Friday 24 May, 2019

EPL ROUND UP: Leicester revival continues with 3-0 win over Watford

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, centre, scores his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League football match against Watford at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday May 6, 2017.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, centre, scores his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League football match against Watford at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday May 6, 2017.

Leicester kept up their revival since dismissing title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri by beating Watford 3-0 in the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday.

The soon-to-be-deposed champions have won seven of their 10 league games following the departure of Ranieri, who was fired with Leicester close to the relegation zone. Now, they have moved into ninth place and have the form to secure a top-half finish.

The goals came from midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, and Marc Albrighton.

Ndidi lashed home from 10 meters in the first half at Kingpower Stadium after the ball fell loose after a corner.

Mahrez celebrated making his 100th Premier League appearance by doubling the lead in the 58th, sprinting onto Jamie Vardy's flick-on and beating Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from a tight angle.

Vardy then fed Albrighton to add a third goal in the third minute of injury time.

Watford have lost their last three games without scoring.

Over at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City were totally dominant as they strengthened their case for a top-four finish with a 5-0  battering of Crystal Palace.

Goals from David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi were no more than City deserved as they outclassed their visitors at the Etihad Stadium.

Silva put City in front inside two minutes despite only returning to training on Thursday, but Pep Guardiola had to wait until the early stages of the second half for Kompany to double his side's advantage with his second goal in four matches.

The three points were in the bag when De Bruyne slotted home just short of the hour mark, with Palace's best chance having fallen to Christian Benteke late in the opening period – Willy Caballero on hand to deny the striker with an excellent save.

Sterling added further gloss to the scoreline with his first Premier League goal since February, before Otamendi completed the rout by heading home a fifth in second-half stoppage time.

The result lifts City above Liverpool into third on goal difference, with Jurgen Klopp's men hosting Southampton on Sunday, while Manchester United are four points back in fifth ahead of their trip to Arsenal.

Palace remain six points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place.

Over at the Vitality Stadium, Stoke missed out on a first away since January when an own goal allowed Bournemouth to draw 2-2.

Defender Ryan Shawcross accidentally deflected Josh King's strike into his own net. Stoke protested, believing King was offside, but the goal stood.

Both mid-table teams had already secured positions in the league next season.

Stoke benefited from opening with an own goal, thanks to a back-header by Bournemouth's Lys Mousset. That was Stoke's first away goal in 629 minutes.

Bournemouth came back through Junior Stanislas, Stoke went back in front thanks to Mame Biram Diouf, then Shawcross helped the home side level again.

Over at the KCOM Stadium, Hull coach Marco Silva's 41-match unbeaten home record as a manager ended when his side lost to last-placed Sunderland 2-0 to intensify its relegation fears.

Silva had not lost a home league game since 2014, a period taking in spells in charge of Estoril, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, and now four months at Hull.

Billy Jones struck in the 69th minute and Jermain Defoe added a second goal in injury time at the KCOM Stadium for Sunderland, which was relegated last weekend when Hull drew at Southampton thanks to a last-minute penalty save.

The result also was a boost for next-to-last Middlesbrough, which were six points behind Hull with three games left. Middlesbrough visits Chelsea on Monday.

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