Premier League

30/12/2015
Premier League
King Power Stadium
Attendance 32,072

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      SI R. De Laet SO S. Agüero
    • 90'
      Third and final change from Leicester as Ritchie De Laet replaces Albrighton.
    • 90'
      Three minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee and the game is fairly end-to-end so there may actually be a winner here at the King Power! Is there a dramatic turn in the title race coming up so late on?!
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      Full time at the King Power Stadium. It wasn't the spectacle that the neutrals were hoping for with the goals flying in, but two of the title contenders in the Barclays Premier League, Leicester and Man City, play out a fairly entertaining 0-0 stalemate in their last fixture of the year. The Foxes m
    • 0'
      Half time at the King Power. Goals were expected in this Barclays Premier League clash between Leicester and Man City, but it has been proved that we are witnessing two fairly evenly matched teams this season as we head into the break at a 0-0 stalemate. Both sides have enjoyed some chances created
    • 0'
      Only three changes between the two sides from their respective previous matches. For Leicester, Drinkwater and Inler come into midfield in place of King and Okazaki, and for City, they welcome back talisman striker Sergio Aguero into the starting XI in place of Bony.
    • 0'
      Man City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero.
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      Leicester (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Inler, Drinkwater, Kante; Mahrez, Vardy, Albrighton.
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      TEAM NEWS...
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      Man City are actually unbeaten in their last five away trips to face the Foxes, winning three and drawing two. However, Leicester seem to enjoy playing in the last match of the year, as they have came out victorious in their last fixture of 2012, 2012, and 2013 – can they continue that run against t
    • 0'
      The last clash between Leicester and Man City came in March of this year in the league. On that occasion, the Citizens ran out comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to goals James Milner and David Silva. This was preceded by another win in the reverse fixture in December, where they narrowly won 1-0 with F
    • 0'
      The Foxes themselves haven't endured a particularly happy Christmas, either, as they lost their Boxing Day clash away to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday 1-0. Claudio Ranieri's charges have been free scoring in the Premier League this campaign, and up until that match a few days ago they had netted
    • 0'
      Man City, meanwhile, were always pencilled in to be hovering around the top of the tree around the turn of the year, but perhaps in more emphatic fashion as they are down in fourth place at the moment, with a win tonight taking them into second behind the Gunners. Their pursuit to reclaim the champi
    • 0'
      At the start of the season, not a lot of people would have predicted that the pre-New Year encounter between these two sides would prove to be a top of the table clash. However, Leicester have amazed the Premier League, and indeed the rest of Europe this campaign, with their swashbuckling and entert
    • 0'
      Good evening festive football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Barclays Premier League clash between Leicester City and Manchester City from the King Power Stadium!
    • 1'
      We are under way at the King Power Stadium!
    • 3'
      Kolarov collects the ball near the left touchline and moves into space before firing a searching pass deep down the wing for Sterling, who paces forward to get on the end of it. Morgan is vigilantly on hand for the hosts to slide out for a City throw-in, though.
    • 5'
      It is a cracking atmosphere inside the King Power this evening and there really is a big-game feel about the proceedings. Leicester are playing with a lot less pressure than City, simply due to the fans' expectations, so it will be interesting to see how the contrasting outlooks effect the players.
    • 7'
      Silva breaks away from his central position to pick up the ball near the corner flag on the left flank. The Spaniard then cleverly jinks inside and attempts to find Sterling with a flashed cross hit low into the area, but before the former Liverpool man can get the shot away, Huth manages to step in
    • 9'
      Vardy typically hunts down the opposition defence hoping to force a mistake again, and this time his potential victim is Otamendi. The Argentine defender gets himself into a bit of a sticky situation whilst under massive pressure from the Leicester striker facing his own goal, but actually deals wit
    • 11'
      Manuel Pellegrini is sitting in the dugout with his head in his hands for all to see at the moment and the reason for his disappointment is a desperately poor final ball from Kolarov after an impressive, sweeping City move down this left-hand side. The full-back initially did well to hit the byline,
    • 13'
      This season, despite being in the higher portion of the Premier League standings, Leicester have not been known to typically have long periods of sustained possession, even when playing at home at the King Power. This formula has continued tonight with Man City bossing the ball, but the Foxes' main
    • 15'
      Fuchs stands over a free kick around 35 yards out and decides against going for the strike, instead opting to chip a teasing cross to the back post. Huth rises up higher than his marker in order to bullet a commanding header at goal, but it just goes north of the crossbar!
    • 17'
      SAAAAAAAVE from Schmeichel! Sterling manages to get in behind the Leicester defence after utilising his tremendous pace and drives down the right channel before cutting back inside. He tees up De Bruyne, who meets the ball with a terrific whipped strike aimed at the right corner, but the Denmark int
    • 19'
