Premier League

Leicester City and Jamie Vardy march on

Vardy scored twice, notching for the eighth game in a row, as Leicester kept up the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

Leicester march on thanks to Vardy double
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Leicester City set a club record of eight successive top flight wins after two goals from Jamie Vardy helped them to an impressive 4-1 Premier League victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Leicester hot on the heels of Liverpool

The result left Leicester in second place in the standings on 38 points from 16 games, eight adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool and six ahead of third-placed champions Manchester City, who slumped to defeat on Saturday in the Manchester derby.

The league's top scorer Vardy fired Leicester ahead with his 15th goal of the season and Kelechi Iheanacho made it 2-0 with a deft finish before Jack Grealish pulled one back for Villa on the stroke of halftime.

Leicester too good going forward

Centre back Jonny Evans restored Leicester's two-goal advantage with a looping header from 10 metres shortly after the break, rising above his marker to meet a James Maddison corner.

The effervescent Maddison, who tormented the home team's defence all afternoon, shaved the post with a shot from the edge of the area in the 67th minute as 2016 champions Leicester continued to dominate.

Vardy put the icing on the cake for the rampant visitors in the 76th minute after he raced clear of Matt Targett from the halfway line and drove the ball past goalkeeper Tom Heaton into the bottom right corner.