A hat-trick from Jamie Vardy, as well as a well-taken strike courtesy of Andy King from range helped Leicester to an unlikely home victory against Manchester City in Saturday’s evening kick-off.

The defeat is City’s third of the season, having lost 2-0 away against Tottenham at the start of October and more recently, 3-1 in their home fixture with Chelsea last weekend.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Andy King of Leicester City (L) and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (R) embrace after the final whistle during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 10: Andy King of Leicester City (L) and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (R) embrace after the final whistle during the Premier League match against Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola’s side have received criticism of late for their inability to turn dominance in matches into more goals scored and despite qualifying for the last-16 of this season’s Champions League, the Sky Blues have endured topsy-turvy form after an encouraging start to proceedings under new management in the summer.

Late goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and substitute Nolito ultimately proved futile as the visitors’ defensive frailties were exposed, just a week before they entertain Arsenal in an intriguing Premier League clash next Sunday.

John Stones (L) and Aleksandar Kolarov look dejected, moments after Vardy completed his hat-trick to inflict further misery on City's sloppy defensive play. (Photo: Michael Reagan / Getty Images)
John Stones (L) and Aleksandar Kolarov look dejected, moments after Vardy completed his hat-trick to inflict further misery on City’s sloppy defensive play. (Photo: Michael Regan / Getty Images)

The result leaves them in fourth place, with 30 points from 15 games played. Tottenham can leapfrog them, provided they are victorious at Old Trafford against Manchester United today.

Arsenal’s win against Stoke now means that City are four points off the pace with second-placed Chelsea in the driving seat. Level on points, they’ve scored four less goals than us but play West Brom in today’s (Sunday) lunchtime kick-off from 12pm and are expected to run out comfortable winners.

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