​Leicester City have moved six points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table thanks to their 4-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, with Jamie Vardy scoring twice.


Tom Heaton was called into action to keep out Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans in the opening 10 minutes, while Anwar El Ghazi capped off a frantic start to the match when his close-range effort crashed back off the crossbar.


The hosts were made to pay when Vardy raced in between Aston Villa's two centre-backs and rounded the goalkeeper to, after tripping over his own feet, find the back of the net in his eighth straight match.

Leicester City started to take control of the match after their opening goal and Kelechi Iheanacho was able to double their lead before half-time, turning James Maddison's low cross inside Heaton's near post.


Jack Grealish kept his fine run of form going when his deflected shot squeezed into the corner of the net off the inside of the post, but Jonny Evans restored their two-goal lead just after the break with a stunning header from Maddison's corner.


Vardy scored his second of the afternoon with another trademark finish, finding space in between Aston Villa's two defenders before racing through on goal and sending the ball past Heaton.


 Villa struggled to create anything of note in the final 15 minutes of the match and Leicester saw out the game with ease, moving them to within eight points of league leaders Liverpool. They've now won eight games in a row in the Premier League.


Aston Villa


Key Talking Point


It was all square at Villa Park for the opening 20 minutes, but Tyrone Mings' decision to try to play through an injury cost Aston Villa early on Sunday.


The England international appeared to pull up with a hamstring injury but rather than going off, Mings forced himself to play on, which just second later allowed Vardy to breeze past him and open the scoring.

Tyrone Mings,Ricardo Pereira

Mings' decision ultimately turned the game on its head as Leicester took the game by the scruff of the neck after the opening goal, leaving Villa with little hope of getting any points from the match.


Player Ratings


Heaton (6); Elmohamady (6); Konsa (5), Mings (4), Targett (6); Nakamba (5), El Ghazi (5), Luiz (6), McGinn (6), Grealish (7*); Wesley (5).

Substitutes: Engels (5), Trézéguet (6), Guilbert (N/A).


Star Man


He didn't control the game like he's done in recent weeks, but Jack Grealish once again provided the one spark for Villa which could have seen them claw their way back into the match.




There isn't too much now for Grealish to do before he's considered by Gareth Southgate for an England call-up, and if his form continues the 24-year-old could be a sure-fire bet to be in the national team at Euro 2020.


Leicester City


Key Talking Point


Brendan Rodgers made the decision to sacrifice the wings against Aston Villa, dropping Harvey Barnes in favour of an extra midfielder - Dennis Praet - in the hopes that Leicester would control the middle of the park.


Even in doing so, Leicester's full-backs thrived with the extra space out wide and they caused problems throughout the match going forward, while neither Ricardo Pereira or Ben Chilwell were really caught out at the other end of the pitch.

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They might have conceded their 10th goal of the season - that's still the best defensive record in the Premier League - but Leicester put in a performance which proved once again why they deserve to be Liverpool's closest challengers in the title race.


Player Ratings


Schmeichel (7); Pereira (8), Evans (7), Soyuncu (8), Chilwell (7); Ndidi (7), Praet (7), Tielemans (7), Maddison (8); Iheanacho (7), Vardy (9*).

Substitutes: Barnes (6), Albrighton (6), Justin (N/A).


Star Man


Leicester City might be one of the best teams in Europe right now, but Rodgers' side are still looking towards Jamie Vardy to be the crown jewel in the squad.


The former England international didn't disappoint once again as his raw pace helped him to break the deadlock at Villa Park, while it also opened up space for Leicester City's creative players to work their magic.




Vardy recovered well after tripping over his own feet in the build-up to his opener, becoming just the second player in Premier League history to score in eight games in a row more than once.


Looking Ahead


Aston Villa will look to get back to winning ways next weekend when they travel to Sheffield United, while Leicester host Norwich City.


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