Everyone expected a difficult game with
desperate Southampton visiting King Power. The surprise was really the
line-up but all in all a game that Leicester controlled for 90 minutes
Not many big chances in the game but the way Leicester defended really
showed promise. The passes from the back was more quality with Dragovic
and Albrighton replacing Morgan and Simpson, and the two replacements
looked comfortable alongside Maguire and Chilwell.
For Scandinavian fans this was a new and fantastic evening, despite a
0-0 result. Player of the year award winner this year was Jamie Vardy
and it was a delight to meet the proven goalscorer and Leicester legend.
He has not stopped scoring Vardy, but against Southampton he never got a
This was the 27th 0-0 draw in the Premier League this season.
Southampton have been involved in five of these draws, more than any
other team in the Premier League. A few soft attempts in the first half
from Leicester were saved by the Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Jamie Vardy with "the player of the year award",
together with Scandinavian fans, photo: filbertway.com
Leicester came out in second half with a mission, to score that vital
goal that could give the three points, but Southampton managed to stop
all attempts. There were really no be threats and most of the game was
battled out in midfield.
Wilfred Ndidi was again on his toes, back from his suspension and his
tackling is better than any other player in the Premier League, making
six new great winning tackles also in this game. He was partnered by
Silva, who again had a struggle to get things right.
Mahrez had a silent day as well and well done to Southampton in the way
they stopped Leicester's magic man. The second half was a dull affair
with new soft attempts from Leicester not really full chances but the
advantage was there to see.
Puel made a few changes to his line-up from previous games and
especially Iheanacho never really took his chance. Demarai Gray was
another of the new heads that never managed to get into the game in the
way we all know he can. Albrighton and Dragovic made good appearances.
We could see that Iborra was missing and the creativity in the centre of
midfield was never really there. Ndidi and Silva are good player
defensively, but going forward they were not able ot open the Saints
defence with that blistering creative pass.
Ben Hamer had a quiet evening and kept a clean sheet. Hamer made one
crucial save blocking a shot early in the game and shows that he is a
goalkeeper with Premier League skills. Leicester will go to Crystal
Palace for their next game. 44 points is picked up so far, and is still
in 8th position.
Keeping a clean sheet
Ben Hamer with crucial save
Harvey Barnes making his Premier League debut
Dragovic and Albrighton looked comfortable and took their chance
Picking up a point and playing with possession
Jamie Vardy captaining Leicester for the first time in Premier League
No really big chances for Leicester during the
Not able to use the possession and scoring goals
Gray and Iheanacho not taking their oppertunity
Player Ratings - Leicester
Hamer 7, Albrighton 7, Chilwell 6, Maguire
6, Dragovic 6, Silva 5, Ndidi 6, Gray 4, Mahrez 5, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 4,
Subs: Choudhury, Diabate, Barnes
Match Facts, h/a
Goalscorers, Leicester: -
Possession: 54 % / 46 %
Corners: 11 / 3
Shots on target: 3 / 2
Shots wide: 2 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offsides: 3 / 2
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