Leicester City turned back the clock as they dismantled Watford 3-0 in a vintage performance at the King Power.
The early stages of the first half were cagey to say the least. Both sides struggled to string multiple passes together, let alone create chances in the opening 15 minutes. Leicester in particular were causing themselves problems, with multiple sloppy giveaways in the middle of the pitch giving Watford plenty of space to attack.
Thankfully for the Foxes, the Watford defence also seemed set on causing their own team worry after a needless foul gave Riyad Mahrez the perfect opportunity to catch the defence napping as he played in Jamie Vardy along the ground. The England man slid the ball across goal to a charging Shinji Okazaki, but Adrian Mariappa was able to get there first to prevent a certain tap-in, nearly producing an own-goal in the process as his clearance smashed against the post of the Watford goal in the 18th minute.
The visitors nearly found the back of their own net a few minutes later after an excellent cross by Christian Fuchs was flicked on by Christian Kabasele and would've gone in if not for a spectacular diving save from Heurelho Gomes.
Watford began to find their footing as the half wore on and found themselves with a couple of excellent chances. Kasper Schmeichel did brilliantly to deny Stefano Okaka from close range and managed divert a powerful 20-yard strike from Tom Cleverley behind in order to keep Leicester in the game.
The Foxes snatched the lead in the 38th minute courtesy of a cheeky set piece. Mahrez played a short corner to Danny Drinkwater, whose clever flick across goal caused havoc in the goalmouth. A failed clearance fell to Wilfred Ndidi, who was able to smash home to give the Foxes the 1-0 lead.
Leicester began the second half with the same intensity they ended the first. Vardy very nearly doubled the lead in the 49th minute, doing well to win the ball in the opposition half and bending his run to get on the end of Shinji Okazaki's return pass, only for Gomes to get a piece of his left-footed strike.
Mahrez eventually doubled the lead in the 58th minute thanks to some dire Watford defending. Vardy was given acres of space to flick on a long clearance. Mariappa failed to deal with it and Mahrez simply took it from him, took a couple touches and slotted it through the legs of Gomes to make it 2-0 to the Foxes.
From there the visitors looked dead and buried, sending men forward and continuously getting exposed for the final 30 minutes as Leicester's counter came close to punishing them on multiple occasions.
The Foxes finally got their third in the 93rd minute on the counter after Vardy broke forward. Islam Slimani made an excellent decoy run to the near post to drag two defenders away from an incoming Marc Albrighton, who Vardy calmly squared it to for the winger to smash home first time.
It was certainly a vintage performance that leaves the Foxes sitting 9th in the table. During a week where we said goodbye to the Premier League trophy this win was definitely one to remember it by.