Leicester City got back to winning ways in the Premier League, easily dismantling newly promoted Burnley 3-0 at the King Power. It was a dream Premier League debut for club-record signing Islam Slimani who netted twice in the convincing win, putting the Foxes back in the top half of the table.
Leicester looked to set the tone early, their opening chance coming in the 3rd minute as Slimani played in Marc Albrighton, only to have the shot blocked. Burnley struggled to deal with Leicester’s movement, chasing shadows in and around their own box. Riyad Mahrez ran riot, his flair constantly getting the better of the Burnley defense.
Mahrez nearly opened the scoring at the 25-minute mark, twisting his way into the box and putting in a fine shot from an angle, only to be denied by the feet of goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
From that point on Leicester really started to find their groove, the high tempo resulting in chaos for the visitors. Drinkwater was played in behind after an excellent ball from Slimani, only for Heaton to rush off his line and save at Drinkwater’s feet before the Englishman could get his shot away.
Meanwhile, Christian Fuchs was having a brilliant game on the left hand side, his balls in proving a constant threat as Mahrez nearly knocked one home in the 37th minute, his headed effort creeping just wide of the post.
Leicester finally made their breakthrough in first half stoppage time. Slimani was able to latch onto an excellent free kick across the six-yard box from Fuchs to make it 1-0 to the home side.
That late goal seemed to deflate Burnley, as they came into the second half looking just as lost as they did in the first. It didn’t take long for Leicester to capitalize, as Slimani headed home his second after a nice flick-on from Jamie Vardy.
2-0 down and virtually no attacking presence up front, it was all over for Burnley. An own goal in the 78th minute finished it off as Ben Mee got caught flat-footed, tapping Mahrez’s cross into the back of his own net.
Overall it was an excellent showing from the Foxes. Mahrez was back to his best, terrorizing defenders at every opportunity and orchestrating play from the right-hand side. The partnership between Slimani and Vardy is also looking great for only their second game together. It’s definitely the convincing result the Foxes needed going into their next league clash away to Manchester United.