PREM: Leicester 3-0 Watford


Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring Leicester’s second goak

Leicester maintained their perfect home record under Craig Shakespeare in the Premier League as they beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday.


Wilfred Ndidi gave the hosts the lead in the 38th minute before Riyad Mahrez scored on his 100th Premier League appearance early in the second half. Marc Albrighton capped off the win when he finished off a swift counter in injury-time.

The victory sees the Foxes move up to ninth and Shakespeare becomes the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League home games after Manuel Pellegrini, Sven Goran Eriksson and Carlo Ancelotti.

While Shakespeare's future beyond the end of the season is unclear, this was yet another impressive win to add to his resume, having taken over in February with the Foxes fighting relegation.

Watford, meanwhile, have now lost three in a row and finish the season with trips to Everton and Chelsea before hosting Manchester City.

Leicester were unchanged from their win over West Brom, but top scorer Troy Deeney dropped to the bench for Watford in place of Stefano Okaka. There was little between the sides in the early stages, with Tom Cleverley curling a first-time shot wide from the edge of the box and Adrian Mariappa then turning a cross onto his own post at the other end.

Heurelho Gomes made a sharp save to turn away a header from defender Christian Kabasele, but the visitors improved as the half wore on and Kasper Schmeichel had to save from Okaka and Cleverley. It was against the run of play when Leicester opened the scoring, with a cross falling for Ndidi to fire in from close range.

Mahrez struck the top of the bar shortly afterwards, and the Algerian doubled the lead shortly before the hour-mark (58), finishing from a tight angle after Mariappa failed to clear. Jamie Vardy shot at Gomes and substitute Islam Slimani blazed over the bar as the Foxes pressed for more goals.

Watford's only opportunities came from distance, with Schmeichel saving from M'Baye Niang and Cleverley, and it was the hosts who had the final say as Albrighton finished to beat Gomes at his near post in injury-time (90+3).


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