Foxes Can Book FA Cup Final Spot

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Leicester and Southampton meet in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is fit and ready to fire against Liverpool on Saturday

Leicester City are hoping to take a step closer to lifting the FA Cup for the first time in their history as they prepare to face Southampton in the semi-finals on Sunday.

With Chelsea already through to the final on May 15 after victory over Manchester City, the Foxes look like they have the quality to overcome the Saints and face the Blues next month.

Foxes to Turn Around Poor Form

Manager Brendan Rodgers would have liked his side to have come into this semi-final at Wembley with winning form, but they go into the encounter after back-to-back league defeats.

Man City and West Ham United have both beaten the Foxes this month, although Southampton provide ideal opponents for a chance to stop the rot.

Leicester look set to be boosted by the returns of James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury, who were left out of the defeat by the Hammers after they breached coronavirus restrictions.

The Foxes are available at 10/11 to pick up the win in the 90 minutes on Sunday, but Southampton are likely to have their moments in the encounter.

Saints Must Find Confidence After Baggies Battering

A 3-0 hammering at the hands of West Brom was hardly the ideal preparation for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and his side going into Sunday’s semi-final.

The south coast outfit were well beaten by Sam Allardyce’s men at The Hawthorns and must now try to brush off the result before taking on the Foxes.

Southampton can look to their recent scoring record for confidence, having scored six goals in their last three games.

With the likes of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Theo Walcott in their attacking ranks, they should be able to cause the Leicester defence problems.

Leicester to win and both teams to find the back of the net is on offer at 51/20, for a match that could be pretty open at the national stadium.

Foxes Can Look At Past Success

Leicester have a good record against Southampton, only losing to the Saints twice in their last eight meetings in all competitions.

It was the Foxes who only last season inflicted a 9-0 thrashing of Southampton, in a result that still haunts manager Hasenhuttl and his team.

There could well be plenty of goals this weekend but a much more even contest is expected in this last-four showdown.

It was Maddison who scored the opener last time these two sides met in January, and the England international is 11/2 to score the first goal at Wembley.

If Leicester do make a fast start and find that early goal, then it could be a long afternoon for a Southampton side that have seen their season fall flat after what was such a positive start.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Alex has worked as a sports journalist for a decade and is a regular content provider and tipster on the likes of football, both codes of rugby and NFL.

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