By GREG PALMER:
Another goal for Riyad Mahrez. Another victory for Leicester in its bid to become the English Premier League’s most unlikely champion.
Hours after seeing fellow title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal draw 2-2 in the north London derby, Leicester beat Watford 1-0 away to extend its lead to five points with just nine games remaining.
Mahrez grabbed the winner with his 15th goal of the season, controlling the ball at the edge of the area, feinting to give himself extra room, and curling an exquisite shot into the top corner in the 56th minute. It was the 11th away goal scored by the Algeria winger, who could yet complete a breakthrough season at soccer’s highest level by winning England’s Player of the Year award.
A team that was almost relegated last season is showing no sign of slowing up in its charge to the title. The same cannot be said of the other contenders.
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Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Arsenal
Chelsea 1 – 1 Stoke City
Everton 2 – 3 West Ham United
Manchester City 4 – 0 Aston Villa
Newcastle United 1 – 3 AFC Bournemouth
Southampton 1 – 1 Sunderland
Swansea City 1 – 0 Norwich City