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With 34 minutes on the clock Leicester finally managed to make the breakthrough, as Drinkwater slotted in his countryman – and soon-to-be international teammate – Jamie Vardy, who in turn fired the ball through the box for a waiting Mahrez to convert six yards out

As the end of 2016 approached, Palace were mentioned as possible challenges for a top-four place this season. An excellent first half of the campaign rightly led to widespread praise, but their form has tailed off to such an extent that they are actually now just two places outside of the bottom three

In fact, Mahrez and Vardy (33) have scored more Premier League goals between them this season than the whole Norwich team (30) and there were rumours this week that Mahrez has caught the eye of Spanish giants, Barcelona

The Gunners are one of just two sides to have beaten Leicester in the league this season and another victory at the Emirates would see Arsene Wenger’s side close the gap on the leaders to just two points

The 29-year-old has been a key figure in Leicester’s remarkable rise to the top of English football this season, scoring a league-high 18 goals, including a Premier League record run of 11 consecutive games in which he found the back of the net

The Reds’ manager has been openly shocked by the amount of games that England’s top flight compete in every season, and two FA Cup replays have not helped matters for the North-West outfit

The Foxes were apparently ready to improve on their initial £10 million offer for the 29-year-old, but Inter Milan have now entered the race and could be willing to offer Andrea Ranocchia on loan as part of the deal, convincing Ranieri to look elsewhere

Leicester are expected to return with an improved bid for the player before the transfer window closes on February 1.

The winning goal on Tuesday was certainly a lucky one as Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey fumbled Joleon Lescott’s header over the line.
It came in the 58th minute and Villa have scored just five first-half goals this season, a league low

The Cherries continued to dictate the play, but Leicester were inches from breaking the deadlock midway through the half when the league’s joint top scorer, Jamie Vardy, pounced on a wayward shot from strike partner Leonardo Ulloa and toe-poked against the inside of the post from close range

The Reds have been victims of the unpredictable nature of this season, but while there have been substantial high points – such as comfortable away victories over the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton – the stats do not make for great reading