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DATE: 24.04.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - FILBERTWAY

 

 

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 real chance.

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.

Ivar Tisthammer sitt bilde.
Jamie Vardy with "the player of the year award",
together with Scandinavian fans, photo: filbertway.com

 
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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.
 
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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.

Positves
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

Negatives
No really big chances for Leicester during the game
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
Result: 0-0
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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