A howler from Heurelho Gomes and another goal from Jamie Vardy was enough for Leicester City to secure all three points against Watford at the King Power Stadium.

Watford got one back through captain Troy Deeney with 10 minutes to go, converting from the spot.

Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side which beat West Brom at the Hawthorns last weekend, Christian Fuchs coming in for Leonardo Ulloa. Riyad Mahrez began at centre attacking midfield behind inform Jamie Vardy in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

The Hornets started the better of the two sides, controlling possession. Watford’s top scorer, Odion Ighalo went close in the first half, hitting the post from close-range. The rebound was hit over by Almen Abdi.

The Foxes began the second half with a much greater intensity and pace. Ranieri’s side were rewarded with a goal in the 51st minute. N’Golo Kante’s shot somehow found its way into the back of the net past Watford ‘keeper Gomes.

From then on, it was all Leicester. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Gomes fouled Vardy in the area. The Englishman cooly converted to score in his ninth consecutive match, one off the record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Watford were given a lifeline in the 75th minute after City goalscorer Kante fouled substitute, Paredes. Hornets captain Troy Deeney converted from the spot to make it 2-1. Ranieri’s side managed to hold on onto the three points to go joint top of the Premier League.

Full Time: Leicester 2-1 Watford

Scorers: Kante (51), Vardy (61 pen), Deeney (75)

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Kanté, Drinkwater (King) Schlupp (Okazaki); Mahrez (Dyer), Vardy.

Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Abdi, Deeney, Anya; Ighalo.

Attendance: 32,029

Match Rating: 5/10

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