Well, well, well… Who thought that Leicester City vs. Aston Villa would be a contender for game of the weekend? The two Midlands sides produced a stunner to close Sunday’s action, with thrills, spills and great goals in plentiful supply.
When Carles Gil curled in a lovely left-footed effort to make it 2-0 midway through the second half it looked to be game over, but the Foxes fought back admirably and found three goals to flip the scoreline through Ritchie De Laet, Jamie Vardy and Nathan Dyer.
The result leaves the King Power Stadium outfit second in the league and unbeaten after five games, which really is some going! So what did we learn? Well, here are THREE things.
11 points from five games, second in the table and playing attractive football… what a start to the season it has been for Leicester. At 2-0 down to Villa the Foxes looked dead and buried, but the confidence and character in Claudio Ranieri’s ranks left the lingering feeling that there may be opportunities. And opportunities there were!
Dyer’s heroic effort sealed the 3-2 victory, leaving Leicester way above a host of big clubs – seven points ahead of champions Chelsea. Southampton shocked many last season after changing their manager and losing key players, could Ranieri’s side do the same this time around?
Jack Grealish was the subject of plenty of attention at the back end of last season. The wiry attacker burst into the Villa team following Tim Sherwood’s arrival, and flourished in the limelight. However, the goals didn’t come, and a fairly quiet start to 2015/16 got murmurings of whether he’s actually that good going.
However, today’s goal may just be the confidence lifter the youngster has been in need of. As the ball broke to the edge of the Leicester area he opened his body and caressed a right-footed shot into the corner of the Foxes’ net. Woof!
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In a surprise-filled opening month or so of Premier League action, Riyad Mahrez’s form has, arguably, been one of the major shocks. The Algerian winger was the Premier League’s top scorer heading into the international break – a title he still shares with Bafetimbi Gomis and Callum Wilson – with four in four, which is an achievement not even the most ardent of Foxes fans would have predicted prior to the big kick-off.
Arsenal were reportedly interested in him as the transfer window just gone closed, and if he can maintain the sort of form he’s showing Leicester may find it impossible to keep him beyond the winter window.