Leicester eased past Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday to stay within eight points of Premier League leaders Liverpool and move six clear of third-placed Manchester City. The result also saw Leicester — on 38 points — open a sizeable gap over fourth-placed Chelsea on 29 points and fifth-placed Manchester United on 24 points. What began as an end-to-end encounter in the torrential rain soon turned in the visitors' favour when Jamie Vardy opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Kelechi Iheanacho doubled Leicester's lead with four minutes remaining in the first half, but Villa captain Jack Grealish pulled one back for the hosts after a VAR check on the stroke of half-time. Leicester defender Jonny Evans netted for the first time this season in the second half, however, before Vardy struck again to seal victory for the Foxes just two days after coach Brendan Rodgers signed a new deal at the club amid links to managerless Arsenal. Vardy's second goal of the day was his 16th this season, cementing his status as top scorer in the Premier League so far this term. The 32-year-old's finishes also meant he has scored in eight consecutive games for the second time in his Premier League career. The only other player to achieve that feat is former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy. Villa's defeat was not their only setback as England defender Tyrone Mings was forced off with an injury in the first half. Elsewhere, Matt Targett was seemingly fortunate to remain on the pitch after a reckless challenge on Leicester's Ricardo Pereira saw the Villa man receive a yellow card, which a VAR check did not overturn. Leicester's win was their eight in a row in the Premier League — a club record.
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