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Leicester move into the position of champions-elect

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Leicester fans in dreamland at Selhurst Park
Leicester fans in dreamland at Selhurst Park

Leicester took a huge leap towards the most remarkable Premier League title triumph of all-time after they recorded a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Eight-points clear at the top, newly installed as 4/9 favourites to be champions and with all the momentum behind them, Claudio Ranieri's men stand on the brink of history after Riyad Mahrez's first half winner in a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

"I think now we are close to achieving the Champions League, that is a great achievement, step by step," said Ranieri, who again side-stepped questions on winning the title.

"I’m not dreaming. I let our fans dream. I make a comparison between the race for the title, and each match. You don’t know what will happen until the end.”

Leicester fans didn't want to leave the ground at the end of the game, as this clip confirms:

Meanwhile, the acclaim continues to flow their way on Twitter, with their highest profile fan among the first to tweet his congratulations:

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal closed up to within three points of second-placed Tottenham, who host Bournemouth on Sunday, following a comfortable 2-0 victory at Everton.

Norwich moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory at West Brom - a first win in 11 league matches thanks to a goal from Republic of Ireland star Robbie Brady (below).

Cesc Fabregas scored a controversial late penalty as Chelsea drew 2-2 in a thrilling game against West Ham at Stamford Bridge, while Stoke moved up to seventh in the table after a 2-1 win at Watford.

Get all the best reaction to Saturday's Premier League action and the best previews of Sunday's big games in this weekend's Sunday World.