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Leicester fail to break down Saints’ resistance

Leicester City 1:2 Southampton

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City were unable to convert possession into goals on Saturday, allowing ten-man Southampton to leave the King Power with three points.

Claude Puel made eight changes to the side that lost at Newport, with three defensive midfielders against struggling Southampton, and the recalled Harvey Barnes starting on the bench.
City got off to a tentative start, and after Southampton had threatened a couple of times they took a 10th minute lead. Long had his back to goal on the edge of the area when Mendy put in a clumsy and needless challenge that bundled him over.
Ward-Prowse’s spot-kick had the pace to beat Schmeichel despite the City keeper guessing right.
With a precious lead Southampton were content to defend, but City were ponderous going forward with many passes going astray.
Saints always looked capable of a dangerous break and Maddision picked up a yellow card in the 20th minute for hauling back Redmond.
As the visitors attacked down the right Valery then went over in the area, for an obvious dive. Referee Michael Oliver took no action, leaving Maguire and Chilwell outraged.
City were really struggling to put anything meaningful together and on the few occasions Southampton went forward they looked more threatening, Schmeichel having to save from a Stephens header.
City’s first chance came in the 33rd minute when Chilwell crossed for Maguire who headed wide.
Moments later Chilwell was floored by a studs up challenge from Valery, and reacted angrily, with both players being booked.
City went close to an equaliser in the 35th minute when Morgan hit a shot from close in, but Bednarek managed to block it on the line.
As City chased the game up to the break Maguire sent a header off target and  Choudhury had a shot blocked.
Southampton were then reduced to ten men in time-added-on as Valery, who seemed determined to get sent off, fouled Albrighton twice in three seconds and was duly shown a red card.

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But there was a sting in the tail of this half. A poor Ricardo header and stumble from Mendy allowed Long in down the left channel and his attempted curler across the keeper was helped into the net by Schmeichel’s touch.
Boos rang around the ground at the half time whistle.

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Claude Puel made two changes for the second half with Barnes and Gray replacing Mendy and Albrighton. But Southampton, a man down and with a two goal lead, had abandoned all attacking intentions and formed a tortoise shell around the penalty area.
It was like a defence v attack training game.
A long range Maguire shot deflected off Barnes but McCarthy adjusted well to make the save. Maddison was the next to attempt a shot from distance but it didn’t test McCarthy.
Maddison then sent a free-kick from a good position into the wall before skying the rebound over the bar.
The breakthrough finally came in the 58th minute when Ricardo got in behind the defence down the right, and cut back for Ndidi who improvised a finish with his thigh at an awkward height.

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Three minutes later Vardy went over in the area, though replays showed this to be a blatant dive and he was lucky to escape a yellow card.
City went forward relentlessly, either through Gray and Ricardo combining down the right, or Chilwell and Barnes down the left, but no one could produce a killer cross and  Vestergaard must have been punch drunk with all the clearing headers he produced.
For all the pressure, Southampton’s goal was hardly under siege.
With 14 minutes remaining Puel made his final change, Ghezzal on for Choudhury, but still City didn’t look capable of breaking the stubborn resistance.
Maddison and Ndidi both sent long range efforts flying over the bar, while Barnes had a volley blocked.
Morgan and Maguire moved forward, and then Schmeichel came up for the corners, but even an eleven man attack couldn’t get past Southampton’s ten men and the final whistle heralded another home defeat by a struggling side.
There was loud booing from a hugely frustrated home crowd.

Claude Puel commented: “I think the fans are disappointed like us. It is normal. 
Other things are not my concern, only to keep my concentration and focus on the team, and to have the right reaction in the next game.”

Before the game, there was the extraordinary sight of a lady supporter having an A4 size ‘PUEL OUT’ message confiscated by a steward. If this policy is to be enforced the stewards may find themselves very busy in the coming weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Ghezzal 76), Mendy (Barnes 45), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 45), Vardy, Maddison.
Substitutes: Simpson, Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Redmond (Gallagher 90), Armstrong (Cédric Soares 57), Long (Slattery 76).
Substitutes: Elyounoussi, Gunn, Sims, Ramsay.

