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Middlesbrough - Leicester City
Premier League - 2 January 2017
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FT: Boro 0-0 Leicester. The two strugglers fight out a turgid draw. Boro had the better of it but there were few chances of note, with Ramirez firing the best one wide late on. It means the Foxes have not won in 10 away matches this season.
The free kick is worked into the box but King's flick header hits Guzan - and the referee blows for FT.
Musa breaks at pace. He finds Ulloa on the left of the area but it's cleared inside the six-yard box. Boro struggling to move it to safety though. Free kick to the Foxes 30 yards out. One last chance....
Downing heads a right-wing cross back into the mix... hacked clear. That could be it.
Boro pressing... Can they sneak a winner?
- Yellow cardAdam ClaytonMiddlesbrough
Musa on the counter attack for Leicester, but he slows it down as he reaches the area. Amartey refuses the chance to shoot and when it does eventually find its way into the box from the left, Ulloa heads over.
Five minutes added.
- OffAdam ForshawMiddlesbrough
- OnGrant LeadbitterMiddlesbrough
BORO CHANGE: Leadbitter on, Forshaw off.
Gibson back on his feet. Ulloa knocks the 'drop' ball back to Guzan. Time running out now for some late drama.
Gibson down after a tackle from Musa. Play currently halted.
Boro could maybe claim to have had the better of it. They've been the stronger side in this second half. Chances have been at a premium though.
As it stands, the Foxes' search for that elusive win on their travels goes on...
Boro should have taken the lead there. Ramirez on his left foot would normally pay dividends. The lack of goals and profligate finishing could well be their downfall in terms of the relegation scrap.
- OffNampalys MendyLeicester City
- OnMarc AlbrightonLeicester City
LEICESTER CHANGE: Mendy off, Albrighton on.
BIG CHANCE! Morgan miscues a clearance straight to Ramirez who lashes wide of the near post form eight yards out.
- OffAdama TraoréMiddlesbrough
- OnStewart DowningMiddlesbrough
BORO CHANGE: Downing on, Traore off.
Worst cross of the afternoon from Friend who has been superb since coming on in the first period. This time it's too close to Schmeichel and the keeper plucks it out of the air under no pressure.
Boro definitely asking more questions with plenty of balls into the box. Leicester's centre backs have stood firm so far though.
Good tracking back from Musa after a ball in-behind had threatened to put Friend through on the left side of the area.
This has been very poor.
- OffShinji OkazakiLeicester City
- OnDemarai GrayLeicester City
LEICESTER CHANGE: Gray on for Okazaki.
Fine goalkeeping from Schemichel as he reads Forshaw's cross and comes way off his line to ease the pressure on his defence. Good hands.
- OffRiyad MahrezLeicester City
- OnAhmed MusaLeicester City
LEICESTER CHANGE: Mahrez off, Musa on.
Adam Forshaw somehow fails to covert after more great play by Friend. The midfielder arrives late to meet the sumptuous cross on the run, but fails to connect with his head and it bounces off him before being hacked away.
Ulloa meets Fuchs' left-wing corner but his header flies straight at Guzan.
Are we going to have some late drama here? It's been rather disappointing so far.
Friend with some brilliant work on the left. He wriggles past one and then another before crashing a rising right-foot drive over the top.
Traore with another run and cross but again the end product doesn't match the initial industry.
Another teasing ball in from Friend. Negredo can't quite get there and Fuchs chests back to his keeper.
Huth heads away well under pressure from Fabio's testing cross.
Fabio picks up the loose ball but lashes well wide of the far post from 25 yards.
Fuchs shows good composure to turn away from his own goal and clear after Friend's devilish cross from the left was missed by a flurry of Boro shirts in the middle.
Ulloa chests it into the path of Mahrez to shoot... but it's well blocked.
STAT: Boro are on course to keep successive Premier League home clean sheets for the first time since clocking up three in a row in 2009.
The hour mark is approaching - still nothing of note.
King shoots from distance... well wide.
King teases a lovely ball across the six-yard box but no-one is there to apply the finish.
Ramirez with a speculative attempt from 35 yards on the right. Easily blocked. Again, lots of endeavour but...
Boro bidding for their first back-to-back home wins in the same PL season since 2008-09.
Ramirez with two quick-fire deliveries from the right, but Leicester defend both well at the near post.
Friend lets rip but Schmeichel is right behind it.
Ramirez with space on the right just outside the area. He hesitates and then passes back, deep into the midfield! That sums up this match!
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! The Foxes restart the match.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Boro 0-0 Leicester. No chances of real note as a lively but low quality first 45 concludes.
Two minutes added.
- Yellow cardBen GibsonMiddlesbrough
Ben Gibson cautioned for halting Mahrez as he looked to break.
Leicester aiming to avoid becoming the first champions to lose eight of their opening 10 away encounters. How Ranieri would love to start 2017 with that first PL away win of the campaign. Long overdue....
Mahrez lets fly from 30 yards but Guzan has plenty of time to get down at his left-hand post and move his body behind it. Easy save.
At the other end Mahrez looks to sneak clear in the box but is thwarted by a great last-ditch challenge from Fabio.
A cracking first-time 25-yarder from de Roon looks dangerous but takes a big deflection and flies off target.
Friend digs out a cross from the left but Morgan is well placed to head to safety.
Traore with a lovely one-two. He rampages to the right byline but hangs up a poor cross that manages to avoid a runner at the near and far post. Final ball again the issue.
