Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Midweek Premier League Madness: Leicester City gut out scoreless draw with Manchester City

Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City
Leicester entered the biggest match of their season needing a win in order to go back to the top of the table at the halfway point of the season. They gave it their all, but couldn't muster a goal to their name while defending a true onslaught of Manchester City's strong attacking forwards. Their defense, and goalkeeper Kasper Schmichael, were plenty up to the task and they earned their first scoreless draw of the season.

The Foxes knew they would be forced to win this one on the counter and perhaps through a set piece, but they only were able to try that strategy on rare occasions as City controlled the ball and peppered the home goal with 21 shots. They did snag 11 of their own, but nothing that truly tested Joe Hart, although Jamie Vardy, who had battled the flu all week, came close to one at the end of the first half.

Manchester City's best chance came when Sergio Aguero was brought down in the box by Gokhan Inler in the 63rd minute. Aguero's tumble may have been a bit exaggerated, though and the referee refused to indulge the Argentinian's slight theatrics with a penalty.

The draw puts Leicester level with Arsenal for first place, but the Gunners remain on top thanks to their superior goal difference. Manchester City go back above Tottenham for third place and are three points back of the leaders.

The Foxes may not have come out on top, but they did prove that they can at least handle a high end side like Manchester City. They showed some fight in gutting out this result to hang on their mantles along with an away draw at Manchester United and home win against Chelsea. They have some things to work on. Squad depth could be an issue, as we saw with their battered side dropping points with the congested schedule this week. They are also screwed if Vardy and/or Mahrez go down and have to miss some significant time. But, based on their first half performance, I would say that Leicester are here to stay.

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