U18 Preview: Leicester vs Saints

By SFC Media Sat 06 Apr Leicester v Saints
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The lowdown on the young Saints latest Under-18s Premier League challengers, Leicester City...

THE MATCH

Leicester City U18 vs Southampton U18
Under-18s Premier League
Belvoir Drive Training Ground
Saturday 6th April, 12pm BST

Southampton Under-18s embark upon their final three league fixtures over the coming weeks, starting with a trip to Leicester City on Saturday morning.

It's been a productive second half of the season for Paul Hardyman's side, prompting a steady rise up the table, where they currently reside fourth in the standings.

West Ham are hot on their heels, though, a mere point behind, meaning Saints can't afford any slip-ups between now and the end of April if they're to retain hopes of a top four finish.

Last week's 2-0 triumph over Reading was pleasing enough for Under-18s boss Hardyman, but ever the task master, he knows his young side are capable of more.

Leicester, comparatively, fell to a 4-1 loss away to West Ham in their latest outing, but they were 1-0 victors over Saints in the reverse fixture at Staplewood Campus back in October of last year.

COACH'S THOUGHTS: Paul Hardyman

"We want to build on last week's result against Reading," he began. "We've been working especially hard on how we make good use of the ball and our possessional play.

"I'd still like to see us defend better as a team, so that continues to be a focus. 

"There's a lot of lads involved in Under-23s football now, which is great and it's giving the younger ones a chance.

"What's important now is we close out the season strongly, and begin preparing for next year. The younger lads are getting good game time now, and that bodes well for the future." 

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