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1) SHANE LONG (SOUTHAMPTON) – 7.85
The Republic of Ireland star helped keep Saints’ pursuit of European football alive with the opening goal in an emphatic 4-2 win at relegated Aston Villa.
Long headed home in the 15th minute and then capitalized on a dreadful Leandro Bacuna backpass to break through on goal but he unselfishly squared the ball to two-goal hero Dusan Tadic.
The 29-year-old was a constant menace throughout and his ninth league goal of the campaign ensured Ronald Koeman’s men have plenty to play for in their remaining three matches.
2) LEONARDO ULLOA (LEICESTER) – 7.64
Who needs Jamie Vardy? The Foxes didn’t look like they missed their suspended top goalscorer as Ulloa stepped up to the plate with a brace in a crucial win.
It helped Leicester continue their relentless march towards an historic Premier League title as Swansea City were cast aside by a four-goal to nothing margin.
The powerful Argentine striker headed in Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick before half-time and then scrambled home a third to all but secure the three points in the second-half.
With Vardy set to miss this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford, Ulloa is likely to be Claudio Ranieri’s sprearhead in attack once again.
Man of the match, Leonardo Ulloa— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 24, 2016
1st PL start since Jan 2
2 shots, both goals pic.twitter.com/YQ4dFTPTls
3) CESC FABREGAS (CHELSEA) – 7.50
Chelsea’s season may be fizzling out to a dour ending but Cesc Fabregas looks to be getting back to his best ahead of Euro 2016 in France.
Having revealed last week that he “forgot” how to play football under the management of Jose Mourinho, the Spaniard certainly showed no signs of that as he helped the Blues batter Bournemouth 4-1.
The former Barcelona man set-up their first three goals on the south coast, teeing up Pedro and Eden Hazard before giving Willian the ammunition to fire home in the second-half.
4) RIYAD MAHREZ (LEICESTER) – 7.48
There’s just no stopping the newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year.
The Algerian star netted the Foxes opener in the important home success over Swansea, as he pounced on a poor Ashley Williams clearance and then showed fine composure to stroke the ball home after ten minutes.
The 25-year-old has now scored 17 Premier League goals this term and has a further 11 assists to his name.
5) CRAIG GARDNER (WEST BROM) – 7.44
Often one of the Albion’s unsung heroes in the middle of the park, the former Sunderland man put in a fine performance as Tony Pulis’s side all-but killed off Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge.
He laid on a fine corner for Craig Dawson to head home and level the scoreline on 73 minutes, much to Spurs’ anguish.
Spurs’ surprise slip-up at White Hart Lane means Leicester are seven points clear with three games remaining and the Foxes’ fairytale will be complete if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked on course for another comfortable victory when Dawson bundled in a first-half own-goal but the defender redeemed himself, heading home with 18 minutes left as Hugo Lloris misjudged a corner.
A disappointing night for Spurs could become worse too as Dele Alli may face a retrospective ban for appearing to punch West Brom’s Claudio Yacob.
Here’s the best reaction on Twitter to Monday’s night’s result:
Leicester City boys must be texting & calling each other going bananas after that Spurs result!!!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) April 25, 2016
Whatever you think of his football a Tony pulis side never, ever head to the beach early.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 25, 2016
Feels weird not to be cheering on Spurs. Any other circumstances or season I'd be jumping through hoops.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 25, 2016
The impact of "miracle" Leicester making posters on the Tokyo underground. pic.twitter.com/KMCV23CV9T— Sean Carroll (@seankyaroru) April 26, 2016
7 points clear with 3 games to go.— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) April 25, 2016
RT if you want Leicester City to win the league pic.twitter.com/ZGDlzTGv3n
I've finally decided to push the boat out and make a prediction on who will win the league. I think it'll be Leicester.— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) April 25, 2016
Things that were more likely to happen than Leicester winning the league: https://t.co/9stravNSin— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 24, 2016
Can't wait to see Chelsea giving former boss Ranieri and Leicester a Guard of Honour at Stamford Bridge.— Liam Canning (@OffsideLiam) April 25, 2016
CG: 'People in Leicester will be pleased with that result. But the most important thing was us getting a result' pic.twitter.com/GQ34nkbPg9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBAFCofficial) April 25, 2016
VIDEO: Is this the goal that has won the title for Leicester. Sensational from Dawson!.. https://t.co/1tVIozf5pi— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) April 25, 2016
I feel that even Man U fans will want Leicester to beat them next Sunday haha— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) April 25, 2016
Leicester only need 3 points from their last 3 games to win the Premier League.— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) April 25, 2016
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Riyad Mahrez was presented with the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday after contributing 17 goals and 11 assists to the Foxes’ fairytale campaign.
Mahrez was flown down by helicopter to the ceremony from the King Power Stadium, where Claudio Ranieri’s side had earlier thrashed Swansea 4-0 to move eight points clear at the top of the table.
The Algerian held off competition from Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane, Mesut Ozil and fellow Leicester men Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante to win, but dedicated the success to his team-mates.
“All the credit is for them, seriously,” Mahrez said.
“And for my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.
“I’m very grateful to receive this award, it’s a pleasure. It’s extra special because if the players vote for me it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy.
Mahrez has been instrumental in his team’s remarkable rise and he now joins a glittering list of former winners that includes Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
“The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez said.
“We work so hard for each other. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.
“If sometimes we are not good, we know we are going to run and make the effort for our team-mates. That is the secret of our success.”