Referee: 
Michael Oliver. Attendance: 31,491.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester edge Saints out of the Carabao Cup

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton 
(Leicester 6:5 Southampton on penalties)

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After a 90 minute stalemate, a Danny Ward penalty save in the shoot-out saw City into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Claude Puel made nine changes to his side for this fourth round tie, though it was still a strong looking side with Vardy starting; while Mark Hughes made five changes, employing a back five.
City had a decent start with an early corner and a close offside call for a Vardy, but the game soon settled into deadlock with both sides cancelling each other out.
Söyüncü was an impressive presence at the back, though Ward wouldn’t have thanked him for a couple of fizzing back-passes. Gray went on some decent runs, but City couldn’t find a telling pass. Obafemi, with number 61 on his back, was a threat for the Saints when they broke forward.
The first shot on target came after 20 minutes, but it was a tame effort from Silva and Gunn gathered easily. A minute later Ward saved well from Obafemi after the Saints hit on the counter.
Vestergaard headed onto the roof of the net from a corner and Ndidi fired a shot well over, and it was uninspired stuff for the fans who had left their firesides on a chilly night.
Southampton applied some pressure late in the half, but could have gone a goal behind seconds before the whistle. As Vardy attempted to play Diabate in,  Vestergaard intercepted the ball, which then went narrowly wide of the post.
But a 0-0 scoreline at half-time reflected the game.

The second half continued in much the same vein, with City sending passes astray as frustration grew.
Claude Puel made his first changes on the hour bringing Okazaki and Mendy on for Gray and Silva. Things didn’t immediately improve and Saints should have gone ahead in the 64th minute. Redmond strode forward, and rounded Söyüncü and fired a shot against the underside of the bar. Obafemi had an open goal with Ward grounded but somehow managed to miss the target.
Ward then got down well to a Hojbjerg shot as the visitors kept knocking at the door.
Diabate had a couple of shots, one was blocked by Stephens and another deflected into the keeper’s arms.
Okazaki had a shot on the turn that was straight at Gunn, before Puel brought Albrighton on for Diabate with 12 minutes remaining.
Gray capped a good run with a shot that went narrowly wide, but the game seemed to be heading lamely towards penalties, until some late excitement thanks to VAR.
In the 82nd minute Davis netted what would surely have been the winner and the Saints players went over to celebrate with their fans. But the screens flashed up that VAR was in operation and there was a tense wait before it came to the conclusion that Redmond had handled in the build up to the goal.
With the home crowd chanting “VAR VAR VAR” City had fresh impetus and went on the attack. There were shouts for a penalty when it appeared that Evans had been shoved over in the area, but after another wait a goal kick was awarded.
VAR was then booed.
Six minutes of injury (and VAR) time was added and Saints almost won it at the death but Ward managed to tip Gabbiadini’s free kick onto the bar at full stretch.
So penalties it was…

Davis put Saints ahead, Fuchs levelled, and then Hojbjerg sent Ward the wrong way for 2-1. Albrighton crashed his down the middle and then Redmond also sent Ward the wrong way. Söyüncü halted during his run up, but stuck it away coolly for 3-3.
Ward got something on Vestergaard’s effort but couldn’t keep it out, before Gray levelled at 4-4. Cedric fired his high into the net, before Vardy blasted home for 5-5 and a perfect 10.
Just when we were thinking it could be a long night, Ward saved the first sudden-death penalty from Gabbiadini…
Mendy stepped up for the next one and drilled it home, sending City in a quarter-final showdown with Manchester City.

It hadn’t been a great performance from City, but a much-changed side had progressed in the cup against a Premier League side, and that would do.

