January 17, 2022

Leicester ease previous Watford on Ranieri’s return

Claudio Ranieri’s return to Leicester resulted in disappointment as Brendan Rodgers’ facet bought again to profitable methods within the Premier League with a 4-2 victory over Watford in snowy circumstances on the King Energy Stadium.

The previous Leicester boss, who led the membership to the Premier League title in 2016, was given a hero’s welcome by the house followers earlier than the sport, however his facet had been behind within the 16th minute after James Maddison capitalised on an error from William Ekong.

He bought the reception the followers needed to offer him. We knew it was all the way down to enterprise on the pitch, although, and we needed the win.

Jamie Vardy on Claudio Ranieri’s return

Nonetheless, Watford responded effectively and deserved their equaliser on the half-hour mark when Josh King netted from the penalty spot after Emmanuel Dennis was introduced down by Wilfred Ndidi within the penalty space.

The snow began to fall closely in Leicester making circumstances tough, however it didn’t cease Jamie Vardy as his quickfire double (34, 42) despatched the hosts into the break with a commanding lead.

Watford bought again into the sport within the 61st minute when Dennis pounced to attain after Timothy Castagne’s error, however they did not construct on the objective and Leicester made the sport protected simply seven minutes later when Ademola Lookman scored his first Premier League objective for the Foxes (68).

Victory sees Rodgers’ facet finish a run of three video games and not using a win within the high flight to maneuver as much as ninth within the desk, whereas defeat retains Watford in 16th, 4 factors away from the drop zone.

How Leicester ruined Ranieri’s King Energy return…

Jamie Vardy makes it 2-1 to Leicester

Jamie Vardy makes it 2-1 to Leicester

Watford had proven sufficient to recommend they may fear a Leicester defence missing in confidence just for Ranieri’s facet to reward the hosts a 16th-minute lead.

Jonny Evans launched a innocent ball ahead which ought to have been comfy for Ekong however the defender ducked beneath anticipating Daniel Bachmann to gather. He had not seen Maddison stealing in behind him and the midfielder seized the prospect by discovering the nook of the web.

Watford had been undeterred, although, and Kasper Schmeichel denied Dennis earlier than Cucho Hernandez’s 20-yard strike hit Caglar Soyuncu and looped onto the within of the put up.

Participant scores

Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (5), Evans (6), Soyuncu (6), Thomas(6), Ndidi (5), Soumare (7), Barnes (7), Maddison (8), Lookman (7), Vardy (8).

Subs: Albrighton (n/a), Dewsbury-Corridor (n/a)

Watford: Bachmann (7), Femenia (7), Cathcart (6), Ekong (5), Masina (6), Louza (5), Sissoko (7), Cleverley (5), Dennis (7), King (6), Hernandez (7).

Subs: Pedro (6), Tufan (6), Fletcher (5).

Man of the match: James Maddison.

If Leicester thought they’d escaped they had been mistaken as Watford continued to press and bought their reward from the spot after half an hour. Ndidi’s reckless journey on Dennis gave referee Andrew Madley little possibility and King beat Schmeichel for his fifth objective of the season.

But the Hornets had been undone 4 minutes later by a bit of Maddison brilliance. The 25-year-old clipped an beautiful cross excessive for Vardy and he lifted the ball over an advancing Bachmann from an angle, celebrating in entrance of his previous boss.

Eight minutes later the previous England striker made it 3-1 when he once more mixed with Maddison to look in his nook.

Vardy scored 24 occasions when Ranieri took Leicester to the title in 2016 and had given the Italian a reminder of his skills.

Group information…

  • Jonny Evans shook off a thigh drawback to be named in Leicester’s line-up to face Watford within the Premier League on Sunday. The defender pulled out of Thursday’s Europa League win over Legia Warsaw on the final minute however has proved his health whereas Jamie Vardy, rested in midweek, returned. .
  • Watford, with Claudio Ranieri returning to the King Energy Stadium the place he gained a memorable league title, had been lacking Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee) and Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring). Daniel Bachmann, William Ekong and Cucho Hernandez changed them

But the Foxes wanted Schmeichel to thwart King from shut vary after Hernandez – who ought to have tried a shot himself – teed him up quickly after the break.

Because the snow bought worse so did Leicester’s defending and Watford grasped a lifeline when Dennis robbed Castagne to dink over Schmeichel.

But it surely was one other false daybreak as Lookman added a fourth for the Foxes, tapping in Harvey Barnes’ cross quickly after.

A stretching Ozan Tufan poked simply extensive for Watford with six minutes left however there was no method again.

Opta stats: Leicester get again to profitable methods…

Leicester registered solely their third win of their final 10 Premier League matches (D3 L4) – regardless of this, the Foxes shipped two targets for a fifth consecutive dwelling Premier League sport, the primary time they’ve achieved that since a five-game run between April and August 2001.

Watford have conceded in every of their final 23 Premier League matches, delivery 45 targets within the course of, the longest present run of any Premier League facet and not using a clear sheet.

Along with his two targets on this sport, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy equalled Ian Wright’s file of scoring 93 targets within the Premier League aged 30+. Since his first sport aged 30 in January 2017, solely Harry Kane (108) and Mohamed Salah (106) have extra Premier League targets than Vardy.

Vardy has scored in 5 of his six dwelling Premier League appearances in opposition to Watford, netting six targets, the joint-most he is scored in opposition to an opponent on the King Energy Stadium for Leicester, together with each Arsenal and Liverpool.

What’s next?

Leicester go to Southampton at 7.30pm on Wednesday night within the Premier League, whereas Watford host Chelsea on the similar time. Free highlights from each video games might be accessible on the Sky Sports activities web site, App and YouTube channel.