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AFTER a dismal recent run of three defeats and one draw from four Premier League fixtures, Southampton are hovering just above the relegation zone ahead of their clash with high-flying Leicester City on Friday evening.

  While Southampton’s overall results have been poor, the Saints have developed a notable knack for getting their names on the scoresheet in the Premier League.

  After failing to score on the opening weekend of the season against Burnley, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have gone on to register in every single league game since, and we think the Saints can push their 100% scoring record to nine matches against Leicester on Friday.

  In terms of results, the Foxes have been flying this season, and Leicester are within touching distance of second place after their comeback win over Burnley at the weekend.

  It’s worth noting that Leicester have retained a potent goal-scoring threat on their travels, despite their underwhelming points return – in fact, the Foxes scored at least once in 21 of their last 24 Premier League away fixtures overall since April 2018, despite winning just eight times.

  The Foxes routinely have trouble keeping the door shut at the other end away from home however. In total, Leicester kept their hosts out just four times in that same set of 24 away fixtures, and City conceded at least once in 100% of their last 12 Premier League games on the road.

  When you digest those numbers, it won’t surprise you to learn that both teams scored in 10 of Leicester’s most recent 12 away top flight contests, and that’s where we feel the best value lies for the Foxes’ latest Premier League excursion on Friday.

  In terms of our correct score prediction, we’re backing Southampton to add to the confidence building point they took at Wolves by taking another at home to Leicester.

  The Saints beat Leicester 2-1 when the teams last met in January, and we’re tipping them to capitalise on the vulnerability the Foxes have shown away from their own patch by holding them to a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s Stadium.

  PREDICTION: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

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