English Premier League: Leicester within touching distance of first title


Leicester City are now undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches as the Foxes hammered a poor Swansea side 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Despite being without 22 goal man Jamie Vardy, Leicester were unstoppable. Goals from PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton and two from Leonardo Ulloa, proved too much for the Swans.

Although Leicester conceded 59% of the possession to Swansea, the Welsh side could do nothing with the ball, and were dispossessed 25 times.

Tottenham are now seven points behind Leicester with three games to play after a 1-1 draw against West Brom Albion. With nerves getting to them, it took a first half own-goal from Craig Dawson to put Spurs ahead. However, Dawson struck back for West Brom, levelling things in the second half.

Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen both hit the woodwork in the match for Spurs, who were unable to make the breakthrough. Spurs’ midfielder Dele Alli continued to show his brilliance completing 84% of his passes.

Manchester City downed Stoke City 4-0 ahead of their mid-week Champions League fixture with Real Madrid. Kelechi Iheanacho struck twice for Manchester City while Fernando and Sergio Aguero also tallied for the Citizens. Manchester City have now won five of their last six while Stoke are winless in five of their last six.

Rafael Benitez returned to Merseyside as Newcastle came away with a 2-2 draw with Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana put Liverpool up 2-0 at halftime. However, Newcastle fought back with goals from Papiss Demba Cisse and Jack Colback to earn a share of the spoils despite Liverpool’s 64% possession.

Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno was the standout player of the match with two assists, four tackles and an 85% pass success rate.

The draw gives Newcastle a chance at survival as the Toon are two points from safety with three games to play.

Chelsea ended a two match losing streak with a 4-1 win away to Bournemouth. Eden Hazard scored for the first time in the Premier League this season tallying a goal in the 34th minute after Pedro opened the scoring for Chelsea.

Tommy Elphick pulled one back for Bournemouth before Willian made it 3-1. Hazard rounded out the scoring for his second of the day. The win puts Chelsea in ninth place.

Sunderland continued their bid for top-flight survival with a scoreless draw against Arsenal. The drab affair did see the return of England international Jack Wilshere for the Gunners. The midfielder returned from injury, coming on in the 84th minute.

Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt nearly put Sunderland into the lead in the first half when he struck the woodwork from a free-kick. Minutes later he saved a goal at the other end, making a clearance off the line.

Arsenal kept 66% of the possession and completed 83% of their passes. The Gunners were successful with 550 of their 659 passes, and completed 16 key passes. Meanwhile, Sunderland only completed 63% of their passes during the 90 minutes.

Finally, Southampton kept their slim hopes of Europa League football for next season alive with a 4-2 win over the already relegated Aston Villa. Shane Long and Sadio Mane scored on either side of two goals from Dusan Tadic. Meanwhile, Ashley Westwood scored twice for Villa.

By Drew Farmer