If you’d been told at the start of the season that one of these teams would head the Championship after four games, your money might have been on pre-campaign favourites Leicester, although the Foxes have had a laboured start.
After winning at Coventry, home defeats to Reading and Bristol City have followed, with Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team throwing away a two-goal lead in the east Midlands derby at Forest to draw 2-2 last weekend. They can be backed at an eye-catching 7/5 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to beat a Saints team that are on fire at the moment.
Southampton are clearly carrying some momentum from being promoted from League One last term, with Nigel Adkins’ team having beaten Leeds, Barnsley, Ipswich and Millwall to make it a 100% start and many people will be getting stuck into the 21/10 (William Hill – £25 free betting) that the Hampshire club continue their winning ways.
Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana will be confident of finding a way past a defence that has conceded five goals in two home matches to date, with Kasper Schmeichel suspended following his red card at the City Ground. Leicester continue to search for a striker and might have to give up on Nicky Maynard, with David Nugent (6/1 Paddy Power) once again leading the line.