Leicester 2, Watford 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Brendan Rodgers fielded almost the same team with Christian Fuchs slotted in on left back as Ben Chilwell had to withdraw with a slight knock. And as we all know Christian Fuchs is nothing to worry about he always delivers the expected.

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A struggling Watford team had a new man in charge for the game, former West Ham, Portsmouth and Crystal Palace defender Hayden Mullins. The now 40 year old is in caretaker charge as this club is in search for a new man to steer them out of the relegation zone.

But to come to King Power Stadium to collect points is a heavy affair and with only 9 goals scored so far, you wouldn’t expect a miracle this night either from Watford. From start it was all about Leicester City.

Chances came tick and fast during the first half, but it was difficult to find the net with Ben Foster in the Watford goal doing a number of good saves and keeping a clean sheet in the first half. Ayoze Perez, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy all had their opportunities but none of them were “lucky” enough to find the back of the net.

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2nd half was to become more “lucky” as Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot after 55 minutes. A clinical finish and Jamie Vardy’s 14th goal of the season, he is just been phenomenal so far. The penalty was a soft one. A bit of a battle between Jonny Evans and Adam Masina resulted in a penalty, with no VAR involved so it might have been clear enough to give a straight penalty, anyway Leicester were 1-0 up and no one could see Watford coming back.

Brendan Rodgers had allready done one change taking of Ayoze Perez after first half, replacing him with another new man Dennis Praet. James Justin and Hamza Choudhury was also given minutes as the squad rotation needs to be done with a heavy match program coming up. EFL Cup, Premier League and later in January FA Cup v. Wigan will all take it’s toll.

There were a few chances for both teams as the game went into stoppage time with Watford trying to push a bit forward, but Kasper Schmeichel never was challenged in any way with again a solid performance from the back four. Then in the last minute of stoppage time, the best player on the pitch, James Maddison gets the ball moves forward, dribbles and shoot, the ball goes over the line, and suddenly 2-0 is seen on the screen.

With Liverpool in massive form Leicester are the front runners-up three points in front of Manchester City. And to see us up there with 35 points after 15 games with 7 wins in a row and counting that Burton win in the EFL Cup it’s 8. Massive is the only word, it’s just great to see them flying this knitted group of players.

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Leicester will go to Aston Villa next, then it’s Norwich and also looking forward to that quarter final in the EFL Cup v. Everton rolling in after those two PL fixtures.

This was yet again a great evening at King Power Stadium and let’s hope it will all continue as the league season progress, and to see players just getting on with it, it looks very, very promising.

To sum it all up,

  • Positives:
    • James Maddison, he is really a force at the moment
    • Maybe not the best of days, but still a win and pushing on
    • Jamie Vardy, just impressive, nothing more to say
    • Praet, Justin and Choudhury all getting minutes
    • Solid defensively and doing enough offensively
  • Negatives:
    • Harvey Barnes not clinical enough, should score more
    • A few yellow cards, Vardy getting his 2nd
    • Too many wasted changes in the first half
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 7, Fuchs 6, Evans 7, Soyuncu 6, Ndidi 7,  Perez 6, Tielemans 6, Barnes 7, Vardy 7, Maddison 8, Subs: Praet 6, Choudhury, Justin

Match Stats: (Home / Away)

  • Possession: 57 / 43
  • Corners:  7 / 2
  • Shots on target: 6 / 1
  • Fouls: 9 / 14
  • Offsides: 2 / 1

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