Leicester City vs. Swansea: Score, Reaction from 2016 Premier League Match – Bleacher Report

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Leonardo Ulloa did a fantastic job replacing the suspended Jamie Vardy on Sunday, scoring a brace to guide Leicester City to a 4-0 win over Swansea City, moving the club one step closer to the Premier League title.

Riyad Mahrez gave the hosts an early lead, and Ulloa doubled their advantage with a bullet header after 30 minutes. Swansea enjoyed plenty of possession but were unable to break down Leicester’s staunch defence, and when Ulloa added a second goal to his tally in the second half, the match was all but over. Marc Albrighton added to the scoreline late.


The win means Leicester now lead Tottenham Hotspur by eight points in the standings, but Spurs still have a match in hand. 

As the club’s official Twitter account shared, Leicester counted on Shinji Okazaki and Ulloa to take care of the scoring, with Vardy missing the clash:

Without the pace of Vardy to chase balls over the top, manager Claudio Ranieri opted to alter the tactical approach, using Ulloa as a target man and aiming less for the counter-attack. The visitors comfortably survived the first 10 minutes, but a blunder from Ashley Williams gifted the hosts the lead.

Williams played a poor pass straight into the feet of Mahrez, who gladly accepted the gift and fired the ball into the bottom corner. Per OptaJoe, the Algerian has come up huge for Leicester all season long:

Per Simon Peach of the Press Association, the King Power Stadium responded to the lead with a new chant:

Swansea reacted to the early setback by taking possession of the ball and patiently working it into the Foxes’ half, but it didn’t lead to many chances. Gylfi Sigurdsson fired a smart cross into the box after a short free-kick, but the Foxes easily dealt with the threat.

Ranieri’s troops did a fantastic job taking the pace out of Swansea’s passing, and while the hosts didn’t create much danger of their own, Mahrez’s early goal meant they didn’t have to.


Mahrez produced some trickery to find space for a shot, but Williams charged him down just in time, and Jeffrey Schlupp was finding space in behind the Swansea defence, but found few options in the final third.

The Foxes eventually doubled their lead at the half-hour mark, as Danny Drinkwater fired a perfect free-kick into the box, and Ulloa was there to guide it past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Bleacher Report’s Clark Whitney weighed in on what he was seeing:

Once again, the Foxes dropped the pace of the match immediately after scoring, and Swansea couldn’t find a way to deal with it. Sigurdsson looked lost as the main distributor, barely getting a touch in the danger areas, and with the full-backs flying up the pitch, the threat of the counter remained.

Leicester stopper Kasper Schmeichel was barely called upon in the first half, but he did have to make a fine save to deny Sigurdsson when the Iceland international fired a dipping free-kick toward the bottom corner.

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At half-time, Leicester looked to be in full control, despite the absence of Vardy.

Swans introduced Alberto Paloschi and Jefferson Montero to start the second half, and the ambitious new lineup immediately found more success against the Foxes’ defence. Pressure resulted in a corner, and Andre Ayew received a free header, aiming his attempt right at Schmeichel.

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The visitors looked far more incisive and threatening after the break, but once again, chances were rare. Leicester sat deep and patiently waited for their chances, and when those chances came, they took them.

Ulloa doubled his tally on the hour mark, easily slotting home after a great run and unselfish pass of Schlupp. Bleacher Report UK joined in on the fun:

Leicester knew the game was settled at this point, and Fabianski had to make a fine save to deny Schlupp a deserved goal. Two minutes later, Okazaki went close, lifting the ball over the bar.

Swansea held on throughout the barrage of chances, but during the final 15 minutes, the visitors barely ventured forward as the Foxes easily defended their lead. The hosts even managed to grab a fourth goal, as Albrighton fired home after a mad scramble.

Leicester City will visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in a crucial Week 36 clash, while Swansea will host Liverpool.


Post-Match Reaction

Per Leicester’s official Twitter account, Ranieri thought his team performed admirably in the absence of Vardy:

The Foxes need just five points out of their last three contests to win the title, but with matches against United, Everton and Chelsea, the schedule looks daunting. Week 36 will be crucial, as Tottenham Hotspur will take on the Blues, and if Spurs drop points, the title will be all but won for Leicester.


Leicester City vs. Swansea: Score, Reaction from 2016 Premier League Match – Bleacher Report