      Silva pops up in his favourite position just in front of the opposition defence outside the box, and decides to not go for goal even with plenty of space ahead of him to get the shot away. Eventually, he plays wide to Aguero, who does indeed pull the trigger, but the Leicester defence make the solid
    • 21'
      Man City have dominated possession in these opening stages and are just starting to turn this command over the ball into chances, with the play seeing Leicester moving deeper and deeper into their own penalty area. Schmeichel has only been called into action once as of yet, though!
    • 23'
      We are just about midway through the first half now and City are looking the most likely team to open the scoring. Before the match, you would have been forgiven for thinking the goals would be flying in with these two teams, but we are still at a stalemate at the moment! Still plenty of time, thoug
    • 25'
      MAHREZ!! HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! The Algerian, who has been one of the breakout stars of the Premier League this season, collects possession deep down the right wing and typically cuts inside on his left foot before drilling a signature strike aimed at the top corner. Hart scrambles to get across goal,
    • 27'
      GREAT SAVE FROM SCHMEICHEL! Toure goes on a marauding run through the middle and eventually drifts out wide to latch on to a bouncing ball, where he lifts a teasing pass over the defence for Sterling! The City winger takes one chested touch before sending a precision volley towards the bottom corner
    • 29'
      City keep Leicester camped in and around their own area with a series of neat little passes. Eventually Silva bursts towards the byline before chipping a cross to the back post, where De Bruyne takes down well before picking out Kolarov around 30 yards out, where he goes to pull the trigger, but the
    • 31'
      Another smart save from Schmeichel here as Sterling picks up the ball a few feet outside the penalty area before jinking on to his left foot. He hits a rasper of a strike high towards goal but the Leicester goalkeeper retreats to palm over the bar without much incident. This is almost becoming perso
    • 33'
      Kolarov is a lucky, lucky man here as the referee bails him out massively for blowing for a foul after a challenge from Vardy, even though there appeared to be very little contact. If the Serbian was robbed of the ball in that position there, then the Leicester striker would have had a straight rout
    • 35'
      Ten minutes to go in this opening half and City really need to start capitalising on their dominance of possession to take the lead here. You get the feeling that Leicester may indeed get one or two breaks forward through counterattacking and Vardy, so Pellegrini's men need to strike when they are
    • 37'
      When looking at the line-ups before the match, it was clear that Ranieri was opting for a 4-5-1 generating into a 4-3-3 formation when the hosts are attacking, and it has not paid off massively as of yet as his players haven't really adapted from their typical 4-4-2 structure. Currently, Vardy is ju
    • 39'
      A SITTER FROM VARDY! It is suicidal play at the back from Man City as Fernandinho horribly gives the ball away to Kante, who sends his team-mate through on goal! The newly capped England international has gobbled up chances exactly like this this season, but ends up firing a poor strike well over th
    • 41'
      Leicester are really growing into prominence in these latter stages as we approach the half-time whistle! As mentioned a few moments ago, up until now Vardy had been pretty isolated as the lone striker, but the Foxes are committing quite a lot more men forward now which is allowing their centre-forw
    • 43'
      Mahrez has proved he is one tricky customer this season as he has clearly been highlighted as such by this Man City team! The Algerian collects the ball around 30 yards out and looks poised to go one on of his twisting and turning dribbles, but ends up being took out by not one, but three players! O
    • 45'
      Just the one minute of added time signaled by the referee here which sounds about right as we have pretty much saw a free flowing game in the opening 45 minutes. Unlikely we will see someone go into the break with the lead here!
    • 46'
      We are back under way at the King Power!
    • 47'
      Sterling is took out by Inler down the left channel and Man City get the free kick as they fail to get an advantage going forward. Kolarov stands over the set-piece and whips a wicked cross deep into the penalty area, but there are no takers from the visitors which allows Huth and Morgan to combine
    • 49'
      Leicester really have defended excellently tonight which is interesting considering that it has been their extremely impressive attacking play this season that has saw them catapult up the table - not their ability to keep clean sheets. Let's see if they can keep it up at the back in this second hal
    • 51'
      Fuchs, who has grown more and more into the game down this left wing, picks out yet another outstanding, whipped cross to the back post where Vardy is sniffing around looking to get the header away. Luckily for City, Mangala is well positioned to clear with a solid header.
    • 53'
      Fantastic tracking back from Mahrez as he follows the overlapping run of Kolarov all the way down the wing in order to block a cross inside, which may have been vital as Aguero was in plenty of space poised to get the shot away should possession have reached him!
    • 55'
      Sterling, who has probably been Man City's most impressive player this evening, opens up his stride on the right flank and then drives into the box with pace before attempting to reverse a pass inside for Aguero, but yet again the Argentine is foiled as he is faced by a sea of blue shirts ahead of h
    • 57'
      It really is a mystery as to how no goals have been scored this evening, but if you had to pick your finger on it you would put it down to the solidity of Schmeichel, the sheer desire to defend by the Leicester backline, and arguably City's inability to find the final ball! Well, may actually not be
    • 59'
      It will be interesting to see if there are any tactical or indeed personel changes out there implemented by Ranieri or Pellegrini. Leicester can of course revert back to their more favoured 4-4-2, while City have some options on the bench to potentially replace Aguero, who still doesn't look particu
