Improving Saints will pose tougher test this time – Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho has warned Leicester not to expect another Southampton stroll.

The Foxes equalled the Premier League record with a stunning 9-0 win at St Mary’s in October.

Southampton visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday having won six of their last nine games in all competitions and climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Jamie Vardy, left, and Ayoze Perez celebrate during Leicester's 9-0 win over Southampton in October
Jamie Vardy, left, and Ayoze Perez both scored hat-tricks against Southampton (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“It’s football – anything can happen – but I think they’re going to come at us strongly this time,” said Iheanacho.

“So we’ve just got to focus on our jobs and the things we’ve got to do and make sure we get the three points.

“Obviously we have to look at that side of it as well. We really showed our quality at their home, but I think it will be a tough game as well.

“So we need to focus on getting the three points. They’ve had some impressive results since then and we’re expecting a strong game at the weekend, so we’re looking forward to that.”

Kelechi Iheanacho, centre, scores for Leicester against Aston Villa
Kelechi Iheanacho, centre, scores for Leicester against Aston Villa (Nick Potts/PA)

Iheanacho scored Leicester’s goal in their 1-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg draw with Aston Villa on Wednesday.

He has netted six goals in eight games this season having scored just twice in 36 outings last term.

“I think obviously I played last season, but I’ve been working hard like all of the boys have,” he said.

“This season has been good for everyone – myself, my team-mates and the staff – everyone has really helped me so we’re happy with this season.

“I’ve really been working hard and hopefully there’s more of this to come.”

Orjan Nyland had denied Jamie Vardy and James Maddison before Iheanacho levelled Frederic Guilbert’s first-half opener.

The goalkeeper is playing after Tom Heaton’s season-ending knee injury.

Villa have been linked with a move for former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, currently at AC Milan, but Nyland knows he must deal with more competition.

“When you’ve got two keepers injured (Heaton and Jed Steer), that’s always going to be a talking point really,” he said.

Orjan Nyland, right, saves from Jamie Vardy, centre
Orjan Nyland, right, saves from Jamie Vardy, centre (Nick Potts/PA)

“The only thing I can do is be in charge of my performance and do the best I can and then whatever happens, happens.

“So I’ve just got to keep delivering good performances and that’s all I can do. I’ve worked hard over the last few months to be ready when the chance came.

“Now it’s come I’ve just got to keep on doing what I’m doing then help the team as best I can.”

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