Leicester City humiliate Southampton at their own stadium in a shocking 9-0 win on Friday night.
Southampton and Leicester sit on opposite ends of the table but a scoreline like this would have never been expected.
A hattrick from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy, as well as goals from Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, gave Leicester fans a night to remember.
The Foxes now move into second place, ahead of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, albeit with an extra game, whilst the Saints drop into the relegation zone.
Leicester City started the match with high intensity in a bid to take the lead early on and suffocate their opponents.
The away side’s pressure told just 10 minutes into the game as the Foxes went ahead thanks to a goal from Ben Chilwell. Striker Jamie Vardy’s shot was parried by Angus Gunn and the left-back was quickest to react and put the ball into the back of the net.
The defender usually does not get amongst the goals so punters would have been celebrating the fact that they would have cashed in on 14/1 odds.
Southampton’s evening got much worse with a VAR check on the build-up to the goal showing Ryan Bertrand producing a dangerous tackle on Ayoze Perez.
The referee showed the defender the red card making the task for a comeback even more difficult.
Just five minutes after the red card, Leicester scored again. Youri Tielemans, who was bought in the summer on a permanent deal, fired home following on some dominant possession from the Foxes.
With Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side clearly rattled, Leicester went and scored again two minutes later. Perez latches onto Tielemans’ pass to fire in a third goal in nine minutes from the right of Gunn’s goal.
Southampton managed to keep the scoreline at 3-0 until the 39th minute when Perez scored his second of the night. The Spaniard ghosts past the Saints defence and strikes Chilwell’s cross into the roof of the net, compounding more misery on Southampton.
In what has already been an incredible half, Vardy adds a fifth on the cusp of half-time at a shocked St Mary’s stadium. The former English international struck a fierce shot past Gunn to continue his hot form under Brendan Rodgers.
Since the manager’s arrival, Vardy has scored more than anyone in the league and thus, was 11/1o to score today.
The second half was upon us and the Foxes did not show signs of slowing down at all. Rodgers’ team had two clear cut opportunities within the first ten minutes of the half to increase their lead but failed to take them.
However, the third time was the charm with Perez sealing his hattrick. Having not scored in seven games for the Foxes, he has managed to grab three in the space of 57 minutes. Harvey Barnes played the summer signing in and Perez dispatched it with ease.
The fun for Leicester fans did not end there as two minutes later, their team added a SEVENTH. Vardy grabbing his brace this time, where the striker met Chilwell’s pinpoint cross to head it past a hapless and deflated Gunn.
Perez had a chance to get his fourth but squandered a great opportunity in what was his last action of the game.
Seven clearly was not enough for Leicester as James Maddison stepped up and curled home a superb free-kick six minutes before the end. The Englishman was 11/5 to score so must have left a lot of his backers sweating for 84 minutes.
The game went into added time and the Saints players could not wait for the whistle to blow. However, there was one last action in the game. Vardy was brought down in the box and put away the penalty to give himself a hattrick but more importantly, to give Leicester the NINTH of the night.
It was the last action of what was the joint-biggest win in Premier League history.