Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Stalemate For City As Palace Hold Firm

Leicester City had to settle for a goalless Premier League draw with Crystal Palace in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off at King Power Stadium.
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The Foxes looked the more likely to secure all three points, with Vicente Guaita making several important saves, while Danny Ward also did well to prevent Odsonne Édouard from pinching it in the latter stages, as the Wales international registered back-to-back home clean sheets.

In the absence of skipper Jonny Evans, who missed out with a calf injury, manager Brendan Rodgers brought Daniel Amartey into centre-back, making one change from the XI that were beaten by AFC Bournemouth last weekend. Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans was handed the captain's armband, while Timothy Castagne was fit to start after overcoming an eye injury.

After City and Palace players took the knee in support of the Premier League's No Room For Racism initiative, the game began on a sunny and crisp Filbert Way. The first major moment of the game came when Guaita had to punch away James Maddison's free-kick. 

From a counter-attack, Palace broke down the left wing, however Wout Faes covered well and put in a well-timed challenge to win a throw-in. The visitors then threatened again, with Wilfried Zaha lifting over after a corner had found its way to the Ivory Coast winger.

Following a block from Boubakary Soumaré to get in the way of Eberechi Eze's goal-bound strike, the first booking of the match saw Joachim Andersen hack down Zambia striker Patson Daka, who looked to spring a counter-attack, but was fouled on the touchline.

With 17 minutes gone, City conjured up their best chance of the game so far. Tielemans' defensive header from deep midfield was expertly brought down by Harvey Barnes, who beat Joel Ward and played a one-two with Daka, however Guaita was quick off his line and closed the angle.

Academy graduate Barnes began to light up the left flank, first seeing a dangerous delivery cleared before a give-and-go with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall led to another opportunity, which was blocked in the box. Soon after, Dewsbury-Hall set up Daka, who stung the palms of Guaita with a well-struck drive. 

With Palace looking to respond to Leicester's advances, Eze whipped a free-kick into Marc Guéhi, who was unable to keep his header down. Not long after, Cheick Oumar Doucouré's drive was turned away by Soumaré on the edge of the City area. After a Barnes had a shot blocked, the first half came to a close, with the scores level after 45 minutes.

Guaita made a good stop from Daka just 70 seconds into the second period, however the assistant referee's flag went up for offside against the No.20, and it wouldn't have counted. In the next Leicester attack, Barnes teed up Maddison, however the midfielder's left-footed strike flew off target. 

The momentum was firmly with Rodgers' men, with Andersen heading clear of Castagne from Maddison's corner, while James Justin's dipping volley went just over. More good combination play between Daka and Barnes then saw the latter collect a one-two, but Guaita's pressure meant he was denied once more.

Inching towards the hour mark, Castagne drilled into the chest of Guaita, who made another stop, and then Maddison found space 25 yards from goal to strike, although his placed attempt would trickle wide of the post. The pressure was mounting on Palace's back line.

England international defender Justin continued to threaten from the left full-back position, gaining ground before targeting Daka with a curled pass. There was too much on it, though, with Castagne also unable to latch onto the ball at the far post on 61 minutes.

A wall of blue defenders halted Zaha's shot moments later, before Ward made a fine stop to claw Édouard's strike out of the bottom corner. A brace of substitutions followed for Leicester, with Papy Mendy and Jamie Vardy replacing Soumaré and Daka. 

Into the final 20 minutes, Castagne's flick located Maddison, but Guaita was there to claim the shot from just inside the 18-yard box. On 79 minutes, Maddison won and took a free-kick, hitting the wall from around 25 yards out. The resulting Maddison corner was met by Castagne, who saw his header strike Joel Ward and Guaita gathered. 

Leicester's third change of the afternoon came on 82 minutes, when skipper Tielemans came off in place of Belgium international team-mate Dennis Praet. Three minutes later, Barnes made way and Nigeria frontman Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced.

Heading towards injury time, the Foxes continued to push for a winner. First, Iheanacho's strike was held by Guaita after he had drifted in from the left, and then Dewsbury-Hall's attempt deflected behind for a corner, which Guaita also gathered under pressure. 

There would be no breakthrough for either side, however, with the match finishing goalless on Filbert Way.

Major moment – Barnes breaks through

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Harvey Barnes

Harvey Barnes was denied by Vicente Guaita in the first half.

Harvey Barnes looked lively on the left wing, and midway through the first half, a fine move resulted in him making his way into the box, only to find Vicente Guaita in his way.

Where do we stand? – 19th

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Daniel Amartey

The Ghana international came in in place of the injured Jonny Evans to help City keep a clean sheet.

Leicester are now 19th in the division with 10 matches played, moving above Nottingham Forest, who play Wolverhampton Wanderers later in the afternoon.

Coming up... – Leeds United (H)

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Wout Faes

Wout Faes applauds the home fans on Filbert Way after the full-time whistle.

The Foxes next tackle Leeds United at King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Thursday (8:15pm kick-off), ahead of travelling to Molineux Stadium to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday (2pm kick-off).

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