Leicester City vs Southampton Prediction, 1/16/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Leicester City vs Southampton
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: King Power Stadium in Leicester, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Leicester City (-104) Southampton (+283)
King Power Stadium is the site where James Maddison and Leicester City (10-2-5, 4th in the EPL) will play Southampton (8-5-4, 7th in the EPL) on Saturday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City and Alex McCarthy for Southampton. Southampton are at at +283 while the Foxes are at -104. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Leicester City played Newcastle United in their most recent game and went home with a win by a final score of 2-1. Leicester City attempted 15 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 7 of the attempts for a rate of 46.7%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 83.3% received passes percentage by completing 418 out of their 502 targeted passes last contest. In regard to shooting accuracy, Leicester City ended this match at a 58.3% rate by putting 7 shots on target out of 12 total shots. Leicester City averages 1.65 goals per 90 (28 goals in total) and are sitting with 17 assists in all matches this season.
James Maddison is a player who can be a difference maker for Leicester City. Maddison has been given a starting assignment in 142 matches so far in his career and he tallies 0.28 G/90. The midfielder born in England has racked up 39 goals scored in 12,753 mins played. He has 27 assists while earning 23 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. One more player who could decide who wins is Jamie Vardy, the forward hailing from England. Vardy has been on the field for 25,853 mins during 297 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 37 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 53 times so far in his pro soccer career and he has scored 165 total goals. He scores 0.57 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Leicester City will be Kasper Schmeichel. Schmeichel (235-133-148 record in his career) has recorded 176 clean sheets, which has earned him a 34.2% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper from Denmark has had 2,074 shots sent his way in 514 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.13 (580 goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .729. Schmeichel has been on the field for a total of 46,274 mins and has 1,511 stops during his soccer career.
For their last game, Southampton got the victory with a final of 1-0 against Liverpool. Southampton earned a 61.1% successful dribble rate by converting 11 out of the 18 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this contest by completing 238 of the 337 passing tries for a percentage of 70.6%. Southampton converted 2 shots attempted out of 7 shots attempted which had them at a 28.6% rate when they last took the field. With a total of 26 goals and 18 assists in all their contests, Southampton averages 1.53 goals and 1.06 assists per 90.
James Ward-Prowse will need to provide a lift for Southampton. The midfielder hailing from England has totaled 15,625 professional minutes while scoring 26 goals. He has accumulated 31 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 26 times. He is currently averaging 0.15 G/90 and has been a starter in 168 contests in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Che Adams, the forward who is from England. Adams has been given 16 yellow cards in 13,469 professional minutes played (149 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.35. He has accumulated 53 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 17 times.
Alex McCarthy will be looking after the net for Southampton. McCarthy has racked up 58 clean sheets and has defended 1,099 shots attempted against him in 20,990 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save % of .711 and his clean sheet rate is 24.9%. He has allowed 1.39 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 80-68-86. So far in his career, McCarthy has given up 324 goals while tallying 784 stops in 233 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Leicester City (-104)
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