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Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City: 5 talking points as clinical City comfortably see off chasing Foxes | Premier League 2020-21

Vaibhav Joshi
ANALYST
Modified 04 Apr 2021
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#3 Jamie Vardy’s lack of goals could be an issue for Leicester City

Vardy (R) has struggled for goals of late this season
Vardy (R) has struggled for goals of late this season

Having ably carried the bulk of Leicester City’s goal-scoring responsibilities on his back over the past few seasons, Jamie Vardy’s attacking output has dipped considerably this season.

The typically free-scoring Vardy has blanked in his last six league encounters and has scored just twice in his last 15 appearances, a far cry from his usual standards.

Even though he has struck up a profitable strike partnership with Kelechi Iheanacho, which has resulted in the Nigerian bagging seven goals in his last five appearances, Vardy’s lack of goals would be a concern not only for the player himself but also his side.

As such, both Vardy and the Leicester City faithful will be hoping that he finds his scoring form sooner rather than later to ensure that the side caps off their excellent campaign thus far with a strong finish to the season.

#4 Manchester City tighten their grip on the Premier League trophy amidst quadruple charge

City remain in the hunt for a historic quadruple this season
City remain in the hunt for a historic quadruple this season

After a sluggish start to their campaign, Pep Guardiola’s men have turned it around in impressive fashion and have emerged as the dominant force in the league this season.

City looked to be well off the pace at the start of the season with two defeats and three draws in their first 10 league games, struggling to put together a consistent run of positive results.

However, a few subtle tactical tweaks and the signing of Ruben Dias seemed to give City the impetus they needed as they put together an impressive run of 21 straight wins in all competitions. They have put themselves in pole position for a major trophy haul.

A victory for City against Leicester saw them extend their lead atop the Premier League table to a near-unassailable 17 points. With an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, a Carabao Cup final against Spurs and a Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund to come, their hopes of securing a historic quadruple are well and truly alive.

#5 The battle for the top four continues to rage on

Despite the defeat, Leicester remain firmly in the race for the top four
Despite the defeat, Leicester remain firmly in the race for the top four

Defeat for Leicester City in this fixture means that the race for Champions League places remains very much on.

After fourth-placed Chelsea fell to a shock 5-2 defeat at home against lowly West Bromwich Albion, the ball is now in second-placed Manchester United’s court. If they get a favorable result against Brighton on Sunday, they will carve out a tiny yet potentially crucial lead over their nearest competitors in the top four.

With seven teams battling for three Champions League spots, the fight for European football looks likely to rage right until the end of the season.

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Published 04 Apr 2021
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