Leicester City finishing EPL title race on top
Premier League Match-day 35: Leicester 4 - 0 Swansea City
Leicester City has done it again, soundly defeating the Swans on Sunday. The Foxes are firmly in first place, 7 points up from second place Tottenham on the Premier League ladder with their name almost on the trophy after an absolutely amazing campaign this season. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester side easily defeated Swansea City 4 - 0 at home, supported by their joyous, grateful, and appreciative fans.
The Foxes are seven points clear with three games remaining. Leicester need only one more win to become EPL champions! Playing for a coach they love, on the cusp, and chasing the Premier League title, Leicester City are optimistic they will will at least the needed 3 more points to cinch the title, despite a few more tough matches coming up that you will not want to miss! LiveFootballTickets.com has the very best Leicester City tickets available to watch key Leicester superstars Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in live action as they battle with their side to stay on top.
The Foxes clearly love playing together, and have won 22 of their 35 Premier League games this season, losing only three times. Leicester’s superstar striker Jamie Vardy missed Sunday’s match with the Swans, suspended after his red card last week. Vardy yelled into the refs face after he was handed the second yellow card for what looked like a trip but the referee decided was a dive.
However Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, and Leonardo Ulloa stepped up to fill Jamie’s shoes as he sat watching the match in his private box kept company by his fiancée. Riyad Mahrez moved his team past any fears of failing without Vardy to rest as he opened the scoring only 10 minutes into the match with a stunning solo goal. Ulloa sent fans to their feet cheering as he scored a brace for the Foxes, striking at 30 minutes and 60 minutes. Albrighton scored a late goal at 85 minutes making the final score 4 – 0.
Leicester goalie Kasper Peter Schmeichel gets credit for another clean sheet, making his total for the season 15 – tied with Man City’s Joe Hart for the most clean sheets in the 2015-16 EPL campaign. Schmeichel is the son of former Manchester United shot-stopper, Peter Schmeichel. Foxes fans went wild with the result.
After harsh former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson was sacked last summer, veteran Italian manager Claudio Ranieri was hired and has taken his ambitious minnow side from near relegation to the top of the table in what will be remembered as one of the most stunning Premier League club climbs in history all the way to the Premier League silverware and a spot in the Champions League next year.
Leicester boss, Ranieri expressed his optimism and pride in his men as he talked about his side after leading his men to 22 victories, 3 losses, and 9 draws. “It’s important because everybody wanted to see our answer without Jamie Vardy and that was a fantastic answer in my opinion,” said Ranieri after the game. “We played well, very concentrated, and in a different way because without Jamie we had to change something. And we made a fantastic match. I’m not more optimistic because of this result, but I am optimistic.”
“I am positive, I know it’s not easy because in my mind Tottenham will win all their four matches and we will need to get five points. Its not easy but why be nervous? We have enjoyed all the season. We are having a fantastic season and we have achieved a lot already,” added Ranieri. “Now there are only three matches left that we know are very important for our history and, for this reason, we will give everything. If it happens, it’s OK. If it doesn’t, congratulations to Tottenham. Tottenham have very good players but my players are also fantastic. We play with our heart and it’s difficult to beat someone who plays with heart and soul.”
Leicester are fit and emotionally ready to embark on their final three matches - facing Man United away at Old Trafford next weekend, followed by a home game against Everton, and a clash away at Chelsea to mark the end of a fantastic season of football that will never be forgotten by anyone on the Leicester squad or in the stands.
“We have to fight because we may never again have this fantastic moment,” Ranieri continued. “I told my players before the match: ‘We have had a dream so far, now make the dream reality. Now is the right moment to push everything - everything!’ Then, we will be without regret if Tottenham are better than us.”
On Sunday night, Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez won the Professional Footballers’ Association Award in London. The Algerian was named 2015 – 2016 PFA Player of the Year. To date, Mahrez has scored 17 goals with 11 assists for league leaders, Leicester. Also named as finalists in the PFA competition were Jamie Vardy with 22 goals, 6 assists; and title race rivals Tottenham’s Harry Kane with 24 goals, and 1 assist. Mahrez is the first African to win the Players’ Player of the Year award.
Mahrez, Vardy, and a few other Leicester players traveled to the PFA Awards ceremony in style on the Leicester owner’s private helicopter after the Foxes magical home victory against Swansea City on Sunday. Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur is keeping their slim title hopes alive after drawing 1 - 1 in a disastrous clash with West Brom at White Hart Lane after West Brom’s Craig Dawson redeemed himself from his own goal with a second-half header.It was a bad night for the Spurs due to the result, an injury to Dier, and the possibility that Dele Alli will face a ban for an off the ball incident. It is not over yet.
Premier League top four race
Leicester City has almost put their name on the EPL trophy as the Foxes sealed their first-ever place in the elite Champions League tournament next season with a chance to be crowned “Kings of Europe”. The Foxes’ dreams have turned into reality and they are battling to win the Premier League title. The Spurs are in second place with only a slim chance of moving up since Leicester only need 3 more points for the title. Still in the fight for a top-four spot are Manchester City, FC Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham, and Liverpool.
After EPL Week 35, Leicester City remain in first place with 76 points at the top of the 2015-16 England Premier League Table. The Spurs are in pursuit with 69 points. Arsenal and Manchester City each have 64 points; Manchester United 59 points, West Ham 56 points, and Liverpool has 55 points.
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Remaining Premier League schedule for Leicester City:
May 1: (A) Manchester United v Leicester City
May 7: (H) Leicester City v Everton
May 15: (A) Chelsea v Leicester City
Remaining Premier League schedule for Tottenham Hotspur:
April 25 (H) Tottenham Hotspur v West Brom
May 2 (A) Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
May 8 (H) Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
May 15 (A) Newcastle v Tottenham Hotspur
Remaining Premier League schedule for Manchester City:
May 1 (A) Southampton v Manchester City
May 8 (H) Manchester City v Arsenal Tickets
May 15 (A) Swansea City v Manchester City
Remaining Premier League schedule for Arsenal:
April 30 (H) Arsenal v Norwich City
May 8 (A) Manchester City v Arsenal
May 15 (H) Arsenal v Aston Villa
Remaining Premier League schedule for Manchester United:
May 1 (H) Man United v Leicester City
May 7 (A) Norwich City v Manchester United
May 10 (A) West Ham United v Manchester United
May 15 (H) Manchester United v Bournemouth
Remaining Premier League schedule for West Ham:
April 30 (A) West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United
May 7 (H) West Ham United v Swansea City
May 10 (H) West Ham United v Manchester United
May 15 (A) Stoke City v West Ham United
Remaining Premier League schedule for FC Liverpool:
April 30 (A) Swansea City v Liverpool
May 7 (H) Liverpool v Watford
May 11 (H) Liverpool v Chelsea
May 15 (A) West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool