Premier League: Kelechi Iheanacho fires Leicester Metropolis to huge win over Sheffield United; Brighton enhance survival bid
Graham Potter’s facet moved three factors away from third backside Fulham with a recreation in hand after a frenetic south-coast derby at St Mary’s.
London: Kelechi Iheanacho hit a hat-trick as Leicester thrashed doomed Sheffield United 5-0 to maneuver into second place within the Premier League, whereas Brighton improved their hopes of avoiding relegation with a significant win towards Southampton on Sunday.
Leicester confirmed no mercy to bottom-of-the-table United within the guests’ first match since Chris Wilder’s departure on Saturday.
Wilder, who led United from third-tier League One to the Premier League, left by mutual consent after a number of days of hypothesis about his future.
United, managed by interim boss Paul Heckingbottom, look destined for relegation after failing to construct on final season’s spectacular first marketing campaign again within the prime flight.
The Blades, 14 factors from security with solely 9 video games left, have misplaced six of their final seven league video games.
Leicester pushed them nearer to the Championship with their largest win this season.
Nigerian striker Iheanacho opened the floodgates within the thirty eighth minute on the King Energy Stadium with a close-range end from Jamie Vardy’s go after a flowing transfer.
Iheanacho’s third aim in his final three video games was adopted by Ayoze Perez’s positive strike from the sting of the realm within the sixty fourth minute.
Iheanacho scored once more within the 69th minute from Vardy’s cross and accomplished his treble with a 25-yard blast previous Aaron Ramsdale.
Ethan Ampadu’s personal aim from Vardy’s effort within the eightieth minute sealed the rout for Brendan Rodgers’ facet, who moved above Manchester United and inside 15 factors of runaway leaders Manchester Metropolis.
Spurs face Arsenal check
Brighton edged three factors away from third-bottom Fulham with a recreation in hand after a frenetic south-coast derby at St Mary’s, profitable 2-1.
It was a primary win in eight video games in all competitions for Graham Potter’s facet since they beat Tottenham in January.
The Seagulls are one level above fourth-bottom Newcastle, who journey to Brighton for a vital conflict within the relegation battle subsequent weekend.
Brighton took the lead via Lewis Dunk within the sixteenth minute.
Fraser Forster made a positive save to maintain out Neal Maupay’s shot however Dunk’s towering header from the ensuing nook flashed previous the Saints keeper.
Southampton drew stage within the twenty seventh minute when Dunk might solely assist Ryan Bertrand’s header into the trail of Che Adams, who volleyed residence on the far submit.
However Brighton went again in entrance within the 56th minute as Leandro Trossard produced a positive end from Danny Welbeck’s lay-off.
Afterward Sunday, Tottenham, unbeaten within the final 5 north London derbies relationship again to 2018, will intention to bolster their top-four bid by recording a 3rd successive victory towards bitter rivals Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho’s facet have gained their final 5 video games in all competitions and may near inside three factors of fourth-placed Chelsea with a recreation in hand in the event that they win on the Emirates stadium.
West Ham are additionally within the race to qualify for the Champions League through a top-four end.
David Moyes’ facet can transfer stage on factors with Chelsea with a recreation in hand in the event that they beat Manchester United at Outdated Trafford.
The Hammers have gained eight of their final 11 league matches, whereas United want the factors to cement their very own top-four ambitions.
United dropped to 3rd after Leicester’s victory, however Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males would return above them with three factors towards West Ham.
Former United boss Moyes, sacked by the Outdated Trafford outfit in 2014 after lower than a season in cost, will likely be returning to his previous membership for the second time this time period following their FA Cup defeat final month.
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