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  1. Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton, Kanté, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Mahrez, Vardy.
  2. Watford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Anya; Ighalo.

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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That's all from this live text, I'm off to make sense of all that in a match report. Follow our main live page for all the reaction.

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"Who would have thought that at the start of the season?"

FULL-TIME - Leicester 2-1 Watford

All over. Leicester City, yes Leicester City, are joint top of the Premier League at the start of November. 

The KP rocking, Leicester have the ball deep in the Watford half. This one must be done...

Four minutes added on, four minutes between Leicester and a place joint top of the table.

'Vardy should start for England'

Leicester 2-1 Watford

John Hartson

Former Arsenal and West Ham striker on Final Score

Vardy celebrates
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"Vardy's form is incredible. If he is fit and raring to go he should start for England, because how often will he be on a goalscoring run like this? At the moment, Leicester are on course to be joint top of the league."

Final five

Into the final five of normal time, the Leicester fans still clapping so hard that they will be going home with blisters. The Foxes are going top (sort of).

Here are the heatmaps of Leicester forward Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez (left), compared to Watford strikeforce Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. You can clearly see that the Foxes pair have made more inroads in the Watford box, and for now it is telling. 


Leicester are still having the better of this, keeping the ball in the Watford half. At the moment, it looks like the Foxes will hang on.

This really is good to watch. Leicester were pegged back, but they are straight up the other end, Mahrez drawing a save from Gomes.

'As cool a penalty as you'll see'

Leicester 2-1 Watford

Jermaine Jenas

Former Tottenham and England midfielder on Final Score

"Watford now have the momentum. That was as cool a penalty as you'll see from Troy Deeney. 

"It was definitely a penalty, after some sloppy defending from Leicester. A clumsy challenge from Kante - if you're going to make a tackle like that you need to know who's around you and he just didn't."

GOAL - Leicester 2-1 Watford

Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney, cool as you like, sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way. Watford have hope.

Penalty to Watford

Where has this come from? Kante on Paredes, definite penalty. Watford have a way back into this game...

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"You won't find many noisier grounds than Leicester at this stage of the season."

Still so, so rowdy at the King Power Stadium. Watford haven't shown much in the way of getting back into this game. Leicester are joining Manchester City and Arsenal at the top.

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Somebody put some ice on vardy, he's on fire!! #bbcfootball

Vardy at Mufc next season #bbcfootball

Jamie Vardy - take a bow! #bbcfootball

The King Power is rocking, singing the name of Jamie Vardy. The Foxes are going (joint) top of the Premier League.

'A great spot-kick'

Leicester 2-0 Watford

John Hartson

Former Arsenal and West Ham striker on Final Score

"What a way to take a penalty! Nerves of steel, Vardy smashes it right down the middle and into the roof of the net. He created it all himself, busting through. 

"I understand why Gomes wasn't sent off, as Vardy was going wide of the goal when he was fouled. But a great spot-kick and now nine goals in a row."

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"There was definite contact from Gomes. Wasn't it a typical Vardy run? It's not as if defenders don't know what he is going to do, but can they stop him?"

GOAL - Leicester 2-0 Watford

Jamie Vardy

Was there ever any doubt? Jamie Vardy smashes high, straight down the the middle, nearly breaking the onion bag. That is goals in nine successive games for Vardy. Nine! Only Ruud van Nistelrooy has 10. 

Jamie Vardy
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Penalty to Leicester

No doubt about this. Vardy through, Gomes brings him down. Stonewall penalty. Gomes gets booked, Vardy puts the ball on the spot...

Leicester, by the the way, are going level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy seems to have recovered from that injury scare, running at the Watford defence and shooting low from outside the box. Miguel Britos throws himself to make a block. End to end.

Watford have bounced back well, knocking the ball around and creating an opportunity for Allan Nyom, who fires over from outside the 18-yard box. Still very noisy at the KP.

'That is an absolute howler'

Leicester 1-0 Watford

Jermaine Jenas

Former Tottenham and England midfielder on Final Score

Watford concede

"I played with Gomes at Spurs. He has been brilliant for Watford, but he will know that is an absolute howler. His team need to dig him out of a hole now..."

Now this is worrying for Leicester, England and fantasy football managers everywhere. Jamie Vardy is down, hurting himself when no one else is around. A jump for the ball, an awkward landing, Vardy in obvious discomfort. He goes off the field, then is back on after treatment. Perhaps a story developing.

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"It was good skill from Kante, but the ball slid under Gomes. It stops Watford in their tracks."

It was good skill from Kante to get the shot away, but Gomes is the real reason for the goal. Comically bad. Make sure you watch it on Match of the Day.

GOAL - Leicester 1-0 Watford

Ngolo Kante

Oh no! Heurelho Gomes, what have you done? It's a howler from the Watford keeper, gifting Ngolo Kante the goal that gives Leicester the lead. It's the tamest one shots, one your grandma could stop. Somehow, Gomes lets it dribble through. Horrible.

Heurelmo Gomes

Early chance for Leicester, with Marc Albrighton shooting straight at Gomes. He could have played in Jamie Vardy, with the England man looking a touch frustrated. Bright from Leicester.


There's been a sneaky substitution during the break that I didn't spot. Leicester have introduced Shinji Okazaki to play up top with Jamie Vardy. Jeff Schlupp has made way.


Back under way in the second half. Goals, please.

It's reasonably even in terms of the action areas, but Watford have had plenty more of the possession.

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Nothing here and goals also rare in the rest of the Premier League. Only two in the 15:00 GMT games, both at Upton Park.


John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"I think Watford have had it over Leicester so far. Vardy hasn't really had a look-in so far."


Leicester 0-0 Watford

That's yer lot for now. It promised much, but hasn't delivered yet.

Ranieri is having a little cuddle with the fourth official, while Quique Sanchez Flores is looking like the smartest man in the Premier League. One minute added on.