Leicester: Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Evans, Fuchs, Diabaté, Albrighton 78), Silva (Mendy 61), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Okazaki 61), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ricardo, Jakupovic, Leshabela.
Southampton: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery, Højbjerg, Lemina,
Armstrong (Davis 73), Targett (Cédric Soares 61), Redmond, Obafemi (Gabbiadini 89).
Substitutes: McCarthy, Hoedt, Austin, Ward-Prowse.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 22,150.

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Late Maguire strike sinks Saints

Southampton 1:2 Leicester City

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City came from behind to snatch a victory against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday, with Harry Maguire popping up with a winner in time-added-on…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side with Morgan, Amartey and Iheanacho in for Evans, Albrighton and the suspended Vardy.
This line-up got off to an uninspired start with Southampton dictating the play, without ever really threatening Schmeichel’s goal.
City’s first chance came after quarter of an hour when Maddison swung a free-kick into the area, but Ndidi sent his header well over the bar.
Ricardo then made good progress into the area, but his cut-back to Maddison was intercepted.
In the 20th minute Elyounoussi cut in from the left and his low shot from inside the area forced Schmeichel to get down smartly to to parry.
Maddison threatened to break clear, but Hojbjerg brought him down, earning a yellow card.
After a half of few chances, both sides went close just before the break.
A good break from City led to a Chilwell cross that saw Iheanacho arriving a split-second too late to touch it into the net, while Ings low shot on the turn saw Schmeichel at full stretch to tip it round the post.

Schmeichel made another save from Ings early in the second half, but City soon went a goal down in the 52nd minute. A loose roll rolled across the area, and was met with a thumping shot from Bertrand that flew into the roof of the net.

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But this seemed to spark City into life and they were level just four minutes later. Iheanacho chipped a cross in from the right, Cedric met it at the far post with a weak header and Gray nipped in, took a touch and then steered the ball past McCarthy for a fine finish.

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City went close soon after this when Ndidi sent over a cross that McCarthy didn’t deal with, but Iheanacho was crowded out as he latched on to the loose ball.
Puel made his first change in the 67th minute with Albrighton replacing Iheanacho, leaving City looking even lighter up front.
The home side were reduced to ten men in the 77th minute when Hojbjerg took a theatrical tumble in the box, with no contact from Amartey. Jon Moss showed the diving Dane his second yellow card.
Puel then brought Ghezzal on for Maddison and City were pressing forward in search of a winner.
Chilwell broke into the area, but couldn’t beat McCarthy from a tight angle, and then Amartey hit a shot straight at the Saints keeper.
Okazaki came on for Gray with a couple of minutes left, but as the clock went past 90 it seemed that the game would end all-square.
But in the second minute of added time Maguire cut in purposefully from the left and launched a low 30 yarder that passed through the legs of both Romeu and Vestergaard – like human croquet – before beating an unsighted McCarthy.
The large City following behind the goal went nuts, Maguire was booked for taking his shirt off, and the home support headed en masse for the exits.

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It hadn’t been a great performance for City, but it was a very welcome three points, that saw them sitting pretty in 7th place.

Claude Puel who had invaded the pitch when Maguire scored his winner, commented: “We showed our character and personality. When they scored, we came back with a desire to get back into the game. We were losing away from home, against a good team, but we showed great quality to come back into the game without panicking and remaining calm to win this game.”

Saints: McCarthy, Cedric, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Elyounoussi (Romeu 79), Lemina, Højbjerg, Redmond, Long (Armstrong 86), Ings (Austin 69). 
Substitutes: Stephens, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Gunn.
Leicester: Schmeichel: Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Ricardo, Maddison (Ghezzal 78), Gray (Okazaki 88), Iheanacho (Albrighton 67).
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Adrien Silva, Fuchs.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 29,925.

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Leicester draw a blank against struggling Saints

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton

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After a bright start City’s performance dropped away as they failed to find a way through Southampton’s defence at the KPS on Thursday night….

