Leicester City vs SouthamptonFA Cup, KO: 18:30 Apr 18, 2021, Wembley
LEICESTER fans are dreaming of watching their heroes lift the FA Cup for the first time but the Foxes face a tricky semi-final with Southampton.
But they haven't put a foot wrong in the FA Cup, seeing off Shrewsbury, holders Arsenal, Wolves and Bournemouth without even conceding a goal. Boss Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hoping Wembley can spark his side back to life and he has the firepower to hurt Leicester in the shape of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Theo Walcott.
The Foxes are still chasing a top-four finish but have wobbled a little in the league, losing their last two games to Manchester City and West Ham.
Brendan Rodgers will be praying there's no repeat of last season, when his side were pipped to a Champions League place on the final day after stumbling as they went down the home straight.
Having an FA Cup Final to look forward to would help them stay focused so Leicester will be desperate to win this one.
How the bookies view it
I'm surprised to see Southampton as big as 33/10 with SBK to win inside 90 minutes, despite their poor form. Anything can happen in a one-off game and they also look decent value at 45/23 with the same firm to qualify.
Recent head to head
Southampton infamously lost 9-0 to Leicester last season (below) but their recent record against the Foxes isn't too bad. The last 10 meetings have produced two Saints wins, four Foxes victories and four draws.
The last three FA Cup clashes have also gone Southampton's way, the most recent a 2-0 triumph in 2008.
Players to watch
Kelechi Iheancho has replaced Jamie Vardy as Leicester's main man up front in 2021 and heads into this semi-final with nine goals in his last six games. The Nigerian is 7/5 with 888Sport for anytime scorer and that looks good value.
Danny Ings has just one goal in his last six games for Southampton but could come to life again on the Wembley stage. He's 9/4 with SportingIndex for a goal and an excellent 10/11 with Paddy Power just to have a right-foot shot on target.
Anything else catch the eye?
Both sides have looked poor at the back in recent games so there should be some goals. Over 2.5 strikes is 19/20 with Bet365 and that's a good option, especially for accas, while BTTS is 6/7 at RedZone.
Saints let me down when I tipped them for a first-half goal at West Brom but have generally been fast starters and the same bet pays 7/5 here at TonyBet.
For a bonkers bet, James Ward-Prowse is 14/1 with SkyBet to score from outside the area and that could be worth a flutter given his prowess from set-pieces.
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