Analysis

The Debrief: First-half troubles on the road continue

We look at some of the pertinent statistics from last night’s game at Leicester, where damage done before the interval again proved our undoing away from home.

Prior to yesterday’s fixture, Leicester had won nine out of nine league games in which they had scored first this season, so conceding after six minutes was always going to leave us with an uphill battle against well-disciplined opposition. 

It continued a trend of starting slowly on the road. In our 10 away league games this season we have scored three goals in the first half (one each in the wins at Brighton, Burnley and Newcastle) and conceded eight. The deficit last night followed similarly irreversible ones at Everton and Arsenal recently. 

In the first half at the King Power, Leicester had more shots than us, more shots on target, five corner kicks to our one, two big chances to our none, and also hit the woodwork once.

By full-time, we had attempted nine shots to Leicester’s eight, but the Expected Goals map above shows their chances were of a higher quality overall. 

Since the start of last season, only Newcastle (52) have conceded more away goals in the Premier League than Chelsea (50). 

Solid Leicester

Leicester won 57 per cent of the aerial duels contested. Their centre-backs contributed with Wesley Fofana recording a game-high seven clearances and Jonny Evans topping the list of interceptions with five. 

We had a 64.4 per cent share of possession, although it was our back five on the ball for well over half (37.7 per cent) of that time.

Nobody spent more time in possession (10.7 per cent), had more touches (113) or completed more passes (98) than Toni Rudiger.

Mason Mount was a standout performer for us and his four key passes and eight tackles won were both game-high figures. 

Mateo Kovacic won all five of the tackles he attempted, and his four successful dribbles were twice as many as anyone else.

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