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Premier League Review: Matchday 27

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 29 Feb 2016

Leonardo Ulloa was Leicester City's hero as they strengthened their grip on first place

Leonardo Ulloa was Leicester City’s hero as they strengthened their grip on first place

Leicester City maintained their two point lead at the top of the weekend after a late Leonardo Ulloa strike sealed victory over Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

There is an old adage that to be champions you need to win even when you are not playing at your best, and that is exactly what the Foxes did with winning goal not coming until the eighty-ninth minute.

The East Midlands side are now the outright favourites to win the title at a price of 7/4.

Despite the table toppers not being on top form, the Canaries never posed a real threat and fell to their sixth defeat in seven league games though they remain out of the relegation zone as Sunderland were beaten by West Ham United in Saturday’s early kick-off.

One goal was also enough as Slaven Bilic’s side temporarily moved into fifth place, with Michail Antonio’s strike on the half-hour mark enough to wrap up the win for the Hammers.

Rashford again at the double

United moved back into fifth place on Sunday afternoon after beating title-chasing Arsenal by three goals to two, with youngster Marcus Rashford once again the hero for Louis van Gaal’s side.

The eighteen year old followed his Europa League brace with a quick fire first half double over Arsene Wenger’s men, who are now five points of the pace in the race for the Championship.

Spurs keen in touch

However, Tottenham Hotspur kept to within two points of Leicester after coming from behind to beat Swansea City.

Alberto Paloschi gave the South Wales side the lead with his first goal for the club before second half strikes from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose secured victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Spurs stay in second place while Swansea remain in sixteenth, just three points above the relegation zone ahead of the midweek Premier League program.

Villa lose again

Bournemouth are just two points above the Swans after they extended their winless run to four games with a goalless draw with Watford, who drop to tenth after Stoke City beat bottom of the table Aston Villa.

Marko Arnautovic gave the Potters the lead from the penalty spot early in the second half before adding a second five minutes later, and that was enough to condemn the Midlands side to their seventeenth defeat of the campaign.

Wesr Bromwich Albion moved a further three points clear of the drop zone after beating Crystal Palace by three goals to two at the Hawthorns, though they made hard work of the win having been three nil up after just thirty-one minutes.

They did however manage to secure the victory, and leave Palace on thirty-two points, eight clear of the bottom three.

Finally, champions Chelsea came from behind to beat Southampton at St Mary’s, with goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic clinching the points.

Southampton drop to seventh while Guus Hiddink’s side are up to eleventh, and are now eleven points off the top four.

Can Leicester hang on at the top of the table?


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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