Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane played a brilliant game against LiverpoolGetty

Leicester City host Southampton in the Premier League on 3 April as the Foxes look to open up a seven point lead at the top of the table. On Saturday, Leicester City saw their nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur drop points against Liverpool despite Arsenal and Manchester City closing the gap with 4-0 wins over Watford and Bournemouth, respectively.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 1.30pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Overview

A win for Leicester will all but seal the title for the Foxes who have shown no sign of relenting since the turn of the year. They currently have a four-point advantage at the top, but a win here will extend it to seven, a massive advantage with only six games remaining in the season. However, a loss or a draw could spell trouble for the Foxes, who are in uncharted territory at the moment and could have nerves kicking in with the final run-in still left in the season.

Their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the previous game showed that they have the mentality to be Champions. Digging in at the end to keep Alan Pardew's men from scoring and taking another three crucial points in the race for the title. Jamie Vardy has been in great form coming into the fixture, scoring twice for England in the international break, with the first leading to a historic win over World Champions Germany.

Meanwhile, Southampton will be chuffed coming into the fixture, having managed to overturn a two goal deficit against Liverpool in the last game before the international break. Sadio Mane scored a brace in the second half to take all three points as the Saints closed in on a place in the Europa League at the expense of the Reds.

A win here for the Saints will take them level on points with Manchester United and within four points of a top four spot, something that would have been unimaginable given the run they were in before the turn of the year. They have taken points off Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool and will be confident that they can spoil the party for the league leaders.

What managers say

Claudio Ranieri: "There isn't pressure - why pressure? The pressure was at the beginning when we had to be safe. After this we are enjoying. We are on a good run. We know everybody wants to beat us. We know everything is in our hands and we want to continue. Maybe now we have five points, maybe it will be three, two or one. It's not important. It's important to go out on the pitch and make a fantastic performance. It's difficult to say which is the key. There are so many keys because it's an extraordinary season with some exceptional things. We don't know what is the true key."

Ronald Koeman: "It's a little bit strange, because last season they play against relegation and now they are playing for winning the title and that's football. It's amazing what they did until so far and all the credits to Leicester. I've been very impressed. Of course, maybe in the beginning everybody was surprised because big teams were a little bit more struggling than usually, but they keep going and still they are the first on the table and very deserved, because they win, they are strong. Of course, they don't play European football, they don't have really big injuries and that makes it more easy for them, but again all the credits to them that they are still fighting to win the title. It's an amazing achievement for Leicester."

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Leicester City win: 5/4
  • Draw: 9/4
  • Southampton win: 13/5

Team news

Leicester City

Possible XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki.

Southampton

Possible XI: Forster; Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Cedric; Wanyama, Clasie, Davis; Tadic, Pelle, Mane.