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Leicester march on, Chelsea end slump

Sunday, 2021-01-17 10:19:21
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Southampton - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - January 16, 2021 Leicester City's James Maddison scores their first goal. (Photo: Pool via Reuters)
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Leicester City maintained their impressive form as a 2-0 home win against Southampton extended their unbeaten Premier League run to five games to lift them into second place on Saturday (Jan 16)

Earlier in the day there was a first win for new West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce as his side beat faltering Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Molineux. There was also an important win for Chelsea who got back on track after a dreadful run of form with a 1-0 victory at Fulham. West Ham United beat Burnley 1-0.

* Australia's pacemen raised the pressure to take two wickets and leave India 161 for four at lunch on day three of the fourth test decider in Brisbane on Sunday. Josh Hazlewood had India number three Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind for 25 and Mitchell Starc had stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane edge to the slips for 37 on an overcast day at the Gabba.

* Sylvain Bruneau, the coach of 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, said on Saturday he has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Melbourne ahead of next month's Australian Open. Earlier on Saturday, Australian Open organisers said 47 players were forced into a 14-day hotel quarantine in Melbourne after three coronavirus infections were reported on two chartered flights, including one from Abu Dhabi, carrying them to the year's first grand slam.

* Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Saturday. The Spanish midfielder will miss the league match against Fiorentina on Sunday as well as Wednesday’s Italian Super Cup final against Juventus.

* Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino Garcia said his side are up for the challenge of facing Barcelona in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final. The Basque side have a good cup record against Barcelona in recent years. They beat Barca to lift the 2015 Super Cup, which was the last time Bilbao won a trophy, and they also knocked the Catalans out of last season's Copa del Rey en-route to the final.

* Borussia Dortmund had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 home draw against struggling Mainz 05 on Saturday that kept them in fourth place in the title race, four points off the top. Dortmund are fourth on 29 points, with Bayern, who face Freiburg on Sunday, in top spot on 33.

* Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says he will allow Lionel Messi to take a decision on his fitness ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Messi missed Wednesday's penalty shootout victory over Real Sociedad after picking up an injury in last weekend's victory over Granada.

* Neal Maupay scored the only goal as Brighton & Hove Albion snapped a nine-game run without a Premier League victory, with a 1-0 win over a lacklustre Leeds United on Saturday. The victory moved Brighton up to 16th in the table on 17 points, while Leeds stay 12th on 23 after their ninth league defeat of the season.

* Arsenal and midfielder Mesut Ozil have reached an agreement in principle to terminate the German's contract six months before it expires so he can seal a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce, The Athletic reported on Saturday. Ozil, 32, has not played for Arsenal since last March and was left out of the their Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season.

* Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Sunday's Premier League match at champions Liverpool will be a test of his team's title credentials. Leaders United have 36 points from 17 games, three more than second-placed Liverpool before the blockbuster clash at Anfield and Solskjaer backed his team to extend their advantage with a victory on the back of their superb form.