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Vardy leads Leicester past Bournemouth

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Leicester City beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as Jamie Vardy inspired a comfortable Foxes win.

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Vardy scored in each half and set up Youri Tielemans for the other goal, as Callum Wilson had pulled Bournemouth level.

The win pushed Brendan Rodgers‘ side into the top four, while Bournemouth have now lost back-to-back games and conceded three in each.


3 things we learned

1. Vardy still has it – He may be 32 years old, but Vardy is rolling back the years. His first goal was vintage Vardy and just seems to be using his pace in much smarter areas. With three goals and an assist to his name already this season, Vardy is on track for a fifth-straight season of hitting double figures.

2. Bournemouth’s defensive issues concerning: They have now conceded six goals in their last two games and Bournemouth just can’t work things out defensively. Eddie Howe‘s side are the great entertainers, but they have to improve at the back if they’re going to challenge for a top 10 finish.

3. Leicester set for serious top six push: After four games of the season they are unbeaten and Leicester could have easily secured four wins. They have eight points on the board and look the team that is most likely to break into the top six. Brendan Rodgers’ side are young, hungry and ready to kick on. Soyuncu has been superb in replacing Maguire and the Foxes will be worrying the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Could a top four finish be on the cards? Why not.

Man of the Match: Jamie Vardy – Two goals and an assist proves he still produces, but he sets the tone for this entire team with his tireless running up top. Wonderful display from the veteran forward.


Vardy put Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale under pressure early and blocked a clearance and that was a sign of things to come.

Leicester’s main man put them 1-0 up after a long ball over the top from Ben Chilwell found him and he lobbed Ramsdale to put the Foxes ahead in style.

But Bournemouth levelled moments later as Fraser played in Wilson and he dinked home beautifully to make it 1-1.

Marc Albrighton smashed off target and Maddison sent a header just wide as Leicester looked to go back in front in an end-to-end game. Caglar Soyuncu then fired just wide after a surging run forwards as the Foxes pinned Bournemouth back.

Vardy set up Tielemans to make it 2-1 as the Leicester forward worked his way into the box and crossed for the Belgium midfielder who scuffed an effort into the far corner.

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Maddison flashed an effort wide as Leicester pushed hard to seal all three points, and VAR was used to rule out a red card after a late challenge from Youri Tielemans.

Adam Smith was found in the box but his shot was blocked well as Bournemouth battled to get back into the game late on.

Wilson went down in the box under a challenge but no penalty was given and the striker was instead booked for simulation.

Vardy then wrapped up all three points.

Bournemouth were caught in possession in the box as Maddison won it back and Tielemans found Vardy who swept home his second and Leicester’s third.

Game. Set. Match.

Both teams had chances late on, but Leicester had done more than enough to grab all three points and head into the international break on a high.

Premier League friendly roundup: West Ham, Crystal Palace win; Everton falls twice

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With two weeks to go before the start of the season, there were a number of Premier League teams in preseason friendly action Saturday morning, and almost all of them came out victorious.

Early in the morning, Manchester City topped Yokohama FM in Japan 3-1, with Kevin De Bruyne impressing for the defending Premier League champions.

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West Ham United visited Craven Cottage and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to Manuel Lanzini‘s 18th minute goal. The defense for the most part kept Fulham in check and the Hammers were in control for the entire first half. The Whites only found one good opportunity with 12 minutes to go as Aboubakar Kamara came close, and Andriy Yarmolenko nearly scored at the death for West Ham.

Everton played a pair of matches, with the Opel Cup featuring two 60 minute games against Sevilla and Mainz. The Toffees dropped both games, falling to Sevilla 1-0 before dropping to Mainz 3-1. A penalty was the difference in the opening game against Sevilla, while Lewis Gibson scored in the losing effort against the German side. Robin Quaison did the damage for Mainz with a pair.

Aston Villa came out on top of Charlton Athletic 4-1 as Scottish international John McGinn scored twice. His second was an absolutely blistering solo effort that came when he stole the ball in the attacking third, skipped around a foul by a defender, rounded the keeper on the end line and scored from a tight angle.

Anwar El Ghazi and Andre Green were also on the scoresheet as Villa heads into its final week of preseason preparations, with one more friendly coming next weekend against RB Leipzig.

Leicester City got a winner from Youri Tielemans in the 84th minute as the Foxes topped Stoke City 2-1. The Belgian finished off a cutback from Ben Chilwell for the winner, which added to Marc Albrighton‘s strike on the hour mark. The two goals were required to wipe off Stoke’s 70th minute goal by Nick Powell. The game was marred by a horrible ankle injury to Ryan Shawcross which had the home fans spooked for quite some time at bet365 Stadium.