Claude Puel had declared this to be: “The beginning of next season”, which wasn’t good news for captain Morgan or Simpson, who were both dropped, with Dragovic returning to the centre of defence and Albrighton at right back. Hamer and Iheanacho came in for the injured Schmeichel and Okazaki.
On an unseasonably balmy April evening, City got off to a decent start against a poor looking Saints side who are staring relegation down the barrel.
Some good passing moves opened up a couple of chances, though Vardy’s shot was blocked, and Mahrez didn’t test McCarthy with a tame shot.

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In the 14th minute Iheanacho had a shot blocked and fell over, but quickly regained his feet to send a shot on the turn narrowly wide of the left hand post.
The Saints first chance arrived three minutes later, but Tadic sent a long range effort wide.
The game then settled into something of a stalemate, with plenty of sideways passing from City, and Southampton sitting back despite being in desperate need of the win.
Ndidi hit a long range shot straight at McCarthy, before the visitors almost broke through a minute before half time. With Tadic and Long faced only by Maguire, Long appeared to be unable to decide whether to pass or shoot and his heavy touch was gathered by Hamer. The visitors were the better side up to the break, but a series of crosses were dealt with by City’s defence.
Half time signalled a bit of booing from a home crowd who hadn’t seen a win since January.

There was a scare for City soon after the break when Dragovic went down injured, and waved at the bench as though his game was done, but he recovered after treatment.
Another scare soon followed when a loose ball in the area fell for Long, but his shot on the turn was well smothered by Hamer.

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City best chance arrived in the 70th minute when a long ball from Albrighton cleared the Saints defence and Vardy got a toe to it, but McCarthy tipped it over the bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 76th minute, bringing on Diabaté for Iheanacho, but City were struggling to find any cutting edge up front.
Diabaté beat his man down the left, but his cross/shot found the sidenetting.
In the closing stages City peppered the Saints area with crosses and corners, but were lacking an aerial presence and they were routinely cleared.
The best chance came from a Chilwell cross which Hoedt sliced over his own bar.

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Puel made a double change in time added on, Choudhury and Barnes replacing Gray and Silva, and City’s final chance came when an Ndidi shot was was deflected wide.
There was booing at the final whistle as the run of winless home games stretched to five.

Claude Puel was happy enough: “It was a good performance without a good result. It’s important to keep this good level and to find the clinical edge at the end.”

Leicester: Hamer, Albrighton, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Silva (Barnes 90), Ndidi, Gray (Choudhury 90), Iheanacho (Diabaté 76), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Morgan, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Soares, Romeu, Højbjerg (Redmond 88) Bertrand, Ward-Prowse (Davis 58), Tadic, Long (Austin 73).
Substitutes: Gabbiadini, Pied, Sims, Forster.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,160.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Happy return for Puel as Leicester sink Saints

Southampton 1:4 Leicester City

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A fine performance in wintry conditions ensured a 4-1 win for City at St Marys on Wednesday evening…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side on his return to Southampton, with Okazaki, King and Fuchs in for Gray, Iborra and Albrighton.
If it seemed to be a risky strategy to change a winning side, any concerns were dispelled in the 10th minute when City took the lead.
In similar fashion to his goal at Newcastle, Mahrez ran across the field before clipping a precise 20 yarder beyond the reach of Forster and just inside the right hand post.
After an even start City were well on top once they had taken the lead, making light of the horrible conditions. In the 20th minute Vardy and Okazaki linked well, the latter producing a long range shot that had to be tipped round the post by Forster at full stretch.
With Okazaki and Vardy again combining, Chilwell was set up for a shot that was blocked as far as Okazaki, whose shot was cleared off the line by Lemina.
The Saints first chance came on the half-hour when Austin hit a well struck shot from the edge of the area, but it was too close to Schmeichel, who parried it over the bar.
From the resulting corner City broke upfield, Mahrez crossed from the left and Vardy tested Forster with a near post effort, but the rebound was cleared by Yoshida as Okazaki closed in on the loose ball.
In the 32nd minute the scoreline better reflected the game as City doubled their lead. A Mahrez corner from the right went long to Fuchs, lurking on the edge of the area. His fierce shot pinballed off defender and goalkeeper, falling for Okazaki to stab home from five yards.
Six minutes later City went further ahead. A Mahrez free kick into the area was chested down by Maguire, who turned neatly before sending a low shot across the goalmouth.
No one got a touch to it and King was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, as loud boos began to ring around St Marys.

