Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sunday Premier League: Leicester stretch their lead, only four wins from title

Leicester City 1-0 Southampton
Tottenham's dropped points yesterday opened the door for Leicester to extend their lead at the top and move one step closer to their once impossible dream of winning the Premier League. Southampton's plan for the afternoon was to beat the Foxes at their own game. They allowed Leicester to control possession while looking to score on the counter. Their best chance with this tactic came just after the half hour mark when Sadio Mane was around Kasper Schmichel in goal, but he blasted his shot right into the ribcage of Danny Simpson, who had successfully tracked back to cover his goalkeeper. Minutes later, King Power stadium registered on the Richter Scale as captain Wes Morgan connected his first goal of the season by heading home a perfectly placed cross.

Southampton began to turn the pressure up in the second half. Thus allowed Leicester to sit back on their usual role as counter attackers. Jamie Vardy had a golden chance to double the lead just before the hour mark with a chipped shot that almost made it over Fraser Forster in the Saints goal. Simpson should have made it 2-0 as well in the 71st minute when he had a wide open goal at his disposal, but he tucked his shot straight into Forster again.

Saints looked increasingly likely to find a late equalizer as the clocked ticked towards the end. The Foxes' defense held strong inn the face of danger however. Leicester's counters were also becoming more frequent as Southampton debt numbers forward, but the lack of a final ball kept them from stretching the lead.

The win means that Leicester are four wins away from confirming their title. Their seven point gap at the top means 12 of their remaining 18-points will keep them from being caught.

Manchester United 1-0 Everton
Manchester United still have an outside shot at qualifying for the Champions League next season. They didn't get anything to build upon in the first half. There were sparse chances for United, but none of their seven attempts required the keeper's attention. That was better than Everton, though. The visitors only took one off target shot in the opening 45 minutes.

The second half saw a little more action poor of Untied. A pacy counter attack in the 54th minute led to Anthony Martial tapping home the lone goal of the match. Everton tried to pressure from that point on, but their attaching incompetence kept them from finding adv equalizer.

The win puts Manchester United back into fifth place and a point back of City for forth.

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