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Liverpool 2-1 Leicester: Salah seals comeback win

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  • The last four Premier League meetings between these two clubs have seen 17 goals scored (4.25 per game)
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 Premier League games – their longest such run under Jurgen Klopp
  • Jamie Vardy has scored seven PL goals v Liverpool, more than he has against any other team 

Liverpool beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday with Mohamed Salah scoring twice in the second half to seal victory.

Jamie Vardy (who else?) gave Leicester an early lead but Liverpool battered the Foxes for most of the game and Salah made amends for missing several chances in the first half as he scored two beauties after the break.

With the win Liverpool stay in fourth place on 41 points, while Leicester are without a win in five games in all competitions.

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Sloppy defending from Liverpool early on handed Leicester the lead as Joel Matip’s pass out of the box saw Vicente Iborra grab the ball. The Spaniard played in Riyad Mahrez and his cross was tapped home by Vardy. 1-0.

It should have been 1-1 soon after as Sadio Mane‘s cross found Salah in the box but the Egyptian somehow sidefooted wide.

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Salah raced clear soon after but Harry Maguire blocked well as Liverpool pushed hard to equalize.

Firmino then played in Salah but he missed the target again as the Reds dominated and pinned Leicester back into their own half.

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Liverpool did level and Salah made up for his misses as he kept his composure in the box after a wonderful back heel flick from Sadio Mane and finished. 1-1. Game on.

Salah was set free again soon after but his lob over Kasper Schmeichel was just over. Mane, for the second time in the game, had the ball in the back of the net but was offside and soon after Leicester were inches away from retaking the lead.

Wilfried Ndidi drilled a beauty inches wide of the far post after a corner saw the ball fall to him on the edge of the box.

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Coutinho forced Schmeichel into a smart save after he cut in from the left and moments later Liverpool grabbed the winner.

Salah spun Maguire and finished calmly to make it 2-1 as Liverpool secured a deserved win after withstanding some late Leicester pressure.

Watch Live: Leicester City vs. Manchester United

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Paul Pogba captains Manchester United as the Red Devils visit Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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He’ll work in a midfield with Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata as United attempts to keep pace with Man City and move five points clear of third-place Chelsea.

Eighth place Leicester can move three back of Burnley with a home win.

LINEUPS

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez, Albrighton, Gray, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, Dragović, King, Slimani, Okazaki.

Manchester United: De Gea, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, Young, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Rojo, Shaw, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Rashford.

WATCH LIVE: Newcastle United vs. Leicester City

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Newcastle United hopes to halt the progress of visiting Leicester City when the two sides meet Saturday at St. James’ Park (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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USMNT right back DeAndre Yedlin starts for Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies, with Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu both included on the bench.

Leicester have all their men, including Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, as Claude Puel seeks another win.

LINEUPS

Newcastle United: Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Merino, Hayden, Murphy, Gayle, JoseluSubs: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Mahrez, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Gray, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Fuchs, Dragovic, King, Ulloa, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Foxes stun Spurs

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  • Kane has 41 goals in 40 games in 2017
  • Vardy, Mahrez score stunning goals
  • Eriksen, Llorente miss sitters
  • Spurs with one win in last five PL games

Leicester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday to all but end Spurs’ faint hopes of wining the Premier League title.

Two stunning first half goals set Leicester on their way with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez putting the Foxes 2-0 up at half time. Harry Kane (who else?) pulled one back with just over 10 minutes to go to set up a tense finish but both Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente missed glorious chances as Spurs slipped up once again.

With the win Claude Puel‘s Leicester rose to ninth place and have 17 points, while Spurs are in fifth on 24 points and are now 13 points off leaders Manchester City who also have a game in hand.

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Leicester started well and Danny Rose cleared Wes Morgan‘s header off the line, while at the other end Spurs went close with Rose causing plenty of problems down the left.

Vardy then lobbed Leicester into the lead with a fantastic finish as Marc Albrighton‘s cross found him on the edge of the box and he lifted the ball over Lloris and into the net. 1-0.

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Spurs responded well to going behind as Moussa Sissoko raced free but Kasper Schmeichel smothered his effort and the ball looped towards the goal but Vicente Iborra cleared off the line.

Kane then cut inside and curled a shot just over the bar as Spurs continued to search for an equalizer and he went even closer soon after. Dele Alli had a shot saved by Schmeichel and he then had a follow-up which Kane, in an offside position, left as the ball squirmed agonizingly wide.

