Leicester remain in third place but fourth-placed Chelsea would close the gap to just two points if they beat struggling Fulham on Saturday.

Jonny Evans scored a header against Southampton in the 68th minute. AP

After a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton at St. Mary’s on Friday, Leicester missed a chance to consolidate third place in the Premier League.

Southampton had 80 minutes without the Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard will play after being sent off for a foul on Jamie Vardy.

But James Ward-Prowse’s penalty in the second half gave Ralph Hasenhuttl a brief lead before Jonny Evans led the Leicester equalizer.

Leicester remains in third place but fourth placed Chelsea would close the gap to just two points if they beat Fulham on Saturday.

Fourth place will be reduced to one place in Europa League qualifying, if Chelsea wins the Champions League, Arsenal wins the Europa League and both clubs end up outside the top 4. So Leicester has to stay in third place in order to qualify for the next Champions League Qualifying for the season.

Fourth place may be enough for Brendan Rodgers’ team, but they only have four games left to secure their place in European elite club competition.

“A bit frustrating but I don’t think we did enough to win the game. A great opportunity against 10 men and we are usually very good at it, “said Rodgers.

” Give Southampton credit, they defended deeply and compactly but we are disappointed. The speed was too slow. We didn’t really start playing at this pace until we equalized.

“If we get back on Monday, that’s another point we want to go. We now have four games to go. We’re in a brilliant position. “

In an FA Cup semi-final rematch after Leicester’s 1-0 win at Wembley two weeks ago, Southampton did better to end the loss in three games.

– Defiant Southampton –
Leicester had a 9-0 win over Southampton on their last visit to St. Mary’s in 2019.

But this time they found it much more difficult and should have stayed early than Nathan Tella, who was eight meters from goal was not marked, took a weak shot at Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Southampton was reduced to 10 men in the 10th minute after Vestergaard’s slip let Vardy through cleanly on the edge of the box.

Vestergaard responded to his mistake with a desperate duel, but despite having contact with the ball, the center-back rattled Vardy’s ankle and received a red card from referee Robert Jones.

It took over half an hour for Leicester to work out a serious chance to when Kelechi Iheanacho picked Youri Tielemans and the Belgian’s low drive forced a fine from Alex McCarthy, Keeper of the Saints, at his nearby post.

Southampton Fought impressively and took the lead in the 61st minute thanks to a helping hand from Iheanacho.

Stuart Armstrong’s shot hit Iheanacho’s outstretched arm and Jones pointed to the spot. Ward-Prowse knocked the penalty past Schmeichel for his ninth goal of the season.

Leicester leveled in the 68th minute when Evans hit Iheanacho’s cross with a powerful header that gave McCarthy no chance.

Vardy, pitched by James Maddison’s pass, Leicester could have won it with seven minutes remaining, but McCarthy brilliantly saved his legs to fend off the melee.

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Leicester City has a four-point advantage over the fifth West Ham. After the 3-0 win against West Brom on Thursday, there are still six games to play.

Iheanacho’s 10th goal of the season in the Premier League – and 17th in all competitions – secured the Foxes a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Monday.

Nigerian striker Iheanacho sealed Leicester’s second straight win when he hit with a thunderous finish 10 minutes from time.

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