Claudio Ranieri returns to King Power Stadium to report on Leicester Watford’s 4-2 win and free highlights; Josh King’s penalty kick canceled James Maddison’s goal; Jamie Wardy’s double led the hosts; Emmanuel Dennis stepped one before Ademola Lockman made the game safe
Claudio Ranieri’s return to Leicester was disappointing as Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Watford 4-2 in snowy conditions at King Power Stadium to win the Premier League again.
The former Leicester boss, who led the team to the Premier League title in 2016, was hailed by the home side as a hero before the game, but James Maddison took advantage of William Econ’s error in the 16th minute to leave his side behind.
However, Watford responded well, and within half an hour, Josh King scored the equalizer in the penalty area after Wilfred Ndidi was knocked down by Emmanuel Dennis.
Heavy snowfall in Leicester worsened the situation, but Jamie Wardy did not stop, as his double (34, 42) led the hosts to a break.
Watford returned to the game in the 61st minute after Timothy Castañe’s error, when Dennis returned to the goal, but they failed to do so, and just seven minutes later Ademola Lockman scored the Premier League’s first goal for the Foxes to keep Leicester safe. (68).
Rodgers’ three-game winning streak in the Premier League moved them to ninth in the table, while Watford finished 16th, four points adrift of the relegation zone.
How did Leicester Ranieri ruin King Power’s return?
Watford’s lead in the 16th minute was enough to show that Ranieri’s side may be worried about Leicester’s lack of confidence.
Johnny Evans threw a harmless ball as a striker, which was comfortable for Ekon, but fell to the ground, thinking he would collect defender Daniel Bachmann. He didn’t see Maddison stealing from behind, and the midfielder successfully used a corner kick.
However, Watford had no obstacles, with Casper Schmeichel denying Dennis and Kucho Hernandez hitting a 20-yard shot at Chaglar Soyunchu and hanging inside the post.
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castan (5), Evans (6), Soyunchu (6), Thomas (6), Ndidi (5), Sumare (7), Barnes (7), Maddison (8), Lukman (7) )), Wardi (8).
Substitutes: Albrighton (n / a), Dusbury Hall (n / a)
Watford: Bachmann (7), Femenia (7), Catcart (6), Ekong (5), Masina (6), Luza (5), Sissoko (7), Cleverley (5), Dennis (7), King (6) )), Hernandez (7).
Substitutes: Pedro (6), Flood (6), Fletcher (5).
Player of the Match: James Madison.
If Lester thought they had escaped, he was mistaken, so Watford continued to push and took the prize half an hour later. Ndidi’s reckless trip to Dennis gave referee Andrew Madley a small choice, beating King Schmeichel to score his fifth goal of the season.
However, the Hornets took the lead four minutes later with a stunning strike by Maddison. The 25-year-old interrupted Wardy’s elegant pass to the top, lifted the ball over Bachmann as he pushed it around the corner, and celebrated in front of his former boss.
Eight minutes later, he reunited with former England striker Maddison to make it 3-1 with a corner kick.
In 2016, when Ranieri won Leicester, Wardy scored 24 goals, reminding the young Italian of his talent.
However, Schmeichel needed the foxes to hit Hernandez King, who tried to shoot himself shortly after the break.
As the snow deepened, Leicester’s defenses increased, and Watford took the rescue line when Dennis Schmeichel robbed Castan to eat.
But it wasn’t long before Harvey Barnes hit the cross and Lockman added a fourth to the foxes.
With less than six minutes left, Ozan Tufan hit Watford in overtime but there was no going back.
Opta statistics: Leicester are back on the road to victory …
Leicester have won their third of their last 10 Premier League games (3 L4) – However, the Foxes have scored twice in their fifth game in the Premier League, the first time in five games. April and August 2001.
Watford have conceded in each of their last 23 Premier League games, scoring 45 goals during this time, the longest time they have not scored in a Premier League game.
With two goals in that game, Leicester’s Jamie Wardy broke Ian Wright’s record of 93 Premier League goals in his 30s. Only Harry Kane (108) and Mohamed Salah (106) have scored more goals in the Premier League since Wardy made his debut in January 2017 at the age of 30.