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The Saturday View - Leicester and Spurs move clear

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Trippier the unlikely match winner for Spurs
Trippier the unlikely match winner for Spurs

This Premier League season continues to be impossible to predict and now we have two surprise teams leading the rest of the chasing pack.

Leicester's stunning 3-1 win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium  allowed Claudio Ranieri's men to open up a five point lead at the top of the table, with Spurs their nearest challengers after a 1-0 win against Watford.

The win for Leicester was enough to inspire their manager Claudio Ranieri to suggest they can dream of being champions, as he stated in this BT Sport interview:

Such was the commanding nature of a Leicester win secured by two Robert Huth goals and a wonderful striker from Riyad Mahrez (below) that some bookies have now installed Leicester as Premier League title favourites.

Tottenham are also emerging as title dark horses, after a Kieran Trippier goal eased Mauricio Pochettino's side to a 1-0 win against Watford at White Hart Lane.

"I feel very proud of the players," stated the Spurs boss.

"We need to be calm. We are in a very good position in the league but the philosophy from the beginning of the season has been to go step by step.

"We have a good idea of how we want to build the squad for the future and it is important to take this philosophy and deliver it."

It was also a big day for Aston Villa, who secured three vital points in their relegation battle against Norwich after a 2-0 win.

Jermain Defoe scored a dramatic 89th-minute equaliser to secure relegation-battlers Sunderland a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, on a day when Red boss Jurgen Klopp was absent after from appendicitis.

The Brazil forward then turned provider for Adam Lallana to score a second with 20 minutes left.

Newcastle moved out of the bottom three after beating West Brom 1-0 at St James Park with a 32-minute goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic, while Everton collected their second victory of the week when they won 3-0 at Stoke.

Republic of Ireland star Seamus Coleman was among the Everton scorers, just a few hours after he welcome his new baby daughter into the world.

Swansea and Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium in what was a first home game in charge for new boss Francesco Guidolin, with the draw ending a five-game Premier League losing run for the Eagles.

Get the best coverage of all the weekend's Premier League action in this weekend's Sunday World.