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Nov 4, 2019, 1:59:00 PM

Leicester go third with Palace win

Jamie Vardy was on target again for Leicester City on Sunday as helped the Foxes to seal a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to move to third in the Premier League table.

The striker scored the second goal of the game on 88 minutes following the opening goal by Çağlar Söyüncü, who had given the visitors the lead with his first Leicester goal on 57 minutes.

Demarai Gray, who came on as a substitute in the second half, was on hand to provide the assist for Vardy, and James Maddison and Youri Tielemans in the Leicester midfield were also impressive.

Leicester went into the game as slight favourites with sports betting companies, and their comfortable win justified that rating and took them back into third place in the table, level with Chelsea on 23 points, though with a better goal difference, and only two points behind Manchester City.

In fact, Leicester have one point more now than they did at the same point during their title-winning campaign of 2015-16, but speaking to the media after the game, manager Brendan Rodgers said that he had no intention of putting pressure on his players. 

“My senior players are first-class. The spirit is very good, and they understand we are trying to create something here we can sustain. People asked about European football at the beginning of the season and I said, ‘listen, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves’ because there are some incredible teams in this league.”

Turkey central defender Söyüncü, who joined the club in 2018, has been one of the leading players for Leicester this season, and he added to his reputation among Leicester fans by stooping to head in the opening goal just before the hour mark, and Vardy’s late goal sealed the game, though the visitors could have had a third when Ben Chilwell hit the post in injury time.

Palace, who went into the game in a comfortable mid-table position, rarely threatened the Leicester goal, with their best effort coming from a shot by Jeffrey Schlupp that was steered over the crossbar by the Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

It was another indication of the problems in front of goal that have become obvious for Palace in recent weeks, and it seems likely that manager Roy Hodgson, who is currently in negotiations over a new contract, will also push for more funds to bring in additional attacking options in January.

Words: Josh Dixon

Images: PA