Leicester City vs Middlesbrough Live Premier League fixture 2016 (2-2)

Leicester snatch point from travelling Teessiders.

Leicester City vs Middlesbrough Live Premier League fixture 2016 (2-2)
Adama Traore wins a header, as Leicester and Middlesbrough each take a point from the King Power | Photo: Getty Images/Plumb Images
Leicester City: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Musa, min. 68) King, Amartey, Albrighton, Vardy (Slimani, min. 71) Okazaki (Gray, min. 76)
Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Forshaw, de Roon, Traore (Stuani, min. 79) Ramirez (Fischer, min. 88) Negredo.
SCORE: 0-1, min. 12, Negredo. 1-1, min. 34, Mahrez. 1-2, min. 72 Negredo. 2-2, min 90+3, Slimani.
REFEREE: Lee Mason (ENG). Admonished Albrighton (min.28) Chambers (min. 31) Negredo (min.33) Amartey (min. 50) Vardy (min. 65)
INCIDENTS: Premier League meeting between last season's champions Leicester and newly promoted Middlesbrough. Match played at the King Power Stadium.
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FULL TIME: Leicester will hope that this point will boost them for the season ahead, while Middlesbrough will take many positives from the match but will need to improve defensively.

FULL TIME: Rather an undeserved point for Leicester as they struggled to break down Middlesbrough, but two moments of ill-discipline from the Teessiders mean that Boro drop what could be crucial two points.

FULL TIME: Middlesbrough dominated most of the match, but late pressure from Leicester resulted in the last minute penalty.

FULL TIME: Heart break for Middlesbrough as the champions snatch a point from the match.

FULL TIME

90+3 GOAL for Leicester. Slimani scores the penalty.

90+3 De Roon brings down Morgan in the box and Mason gives Leicester their second penalty.

90+3' Penalty to Leicester!

90+2' Leicester come so close to a goal as King squares the ball but nobody could get the telling touch.

90' Another Fuchs throw comes into the Middlesbrough box, but the flag goes up before Leicester can make anything from it.

88' Gaston Ramirez is replaced by the Dane Viktor Fischer.

87' After some poor defending from Cristhian Stuani, Daniel Amartey fizzes a shot wide of the upright.

85' A danegerous Leicester attack lead to a Musa cross going to Albrighton at the back post. The ball came back to Musa, but the shot was poor.

82' Barragan's cross is tipped behind by Zieler for a corner to Middlesbrough.

78' Cristhian Stuani comes on for Middlesbrough, replacing Adama Traore.

76' Claudio Ranieri makes his third substitution of the match and brings on Gray for Okazaki.

75' Negredo will be able to continue and is allowed back onto the pitch by Lee Mason.

74' Alvaro Negredo, after scoring a brace, goes down holding his groin.

72' Negredo beats the offside trap and strikes the ball past the Leicester stopper.

72' GOAL! Middlesbrough score and Negredo has his second!

71' Ahmed Musa receives the ball after a one-two between Slimani and Amartey but can only shoot over the bar.

69' Okazaki hits a shot but it is easily taken by Victor Valdes in the Boro goal.

68' Riyad Mahrez comes off to a round of applause. He is replaced by Ahmed Musa.

67' Middlesbrough win a corner after some good pressing from Gaston Ramirez

65' After receiving a booking, Jamie Vardy is replaced by Islam Slimani.

63' A cross from the Leicester right is headed over the bar by the number 10, Andy King.

61' Adama Traore lashes a volley wide after a good build up from Middlesbrough

59' Christian Fuchs emulates his team mate Danny Simpson and hits a cross well over anybody and the ball is with Victor Valdes

56' Antonio Barragan concedes a free kick for a push into the back of the Leicester man.

50' Daniel Amartey picks up a yellow card for a foul on Fabio.

48' Adama Traore beat Fuchs to the byline but couldn't deliver the ball to a red shirt.

46' Leicester City get the second half underway and win a throw in deep inside Middlesbrough's third

Middlesbrough will be disappointed to give away their lead in such a soft manner. Leicester will be hoping to build on some late pressure in the first half.

HALF TIME

45+2' Negredo heads away

45+2' Leicester corner after Vardy was allowed to counter

42' Gaston Ramirez stops  Jamie Vardy from shooting and gives away a corner, which comes to nothing.

38' UPDATE Alvaro Negredo was booked in the 34th minute for protesting the penalty decision.

38' Gaston Ramirez wins the ball in the air but is hit by two Leicester players, but no free kick. Play is stopped for a head injury

34' GOAL Riyad Mahrez converts the penalty to get the foxes level

33' Calum Chambers penalised for a handball in the area

33' Penalty to Leicester

31' Chambers recieves a yellow card for a stray arm into the face of Jamie Vardy.

30' Shinji Okazaki rattles the crossbar with an overhead attempt after Riyad Mahrez ran at the Boro back line.

28' A dangerous free kick from Marc Albrighton is eventually cleared by Boro, then Albrighton brings down Ramirez on the counter attack. Yellow card for Albrighton.

26' Home fans beginning to become aggitated as Zieler kicks the ball straight out of play

22' Leicester looking for a moment of quality to get their game back on track. Middesbrough looking the stronger team at this time.

16' Antonio Barragan penalised for a second foul throw of the game. He keeps throwing the ball into the floor.

12' Negredo lays the ball out to Gaston Ramirez who returns the ball to the Spaniard on the edge of the box and he puts it in the top corner.

12' GOAL! It's Alvaro Negredo!

