Aston Villa remain in the relegation zone and two points from safety after a 4-0 loss to Leicester tonight.

Villa had the chance to move out of the bottom three and close the gap on Albion to within a point with a win but Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes each scored twice as Leicester recorded a comprehensive victory at the King Power Stadium.

Villa still have a game in hand on the Seagulls.

It was the Foxes' first league triumph since January 22 and came as Wilfred Ndidi returned from injury.

Boss Brendan Rodgers had highlighted the defensive midfielder's absence and his importance to the team in the build-up to the match, and tonight it was clear to see why.

On top of Ndidi managing 83 minutes, leaving the field to a standing ovation when substituted with the game already won, Vardy also returned from injury and in doing so ended his nine-game goal drought with a double between Barnes' two goals.

The win, aided by a disastrous goalkeeping mistake by Villa's Pepe Reina for the opening goal, saw Leicester open up an eight-point gap over Manchester United in fifth place as Rodgers moved closer to bringing Champions League football back to the King Power Stadium.

Albion’s Prem visit to the King Power has still to be confirmed after the original date was postponed after Leicester progressed in the FA Cup.