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Summary

  1. Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Ulloa, Vardy
  2. Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Surman, Arter, Gosling, Ritchie, Stanislas, King.

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

A chance missed you have to say. 

Riyad Mahrez saw a spot-kick saved and Leicester have only themselves to blame as they slip to just two points from a possible nine over the recent period.

Eddie Howe is on the pitch protesting with the referee after seeing his side reduced to 10 men when Simon Francis was sent off. An entertaining goalless draw and Arsenal are the real winners it seems.

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And surely that will be it as Artur Boruc clasps another cross to his chest.

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Jamie Vardy goes down in the box and wants a penalty... nothing doing. It was a tangle of legs but the striker seemed to run across his man.

Steve Cook is well-placed to clear another ball into the box.

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Premier League grafters...

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That was before kick-off. Once again Bournemouth have out-ran their opponents. They've clocked 114km as a team as I write this compared to 111km by the home side.

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As the 90 minutes ticks up Claudio Ranieri waves furiously at his players to get the ball forward.

We expect four minutes of added time... and that's what the board says.

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Riyad Mahrez... double step over as he enters the area... can he wiggle space? He does but Artur Boruc again denies him.

Corner... flicked on by Jamie Vardy... just wide.

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Leicester continue to push and build pressure as Jamie Vardy hangs a cross up to the back stick which has to be headed behind.

Christian Fuchs tried to whip the corner straight in with Artur Boruc off his line... side netting.

What a finish we will have here.

CLOSE!

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Richie de Laet down the right flank, his first involvement... drills a ball across goal and it's turned wide by N'Golo Kante.

Arsenal lead...

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

GOAL! #Arsenal 1-0 #NUFC Arsenal get the breakthrough - Laurent Koscielny poking in for the Gunners bbc.in/1YVFyvG

That is not good news for Leicester. They need a goal or the gap at the top will stretch to two points.

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Shinji Okazaki fires a volley wide from a Jamie Vardy knock down.

The Japanese forward replaced Marc Albrighton a short time ago and nearly had a telling impact.

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You can see the change in territory now...

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The home side are taking Danny Simpson off at right-back for Richie de Laet. Like for like it seems but fresh legs I guess.

Another win would be priceless for Claudio Ranieri's side.

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I've just realised I have Riyad Mahrez in my fantasy football team. Docked points for a missed penalty I'd guess? Not good.

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If it's a penalty it shouldn't be a sending off. Rule has been a double punishment for too long #bbcfootball

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Charlie Daniels gets forward down the Bournemouth left, there's very little on so why not? He has a crack which floats harmlessly wide.

At the other end Danny Simpson makes a charging run and gets picked out, into the area he bursts to deliver a low cross which is held by Artur Boruc.

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Junior Stanislas has taken a heavy landing and needs some treatment from the Bournemouth bench. Eddie Howe cuts a frustrated figure, his brow is furrowed as he gets a new stick of gum.

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

This is a must-win for Leicester City now you feel. Even by Claudio Ranieri's pessimistic view, they have the chance to pass the hallowed 40-point mark.

It's one-way traffic and you get the sense Bournemouth will need to maximise the use of set plays. Leicester have a corner for now... it's cleared as far as N'Golo Kante... over the bar from 25 yards.

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7 - Jamie Vardy has won seven penalties since the start of 2014-15 in the Premier League; two more than any other player. Banged.

'Where's the discretion?'

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Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

“I thought it was a great tackle. Jamie Vardy is quick. He’s in front of Simon Francis, and the defender now has a choice to make. Is he going to tackle, or is he going to let Vardy get a shot in on goal. He chooses to make the tackle.

"He grapples with the player, but he makes contact on the ball. It’s bad enough to give away the penalty, I’m not sure the referee needs to send off Simon Francis. I have seen referees give the penalty and not send the player off. Where's the discretion?”

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No magical 21 for Riyad... yet.

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Another look at the penalty and it looks the right call. The only question is was it in the box? The initial contact may have been outside. Simon Francis has stayed near the tunnel to watch after his red card.

Leicester are buoyed now despite the penalty miss. One-way traffic as you may expect. Sylvain Distin is coming on for Harry Arter as Bournemouth fill the Francis-shaped hole in their back four.

