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Perez eyes unprecedented treble of hat-tricks

10 Jan 2020
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Spaniard can become first Premier League player to hit three consecutive hat-tricks against an opponent when Leicester host Southampton

One Leicester City player that Southampton will perhaps be even more wary of than Jamie Vardy this weekend is Ayoze Perez.

Perez has scored a hat-trick in his last two appearances against Saints, for the Foxes and his previous club Newcastle United.

He could now become the first player in Premier League history to score three or more goals in three consecutive matches against the same club when Leicester host Saints on Saturday.

The only other player to come close to this achievement was Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

He netted back-to-back trebles for the Reds against Norwich City but could only score one in his third match.

Suarez did, however, go on to bag another hat-trick against the Canaries. He remains the only player to hit three trebles overall against one team.

If Perez does repeat his personal scoring feat it will also put Leicester on course for a Premier League record.

The most a team have scored against one club across both fixtures of a campaign is 12, achieved by Blackburn Rovers versus Nottingham Forest in 1995/96 and Tottenham Hotspur versus Wigan Athletic 14 seasons later.

Most goals v a team in a season
Team Opp Season Goals
BLB NFO 1995/96 12
TOT WIG 2009/10 12
MUN NFO 1998/99 11
LIV IPS 2001/02 11
ARS EVE 2004/05 11
MUN NEW 2007/08 11
MCI TOT 2013/14 11

But Southampton are a different prospect to the team beaten 9-0 by Leicester in October's reverse fixture.

Since that record defeat, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side have conceded only 13 times in 11 matches, the third-fewest in the league.

So, as they seek revenge, Saints may even target a record of their own.

The biggest goal swing between opponents in the same season is 10, which has occurred twice in Premier League history.

Manchester United went from losing their first match against Ipswich Town 3-2 in the 1994/95 season to winning the reverse fixture 9-0.

In 2009/10, Chelsea lost 3-1 at Wigan Athletic but won 8-0 in the return fixture at Stamford Bridge.

Southampton can beat that mark if they win 2-0 at King Power Stadium.

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