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Mauricio Pellegrino bemoans "awful" Southampton display

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Stacy Diaz | 16 December, 2017, 22:27

But, the Frenchman made a surprise return to the Premier League dugout in October, replacing the axed Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City. They will have different situations but it is a good opportunity for us because also we maybe have more space than normal'.

Leicester boss Claude Puel returns to St Mary's Stadium on the back of three straight wins and I think they will end up in seventh place at the end of the season, which shows what a good team they are.

Explaining recently he still wasn't entirely sure why Southampton ended his contract, Puel has always refuted claims from fans he played boring football, and L'Equipe explain the "revenge will have been all the sweeter" due to the manner in which his team tore Mauricio Pellegrino's side apart.

'We have to be focused - don't leave him to receive too much where he can be really unsafe'.

'We don't usually do something special when we play against important players, ' Pellegrino said. We have a good squad with a fantastic spirit.

Speaking before that impressive result at St Mary's Stadium, Lawrenson predicted that Leicester will be the best of the rest come May.

Saints may only have one win from their last seven matches but their performances of late have significantly improved, with free-scoring Charlie Austin shining.

"We start a busy period with all these games so it will be important for players to be fresh every time that we play".

It was the first time they scored four on the road in the Premier League since a 4-4 draw at Tottenham 13 years ago.

Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in eight goals in 16 league appearances this season, with four goals and four assists, just one fewer than in 36 games last season.

"I think it will be a odd feeling of course".

Probability of away win: 25%.