Clinical Leicester beat 10-man Watford

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  • Leicester have won all 5 of their home PL matches against Watford, scoring 10 goals and conceding one
  • Leicester five games unbeaten since December 2017
  • Watford have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 away PL games

Leicester City beat 10-man Watford 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as Claude Puel‘s men were clinical against the wasteful Hornets.

First half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison did the business for Leicester, while Andre Gray missed several chances and Etienne Capoue was shown a late red card for a lunging tackle.

With the win Leicester made it five games unbeaten and move up to seventh places on 21 points, while Watford slip to 10th place with 20 points.

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After an end-to-end opening to the game, Leicester took the lead from the penalty spot, as Vardy latched onto a great ball from a Ben Chilwell and was brought down by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Vardy stepped up to score his second spot kick in as many PL games to make it 1-0.

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Buoyed by their opener, Leicester continued to pin Watford back as Marc Albrighton‘s cross just missed Vardy. Leicester’s second did arrive before the break as a swift counter saw Albrighton cross from the right to Maddison.

The English youngster controlled the ball, took a touch and volleyed home without the ball hitting the floor. 2-0 to Leicester, as Maddison was in the headlines for all the right reasons after his red card at Brighton last weekend. Before half time there were chances at both ends as Demarai Gray missed a good opportunity, then Issac Success fluffed his lines for Watford.

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In the second half the game continued in an end-to-end fashion, even though Leicester had the better of the chances.

Demarai Gray hit the post for Leicester after good work from Andreas Perreira but the Foxes looked far from comfortable and were reduced to trying to hit Watford on the counter.

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Substitute Andre Gray missed a glorious chance for Watford as he put a close-range header wide, then Success played in Gray but he got it all wrong as Watford’s final big chance to get back into the game came and went.

Capoue was sent off late on for a lunging tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho, and that summed up Watford’s miserable afternoon.

Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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