Schmeichel stellar as Leicester City steal a point vs. Southampton

Leicester City looked tired and out of sorts so they will be glad of a point against a Southampton side who failed to take their chances in front of goal. Charlie Austin could have a had a hat-trick but came away empty in a 0-0 draw. There's no doubt the visitors deserved to win the game, so a draw and a clean sheet is a very welcome return for the below-par Foxes.


Kasper Schmeichel produced some vital saves to keep the Leicester in it. Plus the Foxes are still picking up points at home even when far from their best. Eight points and 12th place is really not a terrible tally for a side aspiring for a top-half finish.


Jamie Vardy looks out of sorts and Islam Slimani seemingly prefers the pace and style of European football to the Premier League thus far. Leicester might also have a carefree attitude towards possession, but 39% of the ball at home is a little on the low side even for the Foxes.

Manager rating

Claudio Ranieri picked a predictable and strong starting XI, making just one change from the 1-0 win over Porto in the Champions League as right-back Danny Simpson replaced Luis Hernandez. However the Italian again failed to include Ahmed Musa in his squad, who is seemingly behind Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa in the pecking order. The Nigerian deserves to be more than just a peripheral figure and was exactly the kind of player who could have kicked Leicester into gear.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best; players; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating).

GK Kasper Schmeichel, 8 -- Leicester's man of the match. Saved an audacious chip from Charlie Austin and almost single-handedly guided City to a point.

DF Danny Simpson, 6 -- Was exposed in the air against Charlie Austin early on, but after a shaky start found his feet. DF Robert Huth, 5 -- Looked a little out of sorts and lost his footing at key moments. Fortunate to come away with a clean sheet.

DF Wes Morgan, 6 -- Dusan Tadic caused him a lot of problems, but he did well to stay focused despite Southampton's impressive movement.

DF Christian Fuchs, 6 -- Looked rattled at the back, but delivered one incisive cross that Okazaki almost nodded home.

MF Riyad Mahrez, 5 -- Failed to impact the game despite a few promising runs. Still can't string together back-to-back quality performances this season.

MF Danny Drinkwater, 7 -- One of Leicester's few bright sparks. Had a good battle with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and just about came out on top. MF

Daniel Amartey, 6 -- Tired as the game went one. Far more effective in the first half than the second.

MF Marc Albrighton, 5 -- Didn't get involved in the game enough, although City rarely ventured down the left.

FW Jamie Vardy, 5 -- Latched onto Virgin van Dijk's poor backpass, but then looked indecisive as he tried to round Fraser Forster allowing Oriol Romeu to track back. The kind of chance the England striker would have buried last season.

FW Islam Slimani, 6 -- His match up against Jose Fonte was a true welcome to English football. Relished the battle, and did a lot of running, but didn't look clinical.


MF Demarai Gray 6 -- Getting more and more game time. Could well replace Albrighton soon, perhaps not away at Chelsea next time out but potentially for the home Champions League tie with Copenhagen.

FW Shinji Okazaki, 6 -- Had one headed chance that he put wide. Could well find himself starting away at Chelsea due to the defensive work he puts in.

FW Leonardo Ulloa, NR -- No real impact from the bench, but continues to get minutes ahead of Musa.