Ahead of this weekend's Premier League match against Leicester, Saints fan Conor Smith, 24, places himself In the Dugout.

How long have you been a Saints fan? Do you get to many games? 

I've been a Saints fan since around the age of 14.

I'm brave enough to admit that before I saw the light I was a Liverpool fan.

However, that is mainly down to my first real football memory being the 2005 Champions League final. But my family managed to turn my life back around and back on track.

Despite living within eyeshot of the stadium, I attend a lot of games across the south coast, not just Southampton, as part of my hobby as a match reporter for independant sites.

But when I am free, I will get down there, such as the replay v Derby and the home match against Crystal Palace.

What are your pre-match thoughts ahead of the Leicester match?

It's going to be a tough game, Leicester are a team whereby you aren't sure which side will turn up.

We know what to expect in terms of style after our time under Claude Puel. Jamie Vardy is fit and always dangerous.

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Leicester's Jamie Vardy

Our biggest worry is our own availability with Manolo Gabbiadini now gone, Danny Ings injured, Michael Obafemi sidelined and strike due Charlie Austin and Shane Long misfiring.

We'll be relying heavily on the form of Nathan Redmond to get us anything from this one.

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Nathan Redmond

He's been sensational recently, him and Stuart Armstrong have flourished under Ralph Hassenhuttl so far.

What would be your team for the game?

Personally, I have reservations about Alex McCarthy, so I would stick with Angus Gunn in goal and with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg  being suspended, you'd like to think James Ward-Prowse keeps his place.

But with the injuries and suspensions we have, I think the team almost picks itself

Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestegaard, Targett; Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Long.

Who is it a big game for and why?Daily Echo:

Shane Long

Austin and Long absolutely have to give us something this week as they were almost absent against Derby and you'd think an incoming forward is imminent, so they're playing for their futures now.

The pressure is also on Matt Targett and Jack Stephens for differing reasons.

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Matt Targett

Targett knows Ryan Bertrand is nearing a return and Stephens will directly replace Maya Yoshida and will have to live up to that phenomenal performance in the 0-0 with Chelsea.

Why do you think Claude Puel always gets a result against Saints?

Sometimes in football it's just the way it goes isn't it?

You can say it is down to his inside knowledge, or a mental block on our side. But there has been a lot of changes since he left now.

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Former Saints boss Claude Puel

I think ultimately it boils down to the fact Leicester have a bit more quality than we do, and the better side more often than not, wins the match.

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