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Leicester City 0-0 Sunderland: Spoils Are Shared At The King Power Stadium

Sunderland and Leicester played out a frantic stalemate at the King Power Stadium with Sunderland creating the better chances but unable to find a way through.

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Sunderland and Leicester had to settle for a point with neither side able to find a way through either defences.

Leicester started the game brightly as you’d expect from the home side needing points, and it was the Foxes who had the first chance of the game through Wesilewski but his header flew wide from the corner.

Sunderland fans had their heart in their mouths on 6 mins after Wes Brown let a back pass roll under his foot allowing Vardy in on goal but Pantilimon raced off his line to beat Vardy to the ball.

Leicester were having the better of the opening exchanges as Mahrez had an effort saved by Pantilimon and Schlupp got in behind Vergini but he shot straight into the side netting.

The best chance of the half fell to Sunderland on 23 mins. A neat passing move from the left side saw the ball fed into Johnson and his flick sent Fletcher through on goal but he shot straight at Schmeichel as the goalkeeper was advancing.

Sunderland were in the ascendency now and on 30 mins they saw another chance go bye after Schmeichel saved well down to the right from a long range Johnson shot after the Black Cats took a short free kick.

From the resulting corner Wickham flicked the ball on at the front post but neither Fletcher nor Wes Brown could latch onto it at the back post as the ball flashed across goal.

Shortly after, Cattermole played a raking ball down the channel for Fletcher who squared the ball first time for Larsson whose goal bound shot was blocked by Morgan.

The half came to a close with Sunderland dominating possession and creating the better chances but they were unable to find a way past Schmeichel.

Sunderland started the second half well and they forced a corner which was well worked as Fletcher escaped his marker only for him to sky his effort on goal.

Leicester responded through Matty James as the Sunderland defence were scrambling but Pantilimon stood up well and made the save.

A counter attack from Leicester on 54 mins created another chance for Mahrez. His low shot was saved after he weaved his way past Brown but his near post shot was easily saved.

At the other end Sunderland countered as the game was getting stretched and it was Connor Wickham who went on his own instead of using Fletcher but his shot was straight at Schmeichel.

Leicester had their best chance of the game on 65 mins. A neat one - two between Matty James and Ulloa opened up the Sunderland defence but James’ tame effort was straight at Pantilimon.

Spaces were being found now and it was Sunderland who created the next chance on 68 mins. Steven Fletcher received the ball down the channel and his surging run resulted in a speculative shot which was saved by Schmeichel.

The game turned scrappy as the substitutions were introduced but Sunderland still remained the more likely to win the game as they dominated possession and the share of dangerous set – pieces, but they couldn’t penetrate the Leicester defence.

Leicester City (4-4-2): Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Wasilewski, Konchesky, Schlupp (Knockaert 79’), Cambiasso, James, Mahrez, Vardy (Nugent 72’), Ulloa (Wood 87’).

Subs: Hamer, Drinkwater, King, Moore, Knockaert, Nugent, Wood.

Goals: None

Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, Brown, O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Larsson (Bridcutt 75’), Gomez (Buckley 85’), Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher.

Subs: Mannone, Robson, Coates, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Buckley, Altidore

Goals: None

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