Bournemouth got goals from Jordan Ibe and Dominic Solanke as the Cherries topped Brentford 3-1. Ibe was especially bright, opening the scoring just before halftime and assisting the third from 20-year-old Sam Surridge. A pair for Bournemouth against Lyon and Lazio on back-to-back days in early August are the final tuneups before the season.

Burnley drew with Wigan 2-2, throwing away a two-goal lead they built in the opening 10 minutes thanks to goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil. The Clarets were pegged back by a James Tarkowski own-goal just before halftime and Joe Gelhardt’s equalizer past the hour mark. Burnley controlled much of the first half but they were forced to defend for significant stretches after the break.

Brighton clobbered Birmingham City 4-0 as Glenn Murray got on the scoresheet early and a Shane Duffy second-half pair finished things off. It was all seagulls, as Jurgen Locadia also found the back of the net and Martin Montoya struck the crossbar 15 minutes from time. Only the first 15 minutes of the second half saw Birmingham City truly threaten, and Brighton was able to weather the storm. New manager Graham Potter utilized a three-CB defense and it worked wonders in the opening 20 minutes, working a team goal finished off by Murray before Leandro Trossard stole a poor pass by the goalkeeper and fed Locadia for a turn-and-shoot.

Sheffield United also took a four-goal haul to victory, topping nearby Barnsley 4-1. Callum Robinson scored twice and Ben Osborn scored on his debut for the club as the Blades won for the fourth this this preseason. Ravel Morrison also made his club debut, seeing time in the final 15 minutes.

Watford secured a 1-0 victory over QPR as main man Etienne Capoue scored the game’s only goal in a repeat of the same opponent, scoreline, and goalscorer from the FA Cup 5th round last season. QPR had chances and moments throughout the game, but Capoue took charge past the half-hour mark in an otherwise drab first half.

Crystal Palace obliterated Bristol City 5-0 as everything was working for the Eagles in their preseason tuneup. Christian Benteke provided a thumping header while Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp were also on target in the match. Wilfried Zaha was not in the squad for Palace but they certainly didn’t miss him as Luka Milivojevic controlled the midfield powerfully and the attacking threat was constant.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

Watch Live: Man City v. Leicester City

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Manchester City host Leicester City on Monday at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and the situation is clear for Pep Guardiola‘s side.

If they beat Leicester all they need to do is win at Brighton on the final day of the season this Sunday to secure back-to-back Premier League titles.

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With Liverpool two points clear of City after their late win at Newcastle on Saturday, the pressure is on the reigning champs to get past an in-form and dangerous Leicester side to regain their one-point advantage in the title race.

Oh, how Liverpool fans hope their former boss Brendan Rodgers can do them a massive favor on Monday…

In team news Man City start local lad and 18-year-old Phil Foden in midfield, while Leicester start Jamie Vardy up top with James Maddison, Marc Albrighton and Hamza Choudhury in support of him.

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Premier League preview: West Ham v. Leicester City

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  • Leicester City has lost just once in its last 9 meetings with West Ham
  • West Ham has just 5 PL clean sheets this season
  • Leicester City has not won 3 straight road matches since April 2016

Leicester City continues its push for a place in Europe as the Foxes travel to London to take on West Ham United live at 10:00 a.m. ET on CNBC or live online at NBCSports.com.

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The Foxes sit in seventh place in the Premier League table, and while they’re unable to catch Manchester United in sixth sitting 17 points back, they still have a crack at a place in the Europa League should Watford fail to win the FA Cup. It’s a hotly contested race, with Wolverhampton Wanderers level on points with Leicester at 47, while Everton and Watford are both a point back with 46.

As a boost, Leicester City could have Marc Albrighton back from a long-term hamstring injury that has kept him out for two months, although it’s unlikely he would start right away after being out for so long. The 29-year-old was a regular in the Leicester lineup before his injury, appearing in all but two of the club’s Premier League matches until his injury in early February.

For the Hammers, they sit in 11th position and have work to do to reach the top half of the table, behind Watford and Everton by four points. Jack Wilshere could find his way back from an ankle injury, although the club is reportedly being careful with his return. They are missing a trio of important attacking players, with Manuel Lanzini, Javier Hernandez, and Samir Nasri all likely out with injury problems.

What they’re saying

West Ham manager on his season to this point: “It’s not an easy answer because there are two sides to it. Yes, I’m happy because it is a solid season compared to the last one. Having so many important players injured for so long is not easy. But always I feel we can do better.”

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers on a possible European place: “We’re not really thinking about that. We want to finish as high as we can and do our very best. It’s important we continue to work and prepare for next season while finishing as strongly as possible.”

Prediction

Leicester City has fared well against West Ham in the past, and while this is a road trip for the Foxes, it has far more importance to the visitors than the home side, who have already pretty much packed up shop for the season. With Leicester City needing this match much more, and West Ham missing a number of attacking players, the Foxes should come away with it 2-1, returning home with a vital three points away from home.