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Opinion: Southampton must pounce on Vardy-less Leicester City or prepare for another hard season

Opinion: Southampton must pounce on Vardy-less Leicester City or prepare for another hard season

Southampton are still in search of their first three points of the season having drawn their opening game 0-0 against Burnley before losing 2-1 away at Everton.

The Saints now take on Leicester City at St. Mary’s on Saturday in what is a great opportunity for them to claim their first win of the new campaign.

Following his sending off for a bad tackle on Matt Doherty in Leicester’s 2-0 win versus Wolves, Jamie Vardy has been handed a three-match ban and is now set to sit out of his club’s upcoming encounter with Southampton.

Having sold Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City and with Vardy suspended, Leicester will not carry the threat that even the Premier League top six once feared, and Mark Hughes’ men must jump on this current vulnerability.

The Foxes, of course, still have good attacking options including the newly signed James Maddison, who Southampton had also been chasing in the summer before he opted to move to the King Power (via the Guardian).

But Maddison and whoever Claude Puel deploys are not as dangerous as Vardy and Mahrez.

With that in mind and, with home advantage as well, Leicester’s clash with Southampton is a clash that the latter really should be winning — or be getting a point from minimum.

If not, it could be another long season for the club and its supporters.

But with Vardy unavailable and deadline-day signing Danny Ings having performed well in Southampton’s opening Premier League games, Hughes has both the circumstances and tools at his disposal to achieve a positive result.

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