in the Premier League last week.
After scoring seven goals in the space of a few days, head coach Brendan Rodgers believes his side are feeling the benefits of becoming more settled as a unit.
"I just feel the team has probably settled a little bit now," he said. "The beginning of the season we had players missing, so we were having to adapt the shape of the team to fit.
"The balance in the team has been good in these last couple of games. We've made some mistakes and given away a couple of penalties.
"But in the main it looks a lot more solid and, on top of that, we're scoring goals and looking exciting going forward."
Southampton - Tino Livramento
Hasenhuttl stressed the importance of his side remaining tight at the back, but Livramento will also be tasked with starting attacks from deep against Leicester.
The Chelsea youth product has caught the eye the season, leading the way for progression upfield from carries (1,666 metres), and could be key at both ends in this contest.
Leicester City - Ayoze Perez
Perez has chipped in with some key assists this term, but he has found the net just once in nine appearances in all competitions and is set to start this match on the bench.
Southampton will hope he stays there as the Spaniard has scored seven times against them in the Premier League - his most against any side - including a couple of hat-tricks.
- Southampton have had a player sent off in each of their last three home league games against Leicester - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in 2018-19, Ryan Bertrand in 2019-20 and Jannik Vestergaard last season.
- After winning just three of their first 38 away league games against Southampton (D14 L21), Leicester have now won on three of their last four visits to St Mary's (D1) while netting 16 goals in the process.
- So far in 2021, Southampton have lost six of their seven midweek Premier League games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning the other. The Saints have conceded 25 goals in these seven games, including a 9-0 loss at Manchester United in February.
- Southampton's home games have seen fewer goals scored than any other side in the Premier League this season (nine), with the Saints scoring five and conceding four in their six games at St Mary's so far this term.
- Leicester City have both scored and conceded in each of their last 13 Premier League away games (F20 A21) - in Premier League history, only Blackburn have had a longer run of both scoring and conceding in consecutive away games (14 between May 2011 and February 2012).
Updated November 30, 2021