This was one thing of an oddity of a match: open however missing copious goalscoring possibilities, a lot of the play occurring between the 2 containers. By the ultimate whistle Burnley had 29 factors, six away from Fulham within the remaining relegation place, whereas Leicester had reached 50, six higher than fifth-placed Chelsea within the race for a Champions League berth.
Each Sean Dyche and Brendan Rodgers would have most popular victory, in fact, however at this stage of the marketing campaign the Burnley and Leicester managers will be content material with the draw and transfer on.
Dyche’s sole change was Chris Wooden for Jay Rodriguez in assault, from the XI that misplaced 4-0 at Tottenham. Rodgers was compelled to usher in Daniel Amartey and Hamza Choudhury for the injured Jonny Evans and Harvey Barnes from the facet that went down 3-1 to Arsenal, whereas Luke Thomas was dropped for Nampalys Mendy.
Choudhury was the wrongdoer who allowed Burnley an excellent begin. The midfielder is not going to want to see a replay of his cross straight to a lurking Matej Vydra exterior his space. The striker swooped previous Wilfred Ndidi and smashed residence for a Clarets lead solely 4 minutes in.
Dyche’s group had already placed on strain with two Dwight McNeil free-kicks in fast succession. Every of those was from the left: the primary headed over by Ben Mee, the second hit into Kasper Schmeichel’s fingers.
Rodgers could have been nonplussed at how the Foxes had conceded however their response was brilliant. Youri Tielemans quickly had a few corners. The opener got here again to him and he made for the penalty space, the place Charlie Taylor appeared to push the No 8 over however the referee, Andy Madley, dominated no penalty. No equaliser got here from the second nook, both, however Choudhury was cursing his luck at the way it was received within the first place: his shot into the turf was beating Nick Pope earlier than the goalkeeper flung out fingertips and flicked the ball over.
The subsequent act had Leicester skating upfield and Jamie Vardy – who was largely starved of alternative all through – peeling left to gather. His cross was intelligent, performed into house behind Burnley, however Kelechi Iheanacho didn’t share the centre-forward’s imaginative and prescient.
Leicester had been hardly performing just like the division’s third-placed facet. When James Tarkowski mis-hit a clearance for a nook this was a uncommon Foxes foray close to objective. Tielemans’s supply – cleared with ease – was indicative of their stuttering show earlier than a cultured transfer and strike revived them. Ndidi discovered the intelligent run of Iheanacho with a pinpoint chip and when the ball dropped over his shoulder the ahead’s volley was purely struck, permitting Pope no probability: a supreme end.
Additionally excellent had been how Schmeichel pounced to his left to maintain Tarkowski’s towering header out just a little later, and Pope when beating away a Tielemans shot on an angle because the half ended degree.
It was changing into a story of goalkeeping feats – notably from Schmeichel. He dived left to parry a Wooden header, then, later, to his proper to repel the identical participant’s deflected shot. At this juncture Burnley once more appeared extra more likely to rating, with Leicester devoid of concepts.
But this was additionally true of the competition because it meandered into its closing section. Relatively than a free-flowing transfer, the match may need turned on a second of particular person magic akin to Iheanacho’s – as when Ashley Westwood flicked the ball up and hit a volley that skidded previous Schmeichel however not his proper put up, rebounding to security.
On the finish Tielemans hit Pope’s proper put up by way of a Jack Cork deflection however a draw felt truthful.