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English Premier League 2015-16

Reality check for Leicester City in English Premier League

Unlikely leaders suffer first defeat since September, going down 1-0 away to Liverpool

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 December, 2015, 1:43am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 December, 2015, 1:43am

Leicester City were given an English Premier League reality check when the unlikely leaders lost 1-0 at Liverpool on Saturday.

Christian Benteke’s second-half goal sealed the points at Anfield as Leicester suffered their first league defeat since September when they lost to Arsenal.

Third-placed Manchester City closed in on Leicester by crushing lowly Sunderland 4-1 and Tottenham Hotspur consolidated fourth place as Harry Kane scored twice in a 3-0 home victory over Norwich City.

Guus Hiddink’s second spell as Chelsea’s interim manager began with a 2-2 draw at home to Watford. Oscar wasted the chance to secure victory for the champions when he missed a late penalty at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea remained in 15th place.

Crystal Palace drew 0-0 with Bournemouth, moving above Manchester United into fifth spot.

At the bottom, Aston Villa drew 1-1 with West Ham United to leave manager Remi Garde still awaiting a first win since taking over from Tim Sherwood.

Managerless Swansea City won for the first time since October, beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 to climb out of the relegation zone above Norwich and Newcastle United.