Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Premier League: Leicester destroys Swansea, they're two wins from the title

Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal showed a little bit of life in the midweek win against West Brom, now they needed to do so again in order to keep their top four aspirations strong. While the level scoreline at the end of the first half was just, both teams should have had a penalty opportunity for hand ball in the box. Late in the first half, Per Mertesacker saw a ball go off his arm on its way towards the goal. Just a few minutes later, DeAndre Yedlin was guilty of a similar offense in the other penalty area. Mike Dean refused both shouts and we went into the break without a goal.

The second half was looking much better for Sunderland than it was for Arsenal. They were the ones putting pressure on the goal while the Gunners were forced to defend and try and attack on the counter. Nothing came of Sunderland's possession or Arsenal's... anything really. It was a frustrating draw for both sides. 

Sunderland will take the point in their relegation fight, but they probably felt they could have found a goal here. They are out of the bottom three on goal difference over Norwich. Arsenal will look at this and winder why they didn't win. They need more than a point to get beyond Manchester City for third and to fight off Manchester United who are right behind them in fifth.

The one good thing for Arsenal was Jack Wilshere making his first appearance of the season. He came on for Mesut Ozil in the 84th minute, which is a questionable move considering the circumstances. Was he really the best option to throw out there in order to get a win? Or was Wenger just giving him some playing time because he has been hurt all year long? 

Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City
Leicester City would have to recover from last week's draw at West Ham without their leading scorer thanks to Jamie Vardy's red card for diving. The Foxes do have other players besides Vardy, though. Each and every one stepped up in the ass kicking.

Riyad Mahrez was around to pick up the slack early on. He scored to give Leicester the lead in the tenth minute. He stole a pass from Ashley Williams and slotted home with ease. Vardy's direct replacement was also getting in on the action. Leonardo Ulloa headed home a free kick in the 30th minute, and Leicester were up a pair after a half hour. Leicester would proceed to take a two goal lead into half time for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.

Ulloa would score his second of the match at the hour mark to continue to rout. Jeffery Schlupp created the goal with a brilliant break down the pitch and perfect feed for Ulloa. Leicester needed nothing else, but Marc Albrighton added to the Euphemia at King Power Stadium by making it 4-0 in the 85th minute. They were cruising to this blowout.

So, with three matches to play, Leicester City are eight points ahead of Spurs, who play tomorrow night at home against West Bromwich Albion. I think its safe to pencil that in as a win for Tottenham, so let's go ahead and say Leicester are up by five points with three to go. That means a win against Manchester United next weekend will turn the impossible dream into an actual reality.

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