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Riyad Mahrez, the man who can do no wrong this season. It will be left footed AND IT'S SAVED. He went to Artur Boruc's left and the keeper guessed correctly. The ball was at a perfect height. A good save as the ball is pushed away.

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Simon Francis will walk for this, a red card surely? Yes. 

He felled Jamie Vardy as the striker raced clear. No questions on first look. It will be Riyad Mahrez...

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Junior Stanislas has the ball in midfield for Bournemouth, well-shacked and robbed by Danny Drinkwater. The away side need a spell of possession to settle in this second half. Here we go, is this it? Stanislas has the ball back and a neat one-two with Glenn Murray gives him crossing space.. Robert Huth boots clear.

SUBSTITUTION

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Glenn Murray is on for Josh King but there's a slightly jaded look to Bournemouth all of a sudden.

'Unbelievable miss'

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Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

"Leicester v Bournemouth has been a terrific game and that was a great save from Artur Boruc.

"But then that is an unbelievable miss from Wes Morgan. He has to score."

CLOSE!

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Jamie Vardy chases a long ball down. His touch is poor as the ball bobbles around his knees so he checks back some 25 yards from goal. A whipped effort... brilliantly tipped around the post by Artur Boruc.

That was a very testing effort and now in comes the corner... WES MORGAN... over. On the stretch, the Leicester captain had the goal at his mercy but could only fling a leg at the ball to desperately volley over.

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It looks like, perhaps as you would expect, Riyad Mahrez has moved into more of a striker's role behind Jamie Vardy now that Leonardo Ulloa has left the field.

Mahrez was well-shackled in the first half so a move closer to goal may yield dividends.

What about Ulloa? He had 25 touches but only completed 53% of his passes. Ulloa has made just five starts in the league this season.

Leicester's mountain to climb...

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

It seems Leicester - who have defied the odds all season - will have to upset recent history once again if they are to win the Premier League.

They kick-off the new year behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference...

1 - In five of the last six Premier League seasons, the side top on New Year's Day has gone on to lift the Premier League title. Summit.

KICK-OFF

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We are back under way.

I'll let you know what shape Leicester adopt with Nathan Dyer introduced.

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Nathan Dyer is coming on for Leonardo Ulloa. That will mean a shift in style for Leicester who went direct to Ulloa a lot in that opening period.

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A look at the average positions Bournemouth players took up in that first half perhaps shows their ambition.

There's nothing compact about their shape. Central defenders split, full-backs pushed on.

They were positive, there's no doubt about that.

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Might be 0-0 but it's not a bad game, this. Bournemouth really very decent. We do look a bit tired, mind #LCFC #bbcfootball

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Leicester had less than 20% of the ball in the opening 15 minutes so they have progressed into the game at least.

They've had five shots to their visitors' four but not a single effort has hit the target so far.

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Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Just the one goal in the Premier League is hardly enticing. Good news for Leicester though, I guess, as this point would keep them well in contact with those above them. It's a day for defenders so far.

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HALF-TIME

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Classic? No. Decent entertainment? Yes.A cracking chance wasted by Jamie Vardy will annoy home fans (he really should have scored), while Josh King and Junior Stanislas look a threat for Bournemouth.

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Riyad Mahrez picks the ball 30 yards from goal but Harry Arter is like his shadow, snapping away, he throws the Algerian off the ball. Good defensive play. Mahrez has earned that kind of attention.

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

There is very little in this. Two well-drilled sides with clear direction of what their manager wants. Josh King has been a handful. Leicester are more direct than their visitors and often bypass midfield in search of Leonardo Ulloa.

Both sides have had chances, but the way it's looking a single goal could win this. It has that sort of tight feel about it.

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N'Golo Kante has drawn no end of plaudits and again he looks on song in the heart of Leicester's midfield. Just one pass (red) has been poor so far today.

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Junior Stanislas whips a free-kick into the box and the curl and bounce briefly worry Kasper Schmeichel but the ball bounces over the bar.

CLOSE!

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Josh King is really carrying the fight to Leicester's back four and he works Robert Huth down the right channel. King checks back and cuts the ball back for Dan Gosling... over. A superb chance just 12 yards out.

We go to the other end, suddenly there's pace to the game and Jamie Vardy is slipped in behind... wide. He shoots across goal. They were going in for the England striker a few weeks ago.