The stats show why Leicester drew against Leeds United

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Kasper Schmeichel and Jonny Evans of Leicester City (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Leicester City drew 1-1 with Leeds United after a thrilling match. The statistics reveal why Brendan Rodgers’ side failed to win, but did not lose.

This was one of the most enthralling fixtures the Foxes have been involved in recently. It had almost everything: a potential red card incident ignored for offside, a VAR check for offside, a VAR check for handball, a potential injury to Tielemans, etc.

There is just too much to talk about in a single piece. So, let us review this match by looking at the statistics courtesy of Sofascore who update their stats live.

Leicester City defended hard

Leeds are known for being an aggressive, pacy, and technically adept side, using a series of quick passes to break apart defences and crush their opposition through an excessive quantity of chances. Their motto is that one chance will eventually makes its way through.

The white and gold side found themselves with 56% possession by the end of the match, with most of it played in Leicester’s half, having 18 shots and ten corners. Leeds were in the Foxes box too often, with ten of their shots from inside the box.

This shows they were creating a dew dangerous chances. However, Kasper Schmeichel came to the rescue again today, making four saves while the home side took nine of their shots off target.

The Midlands outfit had to defend heavily for most of the match, and their defensive statistics are ridiculous for a single fixture. They accumulated 32 tackles and 32 clearances.

Seven of those clearances came from Caglar Soyuncu with a further seven from Wilfred Ndidi. Every one of our players had to be involved in that defensive nightmare: constantly under pressure and always having to just push the ball forward.

It was this defensive resilience despite the onslaught which allowed Rodgers’ side to attain a point from the match. The whole back four and midfield were too busy defending to be particularly creative, but that is enough to get a draw.

It has to be said, the Harvey Barnes wonder goal was little more than a consolation shot after going behind, and yet it was taken with such quality that Illan Meslier – as good as he is – stood no chance of stopping it. Another goal of the season contender for the Foxes.

The King Power side did not create enough beyond this worldie to statistically balance the game or deserve to earn the three points. Nevertheless, the hard defending warranted at least a point, and we did think Ademola Lookman had given us the three points were it not for a controversial offside call. What did you make of the match? Let Foxes of Leicester know on our social media channels.