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Leicester 2-0 Watford: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison on target

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy and James Maddison scored as Leicester beat bottom-club Watford to climb back to second in the Premier League.

After a goalless first half, Vardy fired the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after Adam Masina had fouled Jonny Evans.

Maddison then made sure of the win in stoppage time, breaking away before slipping the ball past Ben Foster in the Watford goal.

The win moved Leicester back above Manchester City into second place, eight points behind leaders Liverpool - assuming the Reds see out victory over Everton in the evening's late kick-off.

It was also Leicester's seventh consecutive top-flight win, equalling a club record that was set in March 1963 and surpassing any run they were able to manage in their title-winning season in 2015-16.

Defeat, meanwhile, leaves managerless Watford bottom of the table and they are now seven points adrift of safety after Southampton beat Norwich to move out of the relegation zone.

The Hornets did not manage a shot on target at the King Power Stadium until the 90th minute when Domingos Quina hit a tame effort at Kasper Schmeichel as the visitors slumped to a ninth defeat in 15 games.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4SöyüncüBooked at 41mins
  • 28Fuchs
  • 25NdidiBooked at 63mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forPraetat 45'minutes
  • 8TielemansSubstituted forChoudhuryat 69'minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forJustinat 80'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 38mins

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 20Choudhury
  • 26Praet

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15Cathcart
  • 11MasinaBooked at 90mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29Capoue
  • 19HughesSubstituted forQuinaat 83'minutes
  • 9DeeneySubstituted forGrayat 87'minutes
  • 7DeulofeuBooked at 46minsSubstituted forSuccessat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18Gray
  • 20Quina
  • 22Success
  • 24Dele-Bashiru
  • 36Foulquier
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
31,763

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Watford 0.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 2, Watford 0. James Maddison (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Justin with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Domingos Quina (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kiko Femenía.

Foul by Dennis Praet (Leicester City).

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Adam Masina (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Masina (Watford).

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Masina with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Troy Deeney.

Foul by Dennis Praet (Leicester City).

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

Attempt blocked. Dennis Praet (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Justin.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Domingos Quina replaces Will Hughes.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Success (Watford).

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. James Justin replaces Harvey Barnes.

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Masina (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.

Hand ball by Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kiko Femenía.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Youri Tielemans.

Foul by Harvey Barnes (Leicester City).

Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Masina (Watford).

Booking

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adam Masina.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.

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