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Oct 2, 2016 at 2.15pm UK at King Power Stadium
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Result: Southampton hold Leicester City to goalless draw at King Power Stadium

Leicester City and Southampton play out a goalless draw in the Premier League.

Leicester City and Southampton have earned a point apiece after playing out a goalless draw in this afternoon's Premier League contest at the King Power Stadium.

Both sides came close to breaking the deadlock with clear-cut chances in the first period, but ultimately cancelled each other out during a hard-fought encounter.

Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is surrounded by Leicester players during the Premier League clash between the two sides at the King Power Stadium on October 2, 2016© SilverHub

The Saints showed attacking ambitions from the off and almost took an early lead when Charlie Austin gained possession in the box and beat Kasper Schmeichel from an acute angle, only to be denied by the post.

Dangerous as ever on the counter-attack, Leicester looked odds-on to break the deadlock in the 30th minute when Jamie Vardy latched on to a bad backpass by Virgil van Dijk and rounded Fraser Forster in the Saints goal, but Oriol Romeu produced an instinctive block on the line before denying Islam Slimani on the follow-up.

Southampton winger Nathan Redmond takes on Leicester City captain Wes Morgan during the Premier League meeting between the two sides at the King Power Stadium on October 2, 2016© SilverHub

Goalscoring opportunities proved fewer in the second half, but Southampton came close just after the hour mark when the in-form Austin raced clean through on goal and attempted to lob Schmeichel, but the Foxes stopper anticipated the chip and stood tall to make the save.

Moments later, Claudio Ranieri's side were back on the front foot as Danny Drinkwater powered his way through the Saints defence, shrugged off a challenge from Romeu and rifled a shot into the side-netting.

Southampton manager Claude Puel before his side's Premier League match against Leicester at the King Power Stadium on October 2, 2016© SilverHub

Robert Huth and substitute Shinji Okazaki came close for the Foxes with headers in the latter stages, before Southampton upped the ante in stoppage time, without delivering an end product.

The result leaves Claude Puel's Saints in 10th place in the table, while Leicester move up one place to 12th.

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