Leicester make light work of Watford in 3-0 win

Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi’s goal was his third for Leicester after his £14m move from Genk in January

Leicester City guaranteed their Premier League survival with a deserved home victory over struggling Watford.

The 2015-16 champions took the lead when Wilfred Ndidi blasted in from 10 yards out after the Hornets had failed to clear Danny Drinkwater’s dinked cross following a short corner.

The Foxes twice hit the woodwork before Riyad Mahrez doubled the lead as he pounced on a mistake from Adrian Mariappa to shoot low past Heurelho Gomes.

Marc Albrighton added a third goal in injury time when he collected Jamie Vardy’s pass and shot into the net.

Watford, who suffered their third successive defeat, dropped to 15th in the Premier League, eight points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.

However, their Premier League status could also be secured later on Saturday if Swansea fail to win their home game against Everton (17:30 BST).

Leicester’s Ranieri sacking justified

The three points for Leicester finally ended any lingering doubts they would drop into the Championship only 12 months after securing their first ever Premier League title.

Indeed, the tight nature of the division takes the Foxes up to ninth, as they aim for only their second top-10 finish in English football’s top flight in 17 seasons.

It has been a disappointing defence of their title, but to have secured their survival with three games remaining can be seen as a success, considering the position they were in when Craig Shakespeare replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February, with the club only one point above the relegation zone.

Indeed, they have won seven and drawn one of the 10 Premier League games that Shakespeare has been in charge of, and they capitalised on some poor Watford defending in their latest win.

A cross from the unmarked Danny Drinkwater set up the first goal as Watford failed to pay attention from a short corner, although the Hornets’ Etienne Capoue had a chance to clear the danger before Ndidi smashed home.

The second goal saw Mahrez punish Mariappa’s mistake to score from a tight angle before Albrighton sealed the win ending a fine counter-attack as his shot, following Vardy’s pass, went in off the post.

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Match ends, Leicester City 3, Watford 0.

Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Watford 0.

Goal! Leicester City 3, Watford 0. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy following a fast break.

Juan Zuñiga (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Islam Slimani (Leicester City).

Attempt blocked. Stefano Okaka (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Juan Zuñiga (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nordin Amrabat.

Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Offside, Watford. Stefano Okaka tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Stefano Okaka (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dion Pereira with a cross.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Substitution, Watford. Dion Pereira replaces M’Baye Niang.

M’Baye Niang (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Foul by Stefano Okaka (Watford).

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt saved. Sebastian Prödl (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nordin Amrabat.

Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nordin Amrabat.

Attempt saved. M’Baye Niang (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

Attempt blocked. Nordin Amrabat (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Substitution, Watford. Juan Zuñiga replaces Christian Kabasele.

Attempt missed. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

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

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez following a fast break.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

Substitution, Watford. Troy Deeney replaces Etienne Capoue.

Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stefano Okaka (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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