Premier League

  • D. Drinkwater 42’
  • J. Vardy 66’
  • L. Ulloa 87’
0 Extra Time 0
3 Full Time 0
1 Half Time 0
24/01/2016
Premier League
King Power Stadium
Attendance 32,018

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      STOPPAGE TIME: We are now into the first of two additional minutes at the end of this first half.
    • 90'
      Mr Dean blows his final whistle and Leicester return to the top of the Premier League.
    • HALF TIME
    • 45'
      The referee blows his whistle and brings the first half to an end.
    • 90'
      Leicester are looking very comfortable as they hold out for a clean sheet. Interestingly, the third goal provided Mahrez's first assist in six games and Ulloa's second goal in the Premier League against Stoke following his strike at the Britannia in September 2014.
    • 0'
      That's all from the King Power Stadium today. Thank you for following the LIVE action of the Barclays Premier League - hope you've enjoyed it. Until next time, have a very good evening!
    • 0'
      Claudio Ranieri's men are back at the summit after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Stoke. Danny Drinkwater's deflected strike got the ball rolling just before half time. Jamie Vardy's 16th goal of the season doubled the lead midway through the second half and substitute Leonardo Ulloa rounded off t
    • 0'
      FULL TIME: LEICESTER CITY 3-0 STOKE CITY
    • 0'
      The teams are making their way back onto the pitch and the second half is about to start.
    • 0'
      Stoke have looked good in attack so far this afternoon, but need to ask more questions of the Leicester defence and show more creativiity in the final third.
    • 0'
      Drinkwater's goal came at the best possible time for Leicester and will have made Ranieri's team talk a lot easier at half time. They need to test Butland a lot more after the break, though.
    • 0'
      HALF TIME: LEICESTER 1-0 STOKE
    • 0'
      HERE THEY COME! The teams are making their way out onto the field and kick off is just moments away.
    • 0'
      STOKE SUBS: Haugaard, Wilson, Van Ginkel, Adam, Bojan, Odemwingie, Crouch.
    • 0'
      STOKE (4-2-3-1): Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Afellay; Shaqiri, Walters, Diouf; Joselu.
    • 0'
      Stoke held Arsenal to a credible goalless draw at the Britannia last weekend. Mark Hughes makes two changes from that game as Xherdan Shaqiri returns from a hamstring problem to replace the injured Marco Arnautovic and Mame Biram Diouf comes in for Bojan, who was scored the opening goal in each of t
    • 0'
      LEICESTER SUBS: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Inler, King, Gray, Dyer, Ulloa.
    • 0'
      LEICESTER (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
    • 0'
      Claudio Ranieri made eight changes for the FA Cup replay defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, but refers back to the starting 11 that faced Aston Villa last time out in the Premier League. Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, N'Golo Kante, Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy continue their run of pl
    • 0'
      Leicester have the opportunity to go back to the top of the Premier League with a draw today, while three points could see Stoke climb as high as sixth in the table.
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Barclays Premier League. We're at the King Power Stadium today for a Midlands derby between Leicester City and Stoke City.
    • 1'
      KICK OFF: Referee Mike Dean blows his whistle and Stoke get the match underway.
    • 3'
      The first alarming moment of the match for the Stoke defence sees the ball just run away from Vardy. Mahrez keeps the move alive by whipping it in with his left foot, but Stoke do well to clear. The subsequent corner is well dealt with.
    • 5'
      The form book suggests this is a tough game to call this afternoon. Leicester have lost just one of their last 13 at home in the Premier League, while Stoke have kept five clean sheets from their last eight matches on the road.
    • 7'
      A nice touch from Afellay sends Shaqiri on his way into the heart of the Leicester defence. He looks to slide it through for Walters but there is just too much pace on it.
    • 9'
      The flag stays down as Shaqiri lofts the ball over the Leicester defence for Walters to run onto. There is just too much pace on it again, however, and Schmeichel is quick out of goal to collect.
    • 11'
      The crowd are in great voice at the King Power this afternoon. There is a genuine belief that something special is on the cards for Leicester this season. A draw today would move them back to the top of the league, but they are hoping to still be up there come May.
    • 13'
      Diouf almost got in behind Simpson as he looked to latch onto a through ball. He was whiskers away from getting the touch to send himself through on goal but, fortunately for Leicester, the ball runs past him and out for a throw in.
