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Leicester are for real, five point clear in Premier League


Leicester are for real, five point clear in Premier League

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LONDON – Leicester City’s unlikely assault on a first Premier League football itle gathered momentum with a ruthless 3-1 demolition of Manchester City helping them storm five points clear at the top on Saturday.

Defender Robert Huth scored twice and Algerian magician Riyad Mahrez fired his 14th league goal of the season as Leicester sent a clear message of intent to those who still doubt they have the quality to become champions.

Bookmakers have now made Claudio Ranieri’s men, 5 000-1 outsiders at the start of the campaign, favourites to go all the way.

Tottenham Hotspur moved above Manchester City into second place, Kieran Trippier scoring in a 1-0 win over Watford at White Hart Lane.

Leicester have 53 points from 25 games. Spurs are on 48, one ahead of Manchester City. Fourth-placed Arsenal, who visit Bournemouth on Sunday, have 45. (Reuters)

Other scores: (Home team first)

Newcastle United 1, West Bromwich Albion 0

Aston Villa 2, Norwich 2

Stoke 9, Everton 3

Liverpool 2, Sunderland 2

Swansea 1, Crystal Palace 1

Southampton 1, West Ham 1