Leicester Vs Southampton Betting Tip: BTTS & Over 2.5 – 18 April 2021

Iheanacho & Ings can ensure goals at Wembley

Kelechi Iheanacho / Leicester City ©IMAGO / Uk Sports Pics Ltd 04/11/2021

England Leicester City Vs Southampton England

Sunday 18th April 2021 – 18:30 (BT Sport)
English FA Cup
Pick: Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: 11/10
Bookmaker: Betfair (Same Game Multi)
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 16th April 2021)

Preview: The second FA Cup semi-final is another all-Premier League affair, as Leicester City do battle with Southampton at Wembley for a place in next month’s final against one of either Chelsea or Manchester City.

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Leicester – Iheanacho Foxes’ main man?

The Foxes are averaging close to four goals a game in the FA Cup this season, notching three against Brentford and Manchester United, while Stoke were hit for four at the Brittania. Graham Potter’s Brighton the only opponent so far to rein in Brendan Rodgers’ men: a 1-0 win at King Power Stadium in the Fifth Round, courtesy of a last-gasp Kelechi Iheanacho winner, ultimately sending Leicester through.

With Sunday’s opponents shipping three as recently as last Monday, in a 3-0 loss at Premier League strugglers West Brom, there remains every likelihood Brendan Rodgers’ side can run riot once more. Particularly with striker Iheanacho in arguably the finest spell of his career. The Nigerian has 14 goals for the season, equalling his best ever tally for a single campaign, and netted in both previous rounds.

Uncertainty persists regarding the availability of several other Leicester players, however, with James Maddison and Ayoze Perez reprimanded for breaching club protocols. The pair both sat out last week’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham as the Foxes fell to a second successive defeat, after going down meekly at home to Man City earlier in the month. Now, attentions turn sharply to reaching a first FA Cup final since 1969.

 

Kelechi Iheanacho First Goalscorer
9/2

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Southampton – Saints seeking FA Cup redemption?

The second half to this season has been hugely underwhelming from a Southampton perspective, culminating in last Monday’s atrocious display in the 3-0 loss at The Hawthorns to a West Brom side seemingly destined for relegation. Since the turn of the year, the Saints have won only seven of nineteen matches (D1 L11) – four of these coming in the FA Cup, which could yet provide them with salvation.

It seems odd to highlight the next statistic having just seen them concede three to a team currently second from bottom in England top division, but the Saints are actually looking to preserve a flawless defensive record on Sunday. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men having negotiated all four prior rounds – versus Shrewsbury, Arsenal, Wolves and Bournemouth – without so much as conceding a single goal.

When we take the FA Cup out of the equation though, Southampton have shipped two or more goals in six of their last eight matches (W1 L7). All of a sudden then, the prospects of a fifth successive clean sheet in this competition – which is generously priced at 7/2 with PaddyPower – seem bleak in the club’s efforts to reach a first final in the FA Cup since losing narrowly at Wembley to Arsenal in 2003.

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Leicester Vs Southampton Betting Advice

The ideal bet which instantly comes to mind is Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals. But also Over 3.5 Goals. Leicester, who have breached three or more goals all on their own in three of the previous four rounds, have now kept one clean sheet – that coming against a Sheffield United team bottom of the Premier League – in nine competitive matches, but scored at least twice in four of the last five.

 

Leicester City Vs Southampton – Key Facts:

  • Neither of these teams has secured back-to-back victories in any of their previous fourteen meetings, with Leicester 2-0 winners at home in the most recent.
  • Leicester overcame Brentford, Brighton, Man Utd and Stoke in making it this far, whereas Southampton beat Arsenal, Bournemouth, Shrewsbury and Wolves.
  • Leicester have both scored and conceded in six of their last nine matches. Southampton did the same in three of their last five.

 

As for Southampton, who are still to concede in this season’s competition, they arrive at Wembley fresh from a 3-0 loss at West Brom that made it two or more goals conceded in four of their past five games. They found the net on at least two occasions themselves in three of these encounters, while in Danny Ings they boast one of the country’s hottest forwards with 35 goals from 68 club appearances since the start of last season.

Best Betting Odds – Leicester City Vs Southampton

Leicester City – 10/11 (Betfair)
Draw – 27/10 (Unibet)
Southampton – 3/1 (PaddyPower)