    • 15'
      Stoke have arguably provided more of a threat going forward inside the opening quarter of an hour. Leicester need to get the likes of Mahrez and Vardy on the ball more often.
    • 17'
      CHANCE! Pieters plays a fantastic through ball behind the Leicester defence for Walters to run onto. Rather than shoot with his left foot, though, he looks to cut inside onto his right and is quickly crowded out by the hosts' back line.
    • 18'
      GOOD SAVE! At the other end, Mahrez finds some space on the left. He crosses for an unmarked Vardy to strike first time, but Butland shows good reflexes to make an instinctive save.
    • 20'
      Leicester have a free-kick near the right touchline as Pieters stops Mahrez from progressing. The Stoke left-back is lucky to avoid being shown a yellow card by Mr Dean for that one.
    • 22'
      Stoke deal with the corner again but are back under the cosh when Albrighton looks to slide the ball in behind the defence, but there is too much on it and Butland comes out to collect.
    • 24'
      There is a worrying sign for Stoke as Shawcross goes down and is in need of lengthy attention from the medical team. The stretcher is making it's way onto the field if needed. This would be a blow for the visitors.
    • 25'
      The Stoke skipper is back on his feet and eager to carry on much to the relief of the bench. This is a big week for Hughes' men with the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool coming up on Tuesday.
    • 27'
      Shaqiri floats a neat ball from the right to the far post looking for Diouf. He is steaming in for the header, but Simpson gets there first to redirect it behind for a corner.
    • 29'
      Shawcross goes down once again and Marc Wilson instantly gets stripped off ready to replace him. Stoke will be hopeful he is fit to face Liverpool on Wednesday.
    • 30'
      SI M. Wilson SO R. Shawcross
    • 30'
      That change is made with Wilson coming on for the injured Shawcross.
    • 32'
      The game has gone fairly flat since the change was made. Leicester should look to test Wilson out as often as possible for the rest of this half.
    • 33'
      IMPORTANT HEADER! Fuchs delivers a very dangerous cross from the left and Butland is undecided as to whether to come out or not. Two Leicester players are lurking, but Pieters gets his head in first to direct the ball to safety.
    • 35'
      There are 10 minutes of the first half remaining and Leicester are looking the more dangerous at the moment. They need to really turn up the pressure on Stoke now, though.
    • 36'
      CHANCE! The ball breaks nicely for Okazaki in the area after Stoke fail to deal with a cross. He goes for power, but catches his effort all wrong and sends it flying over the crossbar.
    • 38'
      At the other end, Schmeichel shows good composure as he climbs to collect a high ball from out of the air with Diouf lurking at the far post.
    • 39'
      Johnson comes inside from the right flank and floats a dangerous ball to the far post. Joselu and Shaqiri are waiting, but Simpson does well to get there first and head it away for a corner.
    • 40'
      Leicester deal with the corner and are quickly off on the counter attack once again. Vardy chases a long ball and is awarded a free-kick 30 yards out and to the right of goal. That was very good centre forward play.
    • 42'
      G D. Drinkwater Assist R. Shawcross
    • 42'
      LEICESTER TAKE THE LEAD! Stoke deal with the corner following the subsequent free-kick, but only at the expense of another. They deal with the second delivery but only clear as far as Drinkwater, whose drilled effort takes a deflection that perplexes Butland before nestling in the bottom corner.
    • 44'
      That was Drinkwater's first goal of the season and also the first that Leicester have scored from outside the penalty area in the Premier League this campaign.
    • 46'
      KICK OFF: Mike Dean blows his whistle and Leicester get the ball rolling once again.
    • 48'
      From a Stoke free-kick, Leicester launch a swift counter attack and now have a throw in near the left corner flag. This is a good opportunity for Fuchs to launch a long throw into the area.
    • 49'
      Stoke deal with the danger well and are now looking to break down the Leicester defence that has been very stubborn so far. They are enjoying a nice spell of possession just inside their opponents' half.
    • 51'
      Leicester are quickly up the other end, though, and awarded a free-kick near the left touchline after Okazaki is pulled back. Albrighton and Fuchs are stood over it...
    • 52'
      The penalty area is crowded as Albrighton swings in the delivery, but Butland commands his area very well as he comes out to collect. Stoke need to show more at the other end in this half.
    • 54'
      The visitors have a good opportunity now as they are awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal, after good centre forward play from Diouf leads to him being brought down.
