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Southampton will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday night when they host Leicester City at St. Mary's Stadium.
The Saints (4-6-6) are 0-2-1 in their last three Premier League matches and will likely relish a quick turnaround following their 1-1 draw at home against Arsenal over the weekend.
Southampton had the better of play early on and opened the scoring through a Charlie Austin goal just three minutes in, but they faded as the day went on and ultimately surrendered an equaliser to Olivier Giroud on 88 minutes.
Despite being pegged back, manager Mauricio Pellegrino was fairly pleased with his side's performance.
"At the beginning, the feeling is that we have conceded at the end again. ... We played a good game, showed intelligence and we got a point," Pellegrino said.
"I think we competed really well. ... Hopefully, we can continue in this way."
The recent history in the fixture favours Southampton, as they have lost only one of their 11 Premier League home matches against Leicester City.
The Foxes (6-5-5), however, come into the match in fine form, having won a season-high three straight league games after beating Newcastle United 3-2 at St. James' Park on Saturday.
Newcastle had the better of the early play thanks to an opening goal from Joselu. The clubs traded goals deep into the game, but it was an Ayoze Perez own goal on 86 minutes that handed Leicester City all three points.
Riyad Mahrez scored in the 20th minute for the Foxes, and has two goals in his last three league matches. Mahrez has been directly involved in eight goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season. He has four and four assists this campaign, just one fewer than in 36 games last season (six goals, three assists).
Leicester manager Claude Puel praised his team's resolve on the day.
"It was a fantastic character from my team," he said. "It was a difficult atmosphere, we knew this. Also, they were leading, but to win in the end is a fantastic feeling.
"It is not our best game but this positive attitude was fantastic."
With the festive period quickly approaching, the Foxes got some good news on the injury front as both defender Robert Huth and midfielder Matty James have returned to training.
Updated December 11, 2017