Leicester Go Top as Villain Girourd Turns Hero

Olivier Giroud

Jamie Vardy’s incredible scoring record came to an end but he still helped Leicester to a 3-0 win at Swansea City which sent them top of the Premier League log.

Riyad Mahrez took over the goal-scoring duties netting a hat-trick with Vardy, who last weekend became the first Premier League player to score in 11 consecutive matches, setting the Algerian up for the third goal.

The 3-0 win sent Leicester to the top of the Premier League while increasing pressure on Swans manager Garry Monk.

Mahrez headed the Foxes’ opener after five minutes and fired home his second halfway into the first half although with a hint of offside.

Mahrez sealed his first ever hat-trick after a counter-attack in the 67th minute.

The Foxes are now top of the log on 32 points, two ahead of Arsenal who labored to a 3-1 win over Sunderland which was hard earned than the scoreline suggests.

Joel Campbell put the Gunners ahead after 33 minutes but Olivier Girourd netted an own goal to pull the Black Cats level at the stroke of half time. The French forward however made amends after 63 minutes after which Aaron Ramsey gave the game an unfair scoreline by netting the Gunners third in the 90th minute.

Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke, both goals coming from Marco Arnautovic in the first half, sees them drop to third on 29 points, same as city rivals Manchester United who played to a barren draw against visiting West Ham at Old Trafford.

Southampton, mauled 6-1 by Liverpool in League Cup action this past Wednesday, were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Aston Villa. Joleon Lescott gave Villa the lead turning in a cross from a corner just before the half time whistle but Oriol Romeu draw the Saints level in the 73rd minute also from a corner cross.

Watford moved to 9th on the log after a 2-0 home success over Norwich City. Troy Deeney gave Watford the lead three minutes after the half hour mark with Nigerian Odion Ighalo making sure of the three points with a penalty in added time.

Tottenham lost ground on the Premier League’s top four after letting a lead slip at West Brom.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were ahead after 15 minutes when a long Toby Alderweireld pass picked out Dele Alli, who flashed a volley past Boaz Myhill.

But Spurs’ intensity dropped after that strong start and West Brom levelled before the break when James McClean’s header concluded a patient move.

The draw means Tony Pulis’ side stay 13th, nine clear of the bottom three.

Summary Results:
Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa
Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City
Watford 2-0 Norwich City
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland 
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham
Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United
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