    • 61'
      That must be a penalty kick for City? Aguero, who has been pretty quiet all game, collects possession inside the penalty area only to go down by the strong challenge of Inler, who didn't look like he got the ball! The Argentine is adamant that his side deserve the spotkick, but the referee is having
    • 64'
      SI W. Bony SO S. Agüero
    • 64'
      That penalty appeal will be Aguero's last contribution to the match as he leaves the pitch giving the referee and then fourth official an earful before Bony comes on as his replacement. Certainly a more physical presence available in the opposition penalty area for City now.
    • 66'
      A deserved yellow card and the first of the match here, which goes to Kolarov as the Serbian cynically takes out Mahrez to halt a Leicester counterattack.
    • 66'
      It is quite incredible how many times Leicester have blocked shots from City inside their own penalty box tonight! The latest attempt from Pellegrini's men is from Fernandinho, who sweetly meets a half volley 20 yards out which looks poised to find the far corner! Two or three Leicester players dive
    • 67'
      SI L. Ulloa SO S. Agüero
    • 67'
      First change of the match from Ranieri now and as expected, it signals a change in formation as well as personel. Coming on is Leonardo Ulloa who will come on to play alongside Vardy in a two-man strikeforce, and he'll replace Inler. Four-four-two for the Foxes now - they are going for this it seems
    • 69'
      Just over 20 minutes to go now and surely we won't see a stalemate between the Premier League's two highest scoring teams, will we? There is so much talent out there, that a goal really could happen at any times, but Leicester and City are simply cancelling each other out out there!
    • 71'
      Vardy hasn't had too many opportunities to play on the shoulder of the last City defender tonight but does so on this occasion and manages to get in behind after a neat pass from Drinkwater. The Leicester striker takes possession in his stride and moves on to his left foot before lashing a shot at t
    • 73'
      As time goes on, you get the feeling that both sides will come to the mentality that a draw isn't a particularly bad result considering the circumstances at the top of the table, and indeed the congested festive fixture schedule. Is it time to fight another day or do we have a winner in the ranks?
    • 74'
      SI Jesús Navas SO S. Agüero
    • 74'
      Another change from Pellegrini now and again it is a case of another star City player not playing particularly well due to not being fully fit. David Silva is the man coming off and his replacement is Jesus Navas, who will certainly add some more pace going forward for the Citizens!
    • 76'
      Another player goes into the book here and this time it is Mangala who comes on the wrong end of the referee's wrath as he stupidly leaves the boot in on Mahrez right on the edge of the City penalty area. Such a daft challenge, and he has gifted Leicester a set-piece in a very useful position.
    • 77'
      SAAAAAAAAAVE FROM HART! Fuchs, who has already showed that he has a wicked left foot tonight, stands over the free kick and then subsequently steps up to curl a beauty of a strike aimed towards the top right corner, but he is thwarted by the City keeper, who reads the attempt superbly to get across
    • 79'
      What a block again by Wes Morgan! The Leicester captain has been a hero at the back tonight and has threw himself bravely at an incredible amount of shots inside his own box, with the latest drilled shot coming from Bony! This Foxes defence deserves at least a point here, but as we all know, you don
    • 80'
      SI A. King SO S. Agüero
    • 80'
      Another change here as Ranieri introduces some fresh legs into his hard-working midfield. Coming on is Leicester veteran Andy King, and he will replace the tireless Danny Drinkwater.
    • 81'
      Albrighton goes into the book now and it is slightly harsh on the former Aston Villa winger, as Sagna actually strikes the bottom of his boot after clearing the ball at right-back.
    • 83'
      Time is running out for Leicester or Manchester City to stake their claim as champions and lead the Barclays Premier League at the end of 2015. Should this match end as a draw, then it is Arsenal who will be leaders heading into the New Year!
    • 85'
      Mangala has come under a lot of scrutiny this season, but the former Porto defender has actually kept the league's most in-form striker, Vardy, relatively quiet whenever they are in close proximity. His pace has certainly been an asset when dealing with the electric sprints of the England forward.
    • 87'
      Even though Aguero and Silva didn't have their best games in a Manchester City shirt tonight, the absence of their aura in the final third has meant that Leicester have looked more composed at the back and less last-ditch in their defending. The Foxes seem relatively content to deal with the threat
    • 89'
      SI K. Iheanacho SO S. Agüero
    • 89'
      Third and final change of the match now and it comes from Man City as Sterling makes way for the oncoming Kelechi Iheanacho, who did actual score a very late goal off the bench for his side earlier in the season. Let's see if he can repeat the feat!
    • 90'
      Sagna goes into the book now and it is harsh on the Frenchman who only gives Vardy a small nudge on the back, with the latter cleverly earning the foul. Leicester get the free kick which Fuchs dangerously delivers into the box, but Hart proactively comes off his line to make the commanding punched c
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    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Fernandinho
    25
    Captain

    SUBSTITUTES

    Midfielder
    spain
    David Silva
    21
    74'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    northern ireland
    Brendan Rodgers
    spain
    Josep Guardiola

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 11 8
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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