Sky think it’s Schmeichel’s 401st game for Leicester, but the Foxes count the Community Shield as a friendly so 400 is the right number.
I’m not sure how any fans have snuck into the King Power Stadium to put up a sign to mark Kasper Schmeichel’s 400th appearance for Leicester, and if they haven’t who is responsible for it, but the main thing is that it will be his 400th appearance for Leicester.
Leicester make two changes to the team that beat Stoke last week, with Vardy and Maddison coming back and Perez and Praet stepping down.
Southampton make three changes, with Ings coronavirused, Djenepo injured and Forster dropping to the bench to allow McCarthy, Smallbone and Adams to return.
The team sheets are in, and tonight’s selections look like this:
Leicester: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton, Barnes, Maddison, Vardy. Subs: Soyuncu, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Under, Ricardo Pereira, Mendy, Thomas.
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Smallbone, Adams, Walcott. Subs: Long, Valery, Vokins, N’Lundulu, Forster, Chauke, Ferry, Tchaptchet, Watts.
Referee: Stuart Attwell.
That Leicester are in the top four at the moment can’t be considered an enormous surprise, given their long-term improvement under Brendan Rodgers. That Southampton will end the day there instead if they win this game by more than one goal verges on the astonishing. They’ll be hampered by the absence (probably) of Danny Ings, who scored the winner here last season, after a positive Covid test, while Jamie Vardy and James Maddison will be back for Leicester after missing the FA Cup win over Stoke. Anyway, hello!