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Leicester thrash Swansea to move closer to title

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Any doubts over Leicester’s title hopes soon vanished as the Foxes restored their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.

There was a level of uncertainty as Leicester were going to be without the suspended Jamie Vardy but Claudio Ranieri’s side answered the critics once again with one of their performances of the season.

A Riyad Mahrez opener, a Leonardo Ulloa brace and a poacher’s goal from Marc Albrighton ensured the Foxes scored four goals in a game for the first time since the opening day of the campaign against Sunderland.

The first came after a gift from Swansea’s Ashley Williams when his clearance was blocked by Mahrez; the Algerian tucked the ball into the bottom corner to score his fourth goals against the Swans this season, following his hat-trick at the Liberty Stadium.

While the visitors had a larger amount of possession it was Leicester creating all the chances and they got their second on the half-hour mark. Ulloa doubled the hosts’ lead with a well-placed header from a Danny Drinkwater free-kick.

Standing in for Vardy, Ulloa again proved his reliability after an hour when he timed his run perfectly to tap in Jeffrey Schlupp’s ball at the back post.

Marc Albrighton may not have started the match but he made an instant impact from the bench. Fellow substitute Demarai Gray caused havoc on the right wing before being denied by Lukasz Fabianski, only for Albrighton to score with the rebound.

As emphatic as the scoreline appears, it is quite flattering for Swansea as Leicester could have comfortably scored twice as many goals. Schlupp, Shinji Okazaki and Andy King had good chances to get their names on the score sheet but failed to take advantage of a calamitous defensive display from the Swans.

Despite having 62% of the possession, Francesco Guidolin’s failed to register more than one shot on target.

As this historical season goes on Leicester set another club record; their 22nd win of the season is their highest ever tally in the top flight.

Rivals Tottenham face West Brom on Monday evening and anything but a win would give the Foxes an opportunity to clinch the title at Old Trafford next week.

Leicester’s fate is well in their own hands however, as they now need just five points to be crowned champions.

Francesco Guidolin Leonardo Ulloa Marc Albrighton Swansea City

About Mark Sheppard

I am an 18-year-old Journalism and Media student at De Montfort University, Leicester. I enjoy writing, especially about sport because my interests involve football, snooker, rugby, F1 and tennis.

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