- OffAntonio BarragánMiddlesbrough
- OnGeorge FriendMiddlesbrough
BORO CHANGE: Barragan, who has just returned from a one-match ban, is forced off with what looks like a hamstring problem. George Friend comes on.
Play halted as Barragan receives treatment. Hard to see him being able to continue.
Barragan has pulled up clutching his hamstring. Not a good sign for the hosts.
Ramirez looks to change that with a fizzing free kick from the right that Negredo can only slide into the side netting from a narrow angle at the far post.
Fair to say not much has happened in this match so far. Lots of work ethic but little in terms of quality.
Ramirez looks to ghost between two on the right but runs straight into Mendy. Referee having none of it.
Boro have lost their last two (both on their travels) and have won just one of the last five PL matches, losing four.
- Yellow cardGastón RamírezMiddlesbrough
Ramirez booked for dissent.
Simpson saves the day with a block followed by a well-timed sliding challenge after Negredo had threatened to muscle his way into a shooting position.
Leicester hack it away under duress after de Roon had headed a right-wing delivery back into the six-yard box.
Mahrez wins another free kick. It's just outside the area to the far left. King fires it in but it's straight into the midriff of Guzan.
Traore has been Boro's best player so far. Lots of pace and purpose on that right wing.
Marten de Roon can only steer a first-time shot over the bar after Traore's cut back from the right fell just behind him.
PENALTY SHOUT! Traore glides in from the right, slaloming beyond three before tumbling in the area as Huth came to meet him. The referee waves away the appeals.
Negredo attempts a spectacular volley from the edge of the area that hits Fuchs and loops up kindly for Schmeichel to come out and claim.
Ramirez switches it to the opposite flank with a raking ball to Traore who takes his eye off it and lets it go out for a throw. It sums up Boro so far. Too many careless touches when they have threatened to make inroads in the attacking third.
The home side are having to work hard to deal with the champions' aerial threat. They just about deal with the corner and another hanging delivery on the follow up. Leicester have settled well.
Gibson scuffs a clearance behind after Fuchs had miscued a first-time effort from the left of the box.
Mahrez cracks a left-foot shot into the wall. A real waste.
Mahrez wins a free kick 25 yards out. Dangerous position.
NEW YEAR HANGOVERS? The Foxes have failed to pick up a victory in their first Premier League match of the calendar year on the last 10 occasions (D6, L4).
Fuchs rifles a low effort wide from the left of the area. Decent couple of minutes from the champions.
Ulloa meets the hanging cross but Okazaki can't quite stretch enough to get on the end of the knock down.
Free kick to the Foxes. Morgan and Huth push forward. Mahrez will angle it into the area from 45 yards...
Boro attack down the opposite flank but Ramirez's touch is too heavy as he attempts to surge into the box and Morgan is across to shield the ball behind.
A powerhouse run down the right from Adama Traore sees the midfielder lose his footing at the crucial point at the byline.
DID YOU KNOW? Leicester are six Premier League games without a win against Boro since a 3-0 away-day success back in November 2000.
Leicester can leap up to 11th with a win. Boro could move above the Foxes and Stoke if they pick up the three points.
A first PL start for Leonardo Ulloa up top and only a second for Nampalys Mendy in the visitors' midfield.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Boro get the teams underway for the first time in 2017.
The Riverside is the venue that has seen the fewest goals in the PL this season. There have been just 19 in total with Boro's lack of firepower something the manager seems keen to address as news filters through about the imminent arrival of a new striker...
Leicester's key changes see Slimani - the matchwinner v West Ham - miss out with a fever. Danny Drinkwater is also absent as Ranieri opts to protect the midfielder in terms of recovery time between matches following injury.
Plenty of changes with just 48 hours since the teams were last in action. It's a five apiece with the headline news for Boro seeing Brad Guzan coming in for Victor Valdes between the sticks. Antonio Barragan returns from a one-match ban while Gaston Ramirez also features.
The Foxes have yet to win in nine attempts on their PL travels so far this term. They have lost on seven occasions with only Burnley lamenting a worse record away from home.
Leicester will lose Slimani and Mahrez to the Africa Cup of Nations after this match with boss Ranieri wanting more from the latter when he returns. Can Mahrez sign off in style today?
Aitor Karanka: "Now is the most important game in the season because it is against a direct opponent. All this season these are the kind of games we have to win. We are playing at home and always I say if we are playing this way we will win games against our opponents like we did against Swansea, against Hull, against Bournemouth. We know if we play with less intensity than we did (against Manchester United) we have problems, so we need to play with at least the same intensity."
A BIT OF PREVIOUS: The sides drew 2-2 at the King Power in November. Boro led twice through Alvaro Negredo but Islam Slimani's injury-time penalty rescued the draw for the Foxes.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - MIDDLESBROUGH: Guzan; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio; Traore, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Ramirez; Negredo... Subs: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Rhodes, Stuani, Downing. /// LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; King, Amartey, Mendy, Mahrez; Okazaki, Ulloa... Subs: Zieler, Chilwell, Wasilewski, Musa, Albrighton, Hernandez, Gray.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Premier League clash between Middlesbrough and Leicester City at the Riverside Stadium. For Foxes fans 2016 will live long in the memory but as the champions head into their first match of the new year they are faced with the very real prospect of a relegation battle. The New Year's Eve triumph over West Ham has given Claudio Ranieri's men some breathing space, but this remains very much a battle between two sides scrapping for survival. It's 16th against 15th and all gets underway at 12.30pm GMT.