Belfast Telegraph

James: We can learn from Saints

Matty James insists Leicester should use Southampton for inspiration in their own Barclays Premier League campaign.

The Foxes go to St Mary's on Saturday winless in their last five games since they beat Manchester United 5-3 in September.

They have fallen into the relegation zone as a result while Southampton continue their magical season.

They are second, four points behind Chelsea under Ronald Koeman, and James believes the newly promoted Foxes can use them as a blueprint.

"We've got to aspire to do what they've done," he told Foxes Player.

"They did lose a few players in the summer but it doesn't seem to have affected them at all. It's a great set-up down there and hopefully in a couple of seasons we can be as established as them."

"I think each game is a winnable game in this league if you apply yourselves right. We know it's going to be a tough game and difficult when you go to their place.

"They're absolutely flying at the minute, but we'll assess their strengths and weaknesses and try to put a plan together for the game. We'll see what we can do.

"They're a very free flowing, passing side. We know they are a good and strong team with a good work ethic too. They score goals but hopefully we'll be able to stop them and get the win."

Leonardo Ulloa is set for a recall after he started on the bench in last week's 1-0 defeat to West Brom as he nursed a minor groin injury.

Leicester have not netted in their last three games and the five-goal top scorer has not scored since his double against United.

But boss Nigel Pearson is pleased he is almost up to full strength with just Matt Upson out with a foot injury.

"We've got options - a relatively fit squad - we don't have too many problems in terms of injuries. Matt Upson is training with the first team now which is positive for us and one or two that we have to monitor from time to time, but we'll manage those situations," he told the club.

"We have some players that are knocking on the door and that's healthy. The most important thing is not how individuals fare in terms of selection, it's about us getting enough results as a team and that's always the priority for us."


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