Resurgent Iheanacho, Leads Leicester City to Victory at Aston Villa

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Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a near-post finish as the Foxes eased to a win

In-form Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero of the night as Leicester City set a new club record of eight successive win in the 4-1 away victory at Aston Villa last night in the English premiership.
Before his strike, the Nigerian had assisted Jammie Vardy to put the Foxes ahead in the 20th minute.

Four minutes before the half-time break, he doubled their advantage after converting James Maddison’s cross at the near post with the aid of Ezri Konsa’s deflection.

This was Leicester’s eighth consecutive league win – something they had never achieved before in the top flight – and the eighth game in a row in which Vardy has scored. Extend that run by four, and Vardy will surpass his own 11-game scoring streak, set in the title-winning year of 2015-16.

The hosts’ comeback was short lived, however, with Jonny Evans heading in from a corner shortly after the interval.

Vardy then dashed clear with 15 minutes remaining to slide an effort beyond Heaton and put the game out of Villa’s reach.

Leicester remain second in the top flight, but now have a six-point advantage over Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s side were beaten by Manchester United on Saturday.

The last time Leicester City visited Villa Park they were en route to the most remarkable of Premier League triumphs, while the hosts were heading towards the Championship.

Four seasons on and, while no bookmaker will give you odds of 5,000-1, a repeat of those league-winning heroics would seem almost as unlikely, despite their lofty position.

Liverpool’s dominance means any talk of Leicester’s name being etched on the trophy again has been little more than a whisper, but is it time to start shouting about the Foxes’ chances?

This victory means Rodgers’ side have now won more top-flight games in a row than at any time in their history and have more points at this stage of the season than when Leicester won the league.

In fact, in 15 of the past 27 Premier League seasons they would be sitting top of the table after 16 games with such a tally.

Rodgers, who signed a new contract this week, is leading a side in ruthless form.

Vardy pounced for his first after a neat ball from Iheanacho, making the most of the space left behind by a limping Tyrone Mings to open the scoring – after which the Villa defender was immediately replaced.

He might have had another moments later after another neat Iheanacho pass, but instead it was the Nigerian who bundled home from close range to double the Foxes’ lead.

Leicester seem to have a knack of scoring in timely fashion this season, too.

Evans’ header from a deep Maddison corner stemmed Villa’s fightback after Grealish had struck before the break and Vardy’s second from Dennis Praet’s assist ensured a club record-breaking eighth successive win in the top flight.

Many might be writing them off but no-one has told Leicester, who face their title rivals as part of a packed Christmas schedule.

It has been a testing week for Villa in which they have had to mix it with two of the top four and face a trip to Manchester United.

That was coupled with the sad news former league-winning manager Ron Saunders passed away on Saturday.

After earning a draw at Old Trafford and suffering a narrow defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, boss Dean Smith said in his programme notes that his side had proved they can compete with those towards the top of the division. But they were blown away by Leicester on Sunday.

At times, captain Grealish must have felt like he was leading the fight on his own, and he cut a frustrated figure – sarcastically applauding the award of a throw-in in the first half and getting booked in the second.