The Foxes continued their charge at the top of the table against Mark Hughes’ side, hitting three past the Potters to cement their position
Danny Drinkwater’s first Premier League goal and second-half strikes from Jamie Vardy andLeonardo Ulloa sent Leicester City back to the top of the table in a convincing 3-0 win overStoke City.
Leicester went into Saturday’s contest at the King Power Stadium level on points with Arsenal, who play Chelsea on Sunday, and second only on goal difference.
And Claudio Ranieri’s side – who had won just one of their past five top-flight games – were ahead at half-time when Drinkwater showed great technique to fire low into the bottom left-hand corner, albeit with the help of a Marc Wilson deflection.
The game was put beyond all doubt in the 66th minute when Vardy brilliantly rounded Jack Butland to score his first goal since December 14, before substitute Ulloa added gloss in the closing stages.
It was a deserved three points for Leicester, who are refusing to wilt in their unlikely tilt for the title and the win puts pressure on Arsenal against rivals Chelsea.
Stoke have earned plaudits for their style of play this season, but Mark Hughes’ men failed to hit their stride and slipped to ninth.
Leicester named the same XI that drew at Aston Villa last weekend and Vardy had the first sight of goal with a sweetly struck first-time shot from Marc Albrighton’s left-wing centre that Butland could only parry.
Xherdan Shaqiri returned from his injury-enforced three-match absence in one of two Stoke changes and the winger’s dangerous cross from the right drew an excellent defensive header from Danny Simpson, with Mame Biram Diouf ready to pounce.
Stoke were then dealt a blow on the half-hour mark when captain Ryan Shawcross limped off to be replaced by Wilson.