City continued to press forward in the second half and, after a foul on Okazaki, Mahrez lined up a 25 yard free-kick that Forster did well to tip away from the bottom right hand corner.
But then, on the hour, Southampton enjoyed their best spell of the game. A Bertrand free-kick was tipped over by Schmeichel, but from the resulting corner Yoshida directed a header across goal, the ball evading a melee of blue and red shirts in the goalmouth before finding the net.
The home fans finally had something to cheer and Saints went close to pulling another goal back when they hit City on the break and Schmeichel pulled off a fine block to deny Austin from point blank range.
But any hint of a Southampton revival was snuffed out when City got a fourth in the 69th minute. A wayward crossfield pass from Cedric picked out Mahrez, who fed Vardy down the right. He delivered a superb cross round his marker and the irrepressible Okazaki met it with a fine near post finish.
The result was now beyond doubt, and as Southampton fans flooded through the exits, Puel withrdew Vardy and Mahrez from the fray, bringing on Albrighton and Gray.
The game petered out with the remaining Saints fans wondering how Puel’s Leicester had scored more goals in this game than Puel’s Southampton did in their last seven home games.

Puel wasn’t crowing about his triumphant return to the club that sacked him: “My team is the most important thing. I am proud of my players because we gave a fantastic game. If we have the ability to maintain the good results with changes it will be good for the future. It is still the first part of the season and the Premier League is difficult every week. All is not perfect, we still need to correct things and make progress.”

Southampton: Forster, Soares, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu (Gabbiadini 45), Lemina, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 83), Davis, Boufal (Redmond 62), Austin. 
Substitutes: Stephens, Long, McCarthy, Højbjerg.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Ndidi, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Okazaki, Chilwell (Ulloa 83), Vardy (Gray 72).
Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 27,714.

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Ranieri shoulders blame for defeat at Saints

Southampton 0:3 Leicester City

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Claudio Ranieri admitted that he got his tactics wrong as City’s worst performance of the season saw a 3-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday…

Ranieri made three changes to his side  with Fuchs, Gray and Okazaki starting, and introduced a midfield diamond that plainly didn’t work.
The Saints soon took control of the game and created some early chances.
Redmond got his head to a  Tadic but found the top of the net, and then Hojbjerg lofted one over the bar from inside the area.
A side-footer from Redmond was then heading for the bottom right hand corner before Schmeichel managed to tip it round the post.
From the resulting corner, City broke upfield and should have gone ahead.
Gray ran 70 yards up the field accompanied by Okazaki and Vardy, but he opted to shoot straight at Forster when he could easily have picked out an unmarked Vardy to his right.

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Instead, it was the home side who took a 26th minute lead. Cedric set up Ward-Prowse, who sent a curling effort across Schmeichel. Although it was within the City keeper’s reach it span under his palm and into the net.
Saints continued to press forward, although Gray wasted another chance for City, firing in another shot when Vardy was better placed again.
Southampton doubled their lead in the 39th minute. Ward-Prowse delivered a free kick into the area which Huth half cleared, but Rodriguez latched onto the loose ball and blasted it past Schmeichel from close in.
It was difficult to see a way back for City now. Gray loosed another shot off but it missed the target just before the break.

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Ranieri made a change at the break, with Albrighton replacing Mendy and the diamond binned.
Saints had the first effort on goal when Hojbjerg sent a rocket just wide.
In a scrappy period, Van Dijk had to go off after a late challenge from Vardy; Albrighton hared around trying to haul City back in it, but didn’t test Forster from 30 yards; and Fuchs set up Hojbjerg with a wayward pass, but he hit it wide as Schmeichel came out to meet him.
City should have pulled one back in the 72nd minute to test the nerve of a side who had lost their last four games. From a Musa cross Huth got his header wrong when well placed and Morgan hit the loose ball over the bar from close in. Both centre-halves had a chance within a second and both had missed. It was that sort of day.
Morgan did find the net at the other end with a header three minutes later, but was relieved to see an offside flag raised against Yoshida.

