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Leicester gain crucial victory in relegation battle

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Leicester City moved up to 18th position in the Premier League table after winning 2-0 at home against midtable Swansea on Saturday.

The Foxes took the lead after just 15 minutes. The ball was played into the Swansea area and defender Wes Morgan controlled the ball, ran at the defence and found Leonardo Ulloa, who produced a powerful effort that beat Lukasz Fabianski.

The Midlanders missed two golden chances to increase their lead, as Marc Albrighton and Andrej Kramaric spurned good opportunities.

Nigel Pearson’s side had goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to thank for maintaining that narrow lead, after the Dane produced a superb stop to deny Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira, who was through on goal.

The Foxes were denied by Fabianski on a number of occasions until the 89th minute when they sealed the victory. Esteban Cambiasso’s free-kick was palmed away by Fabianski, only for Andy King to follow in and produce a side-footed effort past the Poland international.

The win means that Leicester are now just two points away from Premier League safety. The victory also means that Burnley slipped to the bottom of the table, after the Clarets lost 1-0 at Everton’s Goodison Park.

In truth the home side were in control of the game. The Toffees had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot on ten minutes, after on-loan winger Aaron Lennon was brought down in the penalty area by David Jones.

However, Burnley keeper’ Tom Heaton produced a good save from Ross Barkley’s penalty kick. Roberto Martinez’s side did take the lead on 29 minutes though.

James McCarthy did well to cut the ball back to Kevin Mirallas, who stumbled slightly, but still managed to poke an effort past Heaton.

Burnley were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half-time, as Ashley Barnes was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Everton continued to dominate the game in the second period, but Clarets striker Danny Ings should have equalised with a close-range header.

The Toffees held on to the lead and moved closer to the top half of the Premier League table. It was their fourth Premier League victory in five games.

Can Leicester and Burnley survive the drop this season?

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