EPL Fans’ Top 5: Southampton's Long top plus Leicester duo

Sport360 staff 14:58 26/04/2016
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Southampton lead the way in this week's ratings.

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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.

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.

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