    • 56'
      Shaqiri's free-kick is dealt with at the expense of a corner, but his subsequent delivery is poor and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 57'
      MUST DO BETTER! Leicester break the play up in the centre of the pitch and Mahrez runs into the heart of the Stoke defence. He looks to lay off an unmarked Okazaki, who would have had an almost certain tap-in, but severely underhits his pass and the visitors clear.
    • 59'
      Shaqiri has his name taken by the referee after a cynical foul on Mahrez.
    • 61'
      WHAT A CHANCE! An unmarked Joselu drifts into the area to connect with Johnson's cross, but heads straight at Schmeichel with the whole of the goal to aim for. That was on a plate for the Stoke striker and he should have done better.
    • 62'
      SI L. Ulloa SO R. Shawcross
    • 62'
      Leicester are forced into a change as Okazaki goes down and is unable to continue. Leonardo Ulloa comes on in his place.
    • 64'
      Interestingly, this is Ulloa's 12th appearance from the bench in the Premier League this season - more than any other Leicester player.
    • 66'
      G J. Vardy Assist R. Shawcross
    • 66'
      Drinkwater provided a wonderful through ball for Vardy to run onto.
    • 66'
      VARDY MAKES IT 2-0!!! The England striker chases Drinkwater's brilliant lofted through ball and rounds Butland, before calmly slotting into the empty net for his 16th goal of the season.
    • 68'
      That goal has given Leicester breathing space and will move them three points clear at the top of the Premier League table if they can hang on.
    • 70'
      We are into the final 20 minutes and Stoke have been made to rue that missed opportunity from Joselu's header shortly before Vardy made it 2-0. What can they do to respond?
    • 71'
      SI P. Odemwingie SO R. Shawcross
    • 71'
      Hughes' first move is to introduce fresh legs, as Peter Odemwingie comes on in place of Diouf.
    • 73'
      STAT ATTACK: Victory for Leicester would move them to within one of Stoke in their all-time head-to-head record. The Potters have won 33 of the previous 96 meetings to the Foxes' 31.
    • 75'
      Stoke are trying to make something happen inside the final third as the clock ticks down. However, they are still unable to find a way through the firm Leicester defence.
    • 77'
      At the other end, Leicester continue to search for more goals. Ulloa flicks on Fuchs' long throw into the box, but there is no power and Butland easily collects this time around.
    • 79'
      SI P. Crouch SO R. Shawcross
    • 79'
      The final throw of the dice from Hughes sees Shaqiri withdrawn in favour of Peter Crouch. The tall striker will look to test himself against former team mate Huth in the Leicester defence.
    • 80'
      VITAL BLOCK! Kante weaves his way past three Stoke players before slipping the ball in behind the defence for Vardy to run onto. Wollscheid makes up important ground, however, and makes a vital interception to prevent the score from becoming 3-0.
    • 82'
      OH DEAR! Leicester are awarded a free-kick just outside the Stoke area. There are four players standing around the ball, but Huth is eventually given the nod to strike it. It is clear he is a centre half, however, as he slices the kick way wide of the target and eventually out for a throw in. His te
    • 84'
      This will certainly restore Leicester's confidence. They had endured a recent blip of form having won just one of their last five league games, but they should be back to winning ways here.
    • 86'
      Kante has not stopped running all game and his efforts are appreciated by the crowd, who give him a big cheer as he is awarded a free kick after being brought down just inside the Stoke half. He has been one of their best performers this season.
    • 87'
      G L. Ulloa Assist R. Shawcross
    • 87'
      Mahrez's attempted shot may have been heading wide of the target, but fell very kindly for Ulloa to tap home.
    • 87'
      GAME OVER!!! Ulloa wraps up the three points for Leicester! Vardy and Mahrez combine in the area with the latter neatly slipping the ball through a defender's legs, before his attempted shot fizzes across the area and is turned home by an alert Ulloa. They are going back to the top of the Premier Le
    • 88'
      SI D. Gray SO R. Shawcross
    • 88'
      Leicester make their final change of the afternoon, as Demarai Gray comes on to replace Albrighton.
    • 90'
      The fourth official holds up his board to indicate that there will be three minutes of stoppage time at the end of this game.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

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    Brendan Rodgers
    northern ireland
    Michael O'Neill

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 9 13
    Yellow Cards 0 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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