Leicester City Away Drew 0 – 0
Manager Puel based his selections for the Be’er Sheva and Leicester away games with the aim of maximising the outcome from the pair rather than concentrating on one competition over the other. It was, though, a distinctly stronger line-up against the English Champions, reflecting the relative strengths of the Israeli and Premier Leagues as stay-away players Bertrand, Fonte, Davis and Austin all returned, along with Suarez who only made the bench in the Europa League – but he was to limp out of this one quite early in the game. Austin came closest to breaking Southampton’s duck in the double-header when from a difficult angle he took an early shot that rebounded off the post. Saints were nicely in control of this one, but when Austin doesn’t find the net, they struggle to make a breakthrough. Keeping the opposition off the scoresheet isn’t the problem at the moment, but normally reliable players on our own side gave the Foxes their best, and probably only, opportunities. The first of those came in the first half when Van Dijk’s back pass was nowhere near strong enough, but Forster made Vardy’s task difficult, and then Romeu was on hand to block subsequent shots not once or even twice, but three times. Big Dick’s partner, Fonte, next came close to breaking the deadlock with an involuntary touch that Forster had to claw away, and finally in added time a clearance by the big keeper ended up with a shot from Ulloa that went high and wide to secure an away point. How the match stats only show one Leicester shot on target when Romeu stopped three on his own casts doubts on their figure of 62% Southampton possession, but it does feel about right nevertheless. Given that, there should have been goals to show for the team’s dominance, but Austin, with an attempted chip that wasn’t his best option, and Ward-Prowse, with poor shooting technique, missed the chances that did come their way.
LSSC Man of the Match: Oriel Romeu. It’s usually a sign of a good performance when a player is singled out by opposition supporters in post match analysis