EPL: Soyuncu and Vardy raise Leicester to third place with victory at Palace
LONDON: Leicester rose to third in the Premier league while the good form of the Foxes continued with a hard 2-0 victory in crystal Palace thanks to the goals of the second half Caglar Soyuncu & Jamie Vardy .
Brendan Rodgers' men beat Southampton 9-0 last Friday, but a tough palace forced them to work much harder for all three points.
Soyuncu's stooping header from James Maddison's corner just before the hour mark made the breakthrough & Vardy's hot streak continued when he finished off an excellent team move two minutes from time.
Leicester edge ahead of Chelsea on goal difference & six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who they host next weekend, in the battle for a top four finish.
Vardy had the best chance of an uninspired first half when a wonderful pass from Maddison freed the former England international from behind, but he couldn't force the ball past Vicente Guaita from a narrow angle.
Set-pieces seemed the most likely source of a goal for either side early on & Jonny Evans headed the first warning shot from the visitors looping just over moments later.
Vardy was inches away from getting caught in a brilliant Youri Tielemans pass that divided the defense, but it was the hosts who threatened first after the break.
Cheikhou Kouyate's center selected Jordan Ayew, but the Ghanaian could not make contact when the ball crossed the goal.
On the other end, Evans threatened again when he found a corner of Maddison with a raised headboard that Guaita turned the bar.
However, from the resulting corner, Leicester made the breakthrough when Soyuncu stooped to head home.
Palace have scored just four goals in their first six home games of the season & their lack of a goal threat was clear as they probed for an equaliser without ever forcing Kasper Schmeichel into a serious save.
Leicester then produced one of the few real moments of quality in the game to seal all three points when Vardy played a one-two with substitute Demarai Gray before drilling into the bottom corner with his left foot.