EPL Fans' Top 5: Vardy stars for champions Leicester

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Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
9th May 2016

article:9th May 2016

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JAMIE VARDY (Leicester) – 8.09

Jamie Vardy scored a brace as Premier League champions Leicester defeated Everton 3-1.

Vardy struck in each half at King Power Stadium, and would have had a hat-trick had he not blazed a second-half penalty over the bar.

Vardy has 24 goals for the campaign, one behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

Leicester play their final game of the season next Sunday at Chelsea, the former club of manager Claudio Ranieri.

STEVEN DAVIS (Southampton) – 7.65

Steven Davis added to Tottenham’s misery in the aftermath of their failed Premier League title challenge as the Southampton midfielder’s brace sealed a 2-1 win.

A mistake from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris allowed the Northern Irish international to equalise on 31 minutes and he struck again after the restart to leave the north Londoners without a win in their last three matches.

Sixth-placed Southampton remain in the hunt for a Europa League place and will surpass their best points total in the division with a draw in their final fixture against Crystal Palace.

DWIGHT GAYLE (Crystal Palace) – 7.59

Dwight Gayle scored twice as Crystal Palace clinched a 2-1 win over Stoke that ensured the FA Cup finalists will avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The 25-year-olds put in a stellar shift to secure top-flight status and allow Palace to focus on their first FA Cup final appearance for 26 years later this month.

Gayle equalised two minutes after the interval and struck again midway through the half to secure only Palace’s second win in 20 league games.

His second goal was a gem. Fouled by Ryan Shawcross on the edge of the area, Gayle stepped up to curl a free-kick beyond a stranded Stoke keeper Jakob Haugaard.

ANDRE AYEW (Swansea) – 7.52

Andre Ayew scored a goal and assisted one as Swansea City cruised to a 4-1 victory over West Ham at Upton Park.

The Welsh club, with little to play for having long been assured of Premier League survival, moved the ball with pace and purpose, aided by Ayew’s superb talents.

For all his industrious efforts throughout the game, the Ghanaian star was rewarded on 31 minutes, tapping in Stephen Kingsley’s cross to double the Swans advantage.

JERMAIN DEFOE (Sunderland) – 7.48

Two goals midway through the second half, including a winner by the outstanding Jermain Defoe, secured a 3-2 win for Sunderland over Chelsea.

Defoe was prolific as he netted his 14th and 15th League goals of the season to help the Black Cats move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

If Sunderland win at home to Everton on Wednesday, they will stay up and relegate both Newcastle United and Norwich City in the process.