Leicester 0-0 Crystal Palace: A goalless draw keeps the pressure on Brendan Rodgers


Leicester remain in the Premier League relegation zone after the shutdown

Leicester City were unable to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers as Crystal Palace were held to a disappointing goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.

They had their moments but struggled to find momentum and stay in the bottom three as a false dawn appeared in their 4-0 win over bottom club Nottingham Forest two weeks ago.

The first goal would decide the day and Leicester’s nerves were evident from the start as Palace piled on the early pressure.

But the home side came alive when Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka combined to unlock the Palace defence, before Daka forced Vicente Guaita into a smart save.

Palace lacked zip in attack as the first half unfolded, but showed spark through Eberechi Eze, who fired a shot from the edge of the box heading into the break.

In the second half, James Maddison looked to be seeing more of the ball, but he twice missed the target before the hour mark, shooting from close range and then going forward.

As time went on, little changed. Both sides were unable to force the issue, despite the introduction of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho. This game was for Leicester, but confidence eluded them.

Lack of punch costs Foxes

The stop-start of the game told in different ways for both sides.

Palace first looked to frustrate and damage the counter-attack through Wilfried Zaha’s pace; they weren’t too successful, but it pointed to deeper issues for Leicester.

There was nervousness in the stadium and, with the Foxes having lost seven of their previous nine games, that was understandable.

But it meant that Leicester only attacked in spades, with flashes from Barnes, Daka and Maddison, but never enough to build momentum and win the game. Wout Faes, their only major summer signing, was their standout player at the back.

It was another long afternoon in what is shaping up to be a long season for Rodgers’ side, with the talismanic Maddison summing up with a booking for simulation which will rule him out of Thursday’s game with Leeds.

On the outskirts of Zaha Palace

The fact that he was substituted in the last 15 minutes with the game still in the balance represented Zaha’s day.

There were moments for the visitors, with Eze particularly busy in midfield, but when they had the chance they couldn’t find the killer pass to make the difference.

Zaha cut a frustrated figure one afternoon, hoping to make a decisive impact.

This is Jauregi’s second straight draw on the road, and they just didn’t do enough to earn the three points again.

The eleven

Leicester

training 4-1-4-1

  • 1Ward
  • 27Chestnuts
  • 18Amartey
  • 3Zone
  • 2Justin
  • 42Soumarereplaced byMendyin 65′minutes
  • 10MaddisonBooked in 90 minutes
  • 8Tielemansreplaced byTalkingin 82′minutes
  • 22Dewsbury Hall
  • 7Barnesreplaced byIheanachoin 85′minutes
  • 20Click onreplaced byVardyin 65′minutesBooked in 81 minutes

replacements

  • 4Soyuncu
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Talking
  • 31in Ivers
  • 33Thomas

The Crystal Palace

training 4-3-3

  • 13look
  • 2Ward
  • 16AndersenBooked in 11 minutes
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchellreplaced byRiedewaldin 56′minutes
  • 15sipped
  • 28DoucoureBooked in 45 minutesreplaced byMilivojevicin 56′minutes
  • 10No
  • 9J Yes
  • 22Edwardreplaced byIt wasin 65′minutes
  • 11oldreplaced byMathematicsin 77′minutes

replacements

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 7It was
  • 14Mathematics
  • 21Johnstone
  • 23Ebioway
  • 43Balmer
  • 44Riedewald
  • 45gordon

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