Leicester City are just three victories away from lifting their first Premier League trophy. The Foxes went close to the title after beating Sunderland by 2-0 at Stadium of Light on Sunday. Jamie Vardy, who has scored 21 Premier League goals for the Leicester City this season, scored both the goals for the league leaders in the second half. Victory against the Black Cats confirmed their place in the Champions League 2016-17 season, as Manchester United lost their game to Tottenham Hotspur by 3-0 at White Hart Lane the same day.
Vardy calmly opened the scoring against relegation-threatened Sunderland, before overtaking the defence of his opponents and putting a second one in stoppage time. The hosts’ best opportunity tumbled to Jack Rodwell, who blazed over. Sunderland stay 18th in the Premier League table, four factors from safety. Leicester City’s amazing surge towards the title indicates no signs of abating after a fighting success over Sam Allardyce’s side.
Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said there is “no pressure” on his team in the run-in to title and undoubtedly there were no indications of worries at the Stadium of Light. Danny Drinkwater helped Vardy with a long pass in his 20th league goal of the season, the first Leicester City forward to achieve the landmark in the top flight since Gary Lineker in the 1984-85 season. His 21st goal in stoppage time was terrific, leaving Patrick van Aanholt staggering before going round Vito Mannone to slip the ball into an open net.
Claudio Ranieri’s players have now won their last five league matches without conceding any goal, collecting their 14th clean sheet of the season on Sunday. They have lost only three of their 33 league matches so far. The fans stayed inside the ground well after the final whistle chanting “we’re going to win the league” and it now appears to be just a shocking breakdown will prevent them from lifting the trophy.