Right on half time Leicester doubled their lead with a simply stunning goal. Mahrez cut in from the right flank, jinxed past three Tottenham players and curled an unstoppable effort into the far top corner to make it 2-0.

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Spurs failed to generate many clear-cut chances at the start of the second half with Davinson Sanchez’s header almost turned in by Alli as Leicester started to sit back deeper.

Leicester were dangerous on the break as Vardy raced clear but Jan Vertonghen did well to recover and clear the danger with a last-ditch tackle.

Christian Eriksen missed a glorious chance at the other end as from five yards out the ball came to unexpectedly and he skewed his effort wide when he was off balance.

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Kane did pull one back from with an emphatic finish as he drilled home at the near post as substitute Erik Lamela made the goal on his return to action after 13 months out with a head injury. 2-1.

Substitute Fernando Llorente then got it all wrong with Serge Aurier whipping in a great cross but the Spaniard prodded over from close range with the goal gaping.

Schmeichel made a brave stop late on to deny Kane an equalizer as the Englishman came flying in to try and get on the end of an Aurier cross.

Rose went down in the box late on claiming a penalty kick after he looked to be caught by Wilfried Ndidi but nothing was given and Leicester held on for a huge win.

PL preview: Leicester City vs. Man City

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  • Man City unbeaten in the PL (10W-1D-0L)
  • 38 goals scored in 11 games; 16 in their last 4
  • Leicester unbeaten in last 5 games (2W-3D-0L)

It took an early-season managerial change, but Leicester City have managed to turn around another spiraling-out-of-control campaign in recent weeks, only to return from the international break as Pep Guardiola‘s irresistible Manchester City side makes its yearly visit to the King Power Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

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After winning just one of their first eight Premier League games this season, Leicester made the bold decision to fire Craig Shakespeare four months into his tenure as the club’s full-time manager. In came former Southampton boss Claude Puel, who has a win and a draw in his first two games in charge (on the back of a win in Michael Appleton’s lone game as interim manager). With seven points from three games following Shakespeare’s dismissal, the Foxes sit on 13 points and are suddenly up to 12th in the PL table.

A little further up the table — say, the very top by a wide(ning) margin — you’ll find Man City, winners of 15 straight in all competitions (nine in the PL), scorers of 15 more goals than the next closest side, and runaway title favorites just past the quarter mark of the 2017-18 season. This is what Guardiola was hired to do at City, and he’s delivering a year or two ahead of schedule.

The only thing likely to stop City from running away with the title would be a series of injuries and/or health scares felling key figures — the first of which nearly occurred this week, as star striker Sergio Aguero fainted during halftime of Argentina’s friendly against Nigeria. Aguero has since returned to Manchester and been given a “perfect” bill of healthy by the club’s medical staff (see below). City’s new all-time leading goalscorer, Aguero has eight in eight PL games and leads a side currently on pace to score 131 goals this season.

What they’re saying

Claude Puel, on Guardiola and his new job: “He is a great manager, a fantastic manager. His teams keep possession and they counter attack well. They are the best team in Europe in this moment. … It is amazing. I am enjoying it because the feeling of the players is very good. They work with attention and a good focus.”

Pep Guardiola, on Aguero and other injuries: “The doctor says he’s perfect. He was conscious all the time in Argentina and he’s okay. Nothing to be worried about. … I have something in mind to replace (Nicolas) Otamendi. We have (Eliaquim) Mangala, maybe Kompany can come back. Kyle (Walker) can play there. … I don’t know if (Fabian) Delph will able to play because in four sessions this week, he trained two. Hopefully we can recover him, because he is so important.”

INJURIES: Leicester — OUT: Robert Huth (foot); QUESTIONABLE: Vicente Iborra (ankle) | Man City — OUT: Benjamin Mendy (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Raheem Sterling (back), Vincent Kompany (calf), Fabian Delph (calf)

Prediction

While Leicester have seen an uptick in results of late, their defensive record remains spotty, at best, against sides induce far less terror than Man City. The game should set up in Leicester’s favor, though: City will have 70 or so percent of possession, which means more than a few chances to hit them on the counter. There’s a 10 percent chance Leicester get something from this one, and a 90 percent chance City turn them into just another statistic.