After a hapless 2-0 loss to relegation rivals Swansea, Leicester City are in huge danger of going down.
The first half started in typical fashion. It seems that this season Leicester either don't show up from kickoff, or start okay before self-destructing in the final ten minutes of the half. Today it was the latter, and it certainly wasn't pretty.
The opening 30 minutes didn't offer many chances for either side. Swansea had their fair share of possession, but looked more dangerous in set piece situations. That tends to be the case when you've got one of the best set piece takers in the league in Gylfi Sigurdsson on your roster.
Considering Leicester's inability to deal with set pieces, you'd think they'd try not to give away so many, but that certainly wasn't the case when Robert Huth cynically brought down Tom Carroll 40 yards from goal.
Aside from the fact the 50-50 challenge could've easily warranted a red, you don't give Sigurdsson a central free kick anywhere in your own half, especially if your team doesn’t know how to mark properly.
The Icelandic international struck a powerful free kick towards the edge of the 6-yard box, which was headed out to an unmarked Federico Fernández, who headed it back across goal for Alfie Mawson, who was also unmarked, to slot home on the volley and make it 1-0 to the hosts.
Just like last week against Manchester United, that goal killed what little confidence Leicester had. Swansea got their second not long after, as Sigurdsson played in Martin Olsson. Leicester's entire right hand side was dragged towards the ball, which meant Olsson had acres of space to waltz into the box and slot the ball into the back of the to make it 2-0 in the dying minutes of the half.
Claudio Ranieri made a double substitution at the break, replacing Marc Albrighton and Christian Fuchs for Islam Slimani and Ben Chilwell. Although neither Fuchs nor Albrighton offered much in the first half, it makes zero sense to drop two of your best crossers of the ball when you're bringing on a target man.
Slimani did nearly get on the scoresheet after Riyad Mahrez played him in, but Łukasz Fabiański was out of his goal quickly to get a crucial touch on the Algerian's left footed strike.
That was the closest the Foxes came to scoring as the hosts were content to sit back and defend. Things got even more puzzling when Ranieri used his final sub to swap Danny Simpson for Daniel Amartey, instead of bringing on a striker down 2 with 20 minutes to play.
The pressure's certainly mounting on Ranieri after the team's 5th straight league loss. The Italian seems to have no answer to the problems that plague the team week in, week out, and has clearly run out of ideas tactically. Leicester are still hanging a mere point of the drop zone, but things are looking more and more dire.