Leicester left Newcastle nonetheless rooted within the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-Zero thrashing of the Magpies on Sunday, whereas West Ham’s Champions League ambitions have been dented by a 0-Zero draw at Burnley.
Regardless of being hit by a coronavirus outbreak that left Brendan Rodgers with out seven gamers, the Foxes gave Eddie Howe one other reminder of the duty he faces to maintain Newcastle within the high flight as Youri Tielemans struck twice on the King Energy.
Howe will be capable of name on the assets of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund within the January switch window and outcomes elsewhere this weekend imply they continue to be simply three factors adrift of security.
However Newcastle face Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis and Manchester United of their subsequent three video games and, on this kind, might be fortunate to flee that run with out one other extreme hit to their purpose distinction.
Leicester had gained simply two of their earlier 9 video games in all competitions and have been dumped out of the Europa League by Napoli on Thursday.
Nevertheless, they obtained the break they wanted to edge in entrance earlier than half-time when James Maddison engineered contact with Javier Manquillo to win a penalty.
With Jamie Vardy watching on from the bench, Tielemans took accountability from the spot to open the scoring seven minutes earlier than half-time.
Patson Daka’s kind has seen him earn his spot forward of Vardy in current weeks within the Premier League and Zambian had the simplest of duties to roll in his seventh purpose of the season from Harvey Barnes’ unselfish cross to double Leicester’s lead.
Tielemans rounded off a effective group transfer for his second of the afternoon earlier than Maddison’s effective end compounded Newcastle’s ache 5 minutes from time.
Victory lifts Leicester to eighth and again within the combat for a spot within the high 4 whereas West Ham wasted the prospect to increase their benefit over the chasing pack.
The Hammers have gained simply considered one of their final 5 league video games as Nick Pope pissed off David Moyes’ males with a string of saves at Turf Moor.
West Ham edged one level forward of fifth-placed Manchester United, however Tottenham, who should not in motion this weekend as a result of their very own Covid outbreak, are simply two factors again with two video games in hand.
A degree additionally does little to help Burnley’s hopes of survival as they continue to be in 18th, however are actually simply two factors adrift of security.