Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Premier League: Leicester running away at top

Sunderland 2-0 Leicester City
This one was Leicester City's to win right from the start. Although it looked a lot like this would be another scrapped out road result that they have become very familiar with. They had chances in the first half, but nothing that was bringing anyone out of their seat. They were even allowing Sunderland a few chances moving forward as well. As they scrapped away in the 66th minute, a patented Jamie Vardy counter attack got the scoring started. He collected a long ball and blazed past the back line to score while one on one with the keeper. Sunderland had their chances for an equalizer. Particularly in the 81st minute when Jack Rodwell was all alone at the edge of the six yard box but launched his shot high and wide. Vardy would add Leicester's insurance goal deep in second half stoppage time by running right through Sunderland's defense and tapping into an open goal.

Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City
Liverpool went up early with a wonderful strike from Alberto Moreno in the eighth minute. Moreno was given acres of space off a throw in and he simply took every inch before curling one inside the far post. Stoke were able to garner a response not long after, though. Bojan Krkic tapped in a free kick that was poorly defended by the Reds in the 22nd minute. The goals kept flying in the first half with Liverpool regaining the lead through Daniel Sturridge's unmarked header in the 33rd.

Liverpool kept up the pace at the beginning of the second half, Divock Origi was left wide open on a 50th minute corner for one of the easiest headed goals he will ever get. His double would arrive in the 65th minute with a tricky shot from the edge of the penalty area. They wouldn't need any more as the four goals were more than enough to see off a weak Stoke side today.

Tottenham 3-0 Manchester United
Manchester United was stuck in traffic on their way to White Hare Lane, so the start was delayed about a half hour as everyone waited for the visiting team to make it to the ground. In the early going it looked like Spurs were more affected by the layoff than Manchester United was. They were sloppy with their passing and United were able to jump on that, but they didn't create any true chances. By the 25 minute mark, Tottenham had  settled in and started to pose a threat.  Despite their coming alive midway through the half, the Manchester United defense held firm in the face of danger and kept the score at nil-nil at the half.

The defensive stance for United continued into the second half.  They didn't exacltly hide it either. Subbing Marcus Rashford off for Ashley Young was more than enough to signal their intentions of sitting back and preventing a Spurs goal. It didn't work. In fact, the United defense collapsed in epic fashion. Dele Alli gave Spurs a 70th minute lead after a midfield turnover led to a break. Christen Eriksen pleyed in the perfect cross to make it very eay for him, too. Four minutes later it was 2-0 with a header from a Toby Alderweireld off a free kick. Less than two minutes after that Erik Lamela added a third and the rout was on. Manchester United were lucky they didn't give up a ton more.

Spurs are still barely alive in the title chase here. They really need to stay perfect while hoping Leicester loses a couple games. Leicester are still seven points clear of Spurs at the top with only five matches left. Nothing short of total disaster can keep the amazing story that has been Leicester from turning their wildest dreams into what is sure to be the wildest of realities in the coming weeks.

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