Week 24: Vardy double sees Leicester bag win over Liverpool, Man Utd send three past Stoke

Leicester held onto top spot of the Premier League as a Jamie Vardy doubled helped the Foxes to a 2-0 win over Liverpool, as Claudio Ranieri’s side continued their magnificent season.

It took an hour to break the deadlock at the King Power Stadium and it was Jamie Vardy who put the home side in front and it was a goal of the season contender from the league’s top scorer as he volleyed home from 25-yards over the head of Simon Mignolet.

Jamie Vardy took his tally to 18 in Leicester's 2-0 win over Liverpool image: ballball.com

Jamie Vardy took his tally to 18 in Leicester’s 2-0 win over Liverpool
image: ballball.com

Vardy added his 18th of the season and second of the night on 71 minutes as the English forward make sure of all three points for the league leaders, when he pounced home from Shinji Okazaki’s deflected effort.

Man City maintained their place in second to remain three points off Leicester as Sergio Aguero’s 16th minute strike was enough to hand Manuel Pellegrini’s side a 1-0 victory at Sunderland.

Harry Kane was on the double as Tottenham raised above rivals Arsenal into fourth place with a 3-0 win at Norwich, as the Gunners fell back to fourth place after being held to a scoreless draw by Southampton.

Man United eased the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal as the Red Devils matched their biggest win of the season with a much-improved performance to record a convincing 3-0 win over Stoke.

Jesse Lingard put the Red Devils in front on 14 minutes when he headed in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross to give Man United their first goal in the first-half at Old Trafford since September.

Anthony Martial doubled their lead nine minutes later with a brilliant countering attack from the home side and the Frenchman turned provider for Wayne Rooney on 53 minutes when he scored from close range to bag all three points.

Chelsea continued their improvement under interim manager Guus Hiddink as they went eight-games unbeaten, but it was still a frustrating night for the Blues who were held to a 0-0 draw at Watford.

Elsewhere, two late Ross Barkley penalties gave Everton their first league win in six with a 3-0 thrashing of 10-man Newcastle, while Aston Villa were plunged deeper into relegation trouble after West Ham bagged a 2-0 win over 10-man Villa.

Anthony Martial scored his ninth goal of the season in Man United's 3-0 win over Stoke image: theguardian.com

Anthony Martial scored his ninth goal of the season in Man United’s 3-0 win over Stoke
image: theguardian.com

Tuesday 2 Feb

Arsenal 0-0 Southampton
Leicester 2-0 Liverpool (Vardy 60, 71)
Norwich 0-3 Tottenham (Alli 2, Kane pen 30, 90)
Sunderland 0-1 Man City (Aguero 16)
West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa (Antonio 56, Kouyate 85 | Ayew s/o 17)
Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth (Dann 27) | Pugh 34, Afobe 57)
Man United 3-0 Stoke (Lingard 14, Martial 23, Rooney 53)
West Brom 1-1 Swansea (Rondon 90 | Sigurddson 64)

Wednesday 3 Feb

Everton 3-0 Newcastle (Lennon 23, Barkley pen 88, pen 90 | Lascelles s/o 90)
Watford 0-0 Chelsea

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