English Premiership

Leicester stay on track for title

2016-03-05 21:57
Riyad Mahrez scored the winner against Watford on Saturday. (Getty)

Cape Town - Leicester City wrestled back control of the Premier League title race with a 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Foxes took advantage of the earlier draw between title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal, with a second half Riyad Mahrez goal enough to send them five points clear at the top.


Claudio Ranieri's men were rarely troubled at the back despite some late pressure, although a potential hamstring injury to Mahrez did take a little of the gloss of what could be an important victory.

Leicester, who had been boosted by earlier results, looked to start brightly but it was the hosts who had the first meaningful attempt on goal when Nathan Ake directed a header onto Kasper Schmeichel's crossbar.

From then on, though, Leicester took control and Jamie Vardy came close to opening the scoring three minutes later with a lobbed effort, but it sailed a couple of yards wide of goal.

Vardy had another sight of goal ten minutes later after being fed by a Mahrez pass, but with the goal gaping he could only drill his shot wide.

Watford again had the best of the second half exchanges, and Mario Suarez's deflected effort forced Schmeichel into a fine save just minutes after the break.

However, Leicester, as so often has been the case this season, proved themselves able to find a goal at a key time in the game.

With the hour mark approaching, Mahrez controlled the ball on the edge of the area before lashing a left-footed strike into the top corner.

Half chances for both sides followed, with Robert Huth missing the best when he could only head an inviting free kick wide with twenty minutes remaining.

It did not prove crucial, though, and Leicester held on in relative comfort to take another step towards what would be the most unlikely of success stories.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 31 March 2018
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 13:30
West Ham United v Southampton, London Stadium 16:00
Manchester United v Swansea City, Old Trafford 16:00
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town, St. James' Park 16:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City, The American Express Community Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v AFC Bournemouth, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
Everton v Manchester City, Goodison Park 18:30
Sunday, 01 April 2018
Arsenal v Stoke City, Emirates Stadium 14:30
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Saturday, 07 April 2018
Everton v Liverpool, Goodison Park 13:30
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur, Bet365 Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Newcastle United, King Power Stadium 16:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town, The American Express Community Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Manchester City v Manchester United, Etihad Stadium 18:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.