Leicester City’s Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Stoke City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on April 1, 2017. Ben STANSALL / AFP
Leicester, meanwhile, were indebted to Wilfried Ndidi’s first Premier League goal – an outstanding long-range strike in the 25th minute – as the champions won 2-0 at home to Stoke, extending new manager Craig Shakespeare’s 100 per cent record to four matches.
Jamie Vardy volleyed in the second for the Foxes, and his fifth in six matches, early in the second half. Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, as Tottenham trimmed the Blues’ advantage at the top to seven points.
Spurs’ hard-earned 2-0 win at Burnley narrowed the deficit thanks to Chelsea’s unexpected slip-up against in-form Palace. A manic start at Stamford Bridge saw Sam Allardyce’s visitors recover from conceding the opener to Cesc Fabregas in the fifth minute to be in front by the 11th, Christian Benteke chipping goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after a fine move also involving Wilfried Zaha, who had already just equalised.
Everton’s 18-year wait for a victory against Liverpool at Anfield will extend several more months at least after their 3-1 Merseyside derby defeat in the lunchtime kick-off.
Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho’s right-foot shots, in the eighth and 31st minutes, gave Liverpool the half-time advantage – either side of Matthew Pennington’s first goal in his Everton career.
Manchester United were unable to make any significant ground up from fifth place as they were held to a 0-0 draw by West Brom at Old Trafford.