Southampton have been the best team in the Championship this season and supporters will be hoping that Leicester City stay away from Nigel Adkins, the man who has steered the Saints from League One to the top of the English second division.
Southampton have been unstoppable at St Mary’s this term, winning all six games including a recent 1-0 win over West Ham which demonstrated that they can roll their sleeves up and get the job done, with Betfred (£50 free bets) offering a generous 10/11 that they beat Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The goals have been flowing for the Saints all term, with 28 scored in 13 games and Rickie Lambert has bagged 11 goals already, with the striker available at 4/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to score the first goal against a Boro side that have been pretty impressive on their travels.
Ultimately, the home team’s 100% record at St Mary’s has to end at some stage and Tony Mowbray’s side boast four wins and a draw from their first six away games of the season, with that solitary defeat coming at Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Perhaps that was an unfortunate time to be going to the City Ground on the basis that Steve Cotterill had just been appointed manager and the visitors are as big as 7/2 to claim victory in this match and draw level with their opponents.
The draw is priced at 13/5 and it is something that Middlesbrough have experienced at the Riverside plenty of times, with Southampton potentially due to falter after losing at Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup during the week.