Leicester 4, Watford 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers kept it simple and made only two changes from the game v. Legia. Jamie Vardy came in for Patson Daka and Jonny Evans pushed Daniel Amartey to the bench. James Maddison made a great impression against the Polish and continued with a new great game today.

Another key point for todays game was the return of Claudio Ranieri. He was back at King Power Stadium as a football manager for the first time since leaving the club almost five years ago. Claudio got a grand welcome from Leicester fans.

Going into the game Leicester had the majority of the ball in the opening minutes and when James Maddison fooled the Watford defense and picked up the ball in front of their goalkeeper after 16 minutes Leicester got a perfect start with Maddison making a nice finish after turning up as Jack in the box, Leicester were 1-0 up.

Watford made a new challenge after this and was rewarded in the 30th minute when they correctly got a penalty which Joshua King converted from the spot. 1-1 after 30 minutes.

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No one should forget or talk down Jamie Vardy, he will punish you all as he did with Watford after 34 minutes today. A sneaky strike from a James Maddison assist and suddenly Leicester are 2-1 up. Then close to the end of first half James Maddison and Jamie Vardy are having a new party again as Maddison hits Vardy perfectly from a corner kick and Vardy’s header goes into the net with a good curle, 3-1.

Leicester did play almost to perfection in this first half with difficult conditions as the snow was coming down fast and falling onto the pitch being more white than green.

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Leicester came out 2nd half full of confidense as they took on Watford who had no weapon towards this pressure and play. A bit of a different 2nd half as the snow made it more and more difficult and despite seeing another Watford goal scored by Dennis, The Hornets never really looked threatening.

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Then when Ademola Lookman picked up a Harvey Barnes pass in the 68th minute the game was in real killed and a good feeling to see that being the final goal as Leicester again picked up 3 very vital and must win points.

A new grand performance from Leicester and as we all had hoped for, a good win. Hopefully this will continue and we do like Brendan Rodgers to keep it simple and just play his best system as he did today slot in the players he likes to change and just move forward. We will now be looking up the table and try to catch those in front with just five small points to the top four positions, so getting that gap smaller and smaller makes it possible to dream again.

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A good atmosphere inside the stadium and hopefully fans, players and staff can unite and not be stressed by each other going forward, that would work as an advantage.

Leicester will not be playing at home for a while with the next appearance at King Power on the 12th of December against Newcastle with away games v. Southampton, Aston Villa and Napoli being next on the list of exciting events coming up.

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We hopefully will see a steady ship and players played in this 4-3-3 set up as it really works well. Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison are key players with Youri Tielemans out, both performed well today with good balance.

  • Positives
    • Playing 4-3-3 as we can see works well with this group of players
    • Scoring four goals and securing three vital points
    • Jamie Vardy having a party, never talk him down and don’t mention his age as a problem
    • James Maddison being very positive again
    • Good and battling performance all around
    • Winning on a day when we expect it to happen
  • Negatives:
    • Letting in two goals

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 6, Evans 6, Thomas 7, Soyuncu 6, Soumare 6, Ndidi 7, Vardy 8, Barnes 7, Lookman 6, Maddison 8, Subs: Dewsbury-Hall, Albrighton

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jamie Vardy

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 57 / 43
  • Corners: 8 / 6
  • Shots on target: 8 / 5
  • Fouls: 5 / 20

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