Leicester City have been the feel-good story of the Barclays Premier League this season. A team that was promoted last season into England’s top-flight, finished in 14th place with 41 points in 38 games.

Following their 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, Leicester are sitting in first place with 50 points in 24 games so far this season.

A big reason for their success this season is the play of two of their key players; forward Jamie Vardy and midfielder Riyad Mahrez.

Vardy gave the hosts a 1-0 lead on Tuesday in the 60th minute after a wonder strike that is worthy of goal-of-the-year. He was played in by an assist from Mahrez, which was the Algerian’s ninth assist of the season.

Vardy later doubled the Foxes lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute after his left-footed shot was chipped over Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet inside the box.

At the final whistle, Leicester had themselves another three points that see them still at the top of the BPL. The home side only had 36% of the possession in comparison to Liverpool’s 64%. However, they forced Mignolet to make four saves in the match out of their 13 total shots.

According to BBC Sport, Leicester midfielder Daniel Drinkwater praises Vardy’s skill by saying “he can turn an average ball into a great ball.”

Vardy now has 18 goals and three assists in 24 league appearances this season. Last season, the Englishman only had five goals in 34 appearances.

If Leicester wants to keep this strong run up, they will need to continue to get the best out of their two key players. Also, they will need some big results throughout the remainder of the season as they still face Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

Their next match will also be a huge one as they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face second-place Manchester City on Saturday. The Citizens are three points behind Leicester for the top spot, and are coming off a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday.

In their earlier match-up this season, Manchester City traveled to Leicester in December and the teams played out a 0-0 draw.

Whether or not they win the title this season, Leicester City have made the Barclays Premier League a lot more interesting than in years past.


Larry Henry Jr
Spark Sports Analyst