9' Adama Traore bursts into the box but his shot is saved by Zieler, and de Roon's follow up effort flashes wide

8' Danny Simpson aimes for Vardy at the back post, but his cross is over hit

6' Alvaro Negredo closes down Zieler almost to good effect as the German just manages to get the ball away

4' A Gaston Ramirez corner is over the heads of the players in the box and the ball eventually comes back to Ron-Robert Zieler

3' Each side enjoying possession but little going forward yet

1' Kick off at the King Power, as Middlesbrough start the game

Claudio Ranieri has won 4 out of 7 meetings with Boro, drawing the other three.

Jamie Vardy has scored 3 in 4 against Middlesbrough, but is currently without a goal in 14 for Leicester

Ben Gibson leads his hometown club out at the home of the champions Leicester

With 20 minutes to go to kickoff, make sure you go to @Boro_VAVEL to vote in the poll for what the result will be today.

The last time Middlesbrough were at the King Power Stadium, Leicester defeated the visitors 2-0.

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Ritchie de Laet (who would go on loan to Boro 12 months later) secured the three points for the Foxes, who would go on to win the Championship in 2014 

The armband Ben Gibson will wear today | Photo: @Boro on Twitter
The armband Ben Gibson will wear today | Photo: @Boro on Twitter

Morgan, and Middlesbrough's captain Ben Gibson will both wear special armbands to support the Stonewall rainbow campaign.

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan spoke earlier about the possibility of Nugent playing today, saying "I hope the fans give him a great reception."

Islam Slimani, who missed the previous two games for the foxes, is back on the substitutes bench and could be used to great impact should Ranieri subsitiute him on.

Leicester City subs: Hernández, Musa, James, Hamer, Schlupp, Slimani, Gray

No Jordan Rhodes or David Nugent means that Cristhian Stuani, normally deployed as a winger, is Aitor Karanka's only option if he wants to change the striker.

Middlesbrough Subs: Guzan, Nsue, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Downing, Fischer, Stuani

Claudio Ranieri makes one change to his side from the previous gameweek, with Andy King replacing the suspended Danny Drinkwater

Aitor Karanka names an unchanged side from the one which lost narrowly at home to Chelsea last weekend.

Leicester XI: Zieler; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, King, Amartey, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Middlesbrough XI: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, de Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Ramirez, Negredo

Team news is about 5 minutes away, some Boro fans will be hoping to see Jordan Rhodes lead the line. Aitor Karanka said in mid-week that he still favours Negredo, but we shall wait and see.

Another returning player is David Nugent. Nugent spent four years in the East Midlands and scored 54 goals during his spell, which also saw them promoted back to the Premier League in 2014.

Robert Huth is not the only Leicester defender to play against his former club, as Ritchie de Laet also played for Middlesbrough, albeit more recently.

De Laet spent the end of last season on loan to Boro where he helped Aitor Karanka's side gain promotion. Had he won the Championship title on Teesside, he would have won a winners medal for both of the top tiers in English football.

Since his transfer from Stoke City in January of 2015, Robert Huth has been a rock at the heart of Leicester City's defence and the German will come up against another one of his former teams in the shape of Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Huth joined Gareth Southgate's side in 2006 for around £7 million from Chelsea, where he became a regular until being sold following the club's relegation in 2009.

Claudio Ranieri will be without Danny Drinkwater for Saturday's match up, as the English midfielder was banned for three matches following an incident with Watford's Swiss player Valon Behrami.

Another doubt for the match is Leicester's record signing Islam Slimani who has missed the past two matches with a groin injury.

Slimani joined Kasper Schmeichel, Nampalys Mendy and Ben Chilwell on the sidelines for Ranieri, but the Italian will hope to have the former Sporting Lisbon striker ready for this weekend's match-up.

Fabio da Silva deputised for Friend in last weekend's match against Chelsea but was replaced after an hour so it remains to be seen whether or not he will feature at the King Power Stadium.

George Friend applauds the travelling fans after Boro's 1-1 draw with Manchester City | Photo: GettyImages/
George Friend applauds the travelling fans after Boro's 1-1 draw with Manchester City | Photo: GettyImages/Laurence Griffiths

Middlesbrough will be without left back George Friend. Friend, who has been Aitor Karanka's captain this season, picked up a knock before the Chelsea game but it has now been confirmed that the former Doncaster player could miss up to a month.‚Äč

This is the first top flight meeting between the two sides since 2004 when a Paul Dickov brace wasn't enough to earn Leicester all three points at the Riverside.

The sides have met on 10 occasions since then, but the last time Middlesbrough were victorious was back in 2002.

Both sides will be hoping to improve on their last Premier League results, having both fallen foul of defeats by one goal margins.

Leicester lost away at Watford thanks, in part, to a lovely strike by Arentinian midfielder Roberto Pereyra.

While Middlesbrough were beaten at home by Chelsea. The three points that the blues took away from the North East took them to top of the league.

Aitor Karanka's side has enjoyed a good run of form in recent weeks. A run which included away points at the Emirates and the Etihad as well as a first home win of the season against Bournemouth.

The Spanish head coach of Middlesbrough recently said that he would settle for 17th place come the end of the season, so the Teeside club are currently exceeding expectations.

While the foxes are unbeaten in Europe, they appear to be struggling back at home, as they sit just one place above their opponents, Middlesbrough, in 14th position.

Mahrez opens the scoring for Leicester in midweek | Photo: Stephen White/Camera Sport
Mahrez opens the scoring for Leicester in midweek | Photo: Stephen White/Camera Sport

Leicester City return to Premier League action following their 2-1 victory in the Champions League against the Belgian champions Club Brugge

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