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Saints wrapped things up in the 86th minute from the penalty spot. Substitute Long outpaced Morgan on the left and the City skipper bundled him over. Tadic gave Schmeichel no chance from 12 yards and that was that.
City had never really been in it, and came second in every department. It was a worryingly bad performance with a tough run of games coming up.

Claudio Ranieri admitted: “I tried to help my players in the last two matches and I changed our normal shape. Against Chelsea I played with three defenders at the back. Today I played with a diamond in the midfield, and this provoked some misunderstanding. I made mistakes – it’s my fault.”

Southampton: Forster, Soares, Yoshida, Rodriguez (Long 80), Tadic, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Van Dijk (Stephens 55), Bertrand, Redmond, Højbjerg (Clasie 73). Subs Not Used: Taylor, Martina, Sims, McQueen.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Ndidi, Mendy (Albrighton 46), Drinkwater, Gray, Okazaki (Musa 63), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, King, Kapustka, Zieler, Benalouane.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 30,548.

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Leicester and Saints reach stalemate

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton

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Leicester and Southampton battled to a goalless draw at the KPS on Sunday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that played Porto for this 2.15 Sunday afternoon kick-off, with Danny Simpson reclaiming his right-back berth.
Although in-form Southampton were on Europa League duty on Thursday night,  Claude Puel changed half his side for this game.

It was a tight encounter, and though Mahrez has a shot blocked in the first chance of the game, the Saints hit back. Austin sent a header straight at Schmeichel when well placed, and then fired an angled drive past Schmeichel that struck the inside of the far post.
City were gifted a chance on the half hour when an under hit Van Dijk backpass sent Vardy through on Forster. Vardy hesitated for a split second which allowed the Saints keeper to shepherd him towards Romeu, who blocked the effort on goal. Romeu then blocked the follow up shot from Slimani, and then another one from Vardy and the chance was gone.

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The game reached deadlock before half time, with only a couple of noteworthy incidents. Romeu knocked Slimani off the ball, to loud penalty appeals, but it didn’t look worthy of a spot-kick.
Mahrez then sent a shot off-target, in a final act that summed up the half.

Not much happened for a while after the break either. Mahrez was booked for taking a free kick before the ref was ready, and when he delivered it again Slimani was offside.
Saints then had a good spell, Redmond slipped through the City defence but sent in a weak shot which Schmeichel easily gathered. Austin also had a golden opportunity, but elected to chip Schmeichel without looking up, and the City keeper had advanced far enough for another easy save.
At the other end, Drinkwater fired off a couple of shots, but one found the side-netting from a tight angle and the other didn’t test Forster.

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Claudio Ranieri made his first changes in the 66th minute, bringing Gray and Okazaki for Albrighton and Vardy, and things got more lively.
A Huth header forced a good save from Forster, before Gray crossed for Okazaki who produced an inventive angled header that went inches wide of the far post.
Ulloa replaced Slimani for the last 12 minutes, but was unable to repeat the late heroics of last season, sending his only chance high and wide.
It was a hard-fought game, but neither side had produced enough to gain the three points.

Claudio Ranieri admitted: “I’m very happy because I recognise Southampton played better than us and they deserved to win. Maybe it is harder to think about, when we play every three days. Maybe at the end of the 22 days, was much better to give some rest to some players.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Amartey, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Albrighton (Gray 66), Vardy (Okazaki 66), Slimani (Ulloa 78). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, Schlupp, King.
Southampton: Forster, Cedric (Martina 27), Fonte, Davis, Austin (Ward-Prowse 83), Tadic (Long 71), Romeu, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Redmond, Hojbjerg. Subs Not Used: Yoshida, Clasie, McCarthy, Olomola.

Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 31,563.

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