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Leicester city centre lit up in blue

Leicester town hall Credit: Reuters

With Leicester City edging closer to their Premier League title, some of the city's most famous buildings have been lit up in blue.

While the Foxes could seal glory by winning against Manchester United on Sunday, there is still a chance they may lose out to second-placed Spurs.

However, in anticipation of three points at Old Trafford, some buildings across Leicester have been lit up in blue, and pictures of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez plastered on walls.

A number of buildings are lit up in blue Credit: ITV News
A tower lit up in blue Credit: ITV News
Jamie Vardy on a building wall Credit: ITV News

Catching Leicester unlikely says Spurs striker Kane

Spurs slipped up against West Brom. Credit: PA

Harry Kane insists Tottenham's title challenge is not over but admits Monday's slip-up against West Brom has made catching Leicester "unlikely".

Mauricio Pochettino's side were held to a 1-1 draw by the Baggies at White Hart Lane as Craig Dawson cancelled out his first-half own-goal to leave Spurs seven points adrift in the race at the top.

Leicester need only three points from their three remaining matches to be crowned champions, meaning Claudio Ranieri's men can complete their fairytale season with a win at Manchester United on Sunday.

"Is it over? I don't think so, there's still three games left," Kane said.

"If they lose the next game you just never know the pressure. It makes it a lot, lot harder now we haven't won. It's not in our hands, it's in Leicester's hands.

"They'd have to lose two and draw one and we'd have to win all three. It's not impossible but it looks unlikely the way their season has gone so far.

"But we can't control them, we haven't been able to control them for the last few weeks. They've been doing their job, as have we, it's just a shame we didn't get the three points."


Ranieri back his 'Caesars' to cope without Vardy

Ranieri will be without the suspended Vardy. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri backed Riyad Mahrez to rediscover his form and insisted his title-chasing squad of "Caesars" can cope without the suspended Jamie Vardy.

The Foxes host Swansea on Sunday five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with four games left, and can extend their advantage to eight points with second-placed Tottenham not in action until Monday.

Algeria international Mahrez has scored just three goals in his last 17 games but bagged a hat-trick in Leicester's 3-0 win at Swansea in December, and Ranieri believes he holds the key to the Foxes' success.

"He is fantastic. Riyad is our light," the Italian said. "When he switches on, wow, Leicester change colour - that is the truth."

Vardy misses out following his dismissal in last weekend's 2-2 draw against West Ham, and could be hit with a further ban depending on a Football Association hearing next week for his reaction to referee Jon Moss following his second yellow card for diving.

But Ranieri feels his team can overcome the England striker's absence.

"Without our goalscorer, it is not easy to play," the manager said. "We give, every time, the maximum but I am sure we will give a little more to win the match.

"I think I have 24 stars. I have 24 Caesars - that is our strength. There isn't one Caesar but there are the other 23."

Leicester can cope without banned Vardy - Simpson

Vardy was sent off against West Ham. Credit: PA

Jamie Vardy has been one of the players of the season, but Danny Simpson is confident his absence will not derail Leicester's title bid.

Vardy will miss next weekend's clash with Swansea after bring sent off against West Ham and things could get even worse after being charged by the Football Association with improper conduct for his furious reaction.

The England striker and Leicester have until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a charge that could lead to an additional ban, but Simpson is confident the Foxes have the wherewithal to cope with the striker's absence.

"Vardy has been one of the best players in the league," the full-back said.

"But Leo (Ulloa, who scored the equaliser against West Ham with a stoppage-time penalty) came on and got a point for us - that was a lot of pressure for anyone.

"Other players have scored in the team and before last week Vards hadn't scored for five or six games, so we'll deal with it.

"We've got other players who can come in. Just look at the game - Jeff (Schlupp) came on and won us a penalty and Leo came on and scored.

"Dema (Demarai Gray) has come on in the last few weeks and showed for a young lad his maturity and he's an attacking threat. So I'm sure we'll cope with it well."


West Ham chiefs felt 'threatened' by Leicester fans

West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold. Credit: PA

West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have complained of being targeted for abuse by Leicester supporters in Sunday's draw at the Walkers Stadium.

The 2-2 result came as a blow to Leicester's Barclays Premier League title ambitions, with only a late penalty from Leonardo Ulloa sparing the Foxes from defeat.

Leicester led through Jamie Vardy's goal, but the striker was later sent off and Andy Carroll's penalty drew the teams level before Aaron Cresswell fired West Ham ahead. Carroll's challenge on Jeff Schlupp was punished with the stoppage-time penalty from which Leicester forced the draw.

Sullivan told the Daily Mirror: "We didn't stay to applaud our own players off as we felt threatened. We've spoken to Leicester and they've told us they would look into it."

Gold wrote on Twitter: "Elderly Leicester fans turned into monsters when WHU went 2-1 up then returned to nice old people when LCFC equalised."

He added on Tuesday: "I want Leicester to win the PL and I am pleased for their fans but their behaviour towards us was unacceptable."

Leicester season has clouded West Ham success - Bilic

West Ham are still in for a shout with top four. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic admits Leicester's "fairytale" season has put West Ham's success in the shade.

The Hammers are still fighting for a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League with six games remaining.

But on Sunday they head to the King Power Stadium to take on a Foxes side on the verge of an incredible Premier League title, just a year after looking like certainties for relegation.

"People recognise we are having a good season, we are playing good football, and they are praising us," said Hammers boss Bilic.

"But what Leicester have done puts our successful season a little bit in the shadows.

"That's normal. It's like a fairytale and they deserve all the credit they are getting. It is unbelievable."

Leicester fan Friend taken off ref duties for Spurs game

Leicester-based referee Kevin Friend has been switched from taking charge of Tottenham's Barclays Premier League match at Stoke on Monday night.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited said the change was made to avoid adding an "extra scrutiny on the refereeing appointment" around Friend, who lives in Leicester and has been to games at the King Power Stadium.

Friend is from Leicester. Credit: PA

Leicester lead the table by seven points ahead of Spurs with five matches remaining.

While there is no suggestion of any question over the official's integrity in his impartial position, the PGMOL, which does not select Friend for matches involving his hometown club, felt given the circumstances it was sensible to move him to another fixture.

A statement read: "PGMOL has made the decision to change the referee for the match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur as Kevin Friend, initially selected for the game, is from Leicester and has attended matches at Leicester City in a personal capacity.

"Given the timing and context of this match, it was felt unnecessary to add extra scrutiny on the refereeing appointment.

"Neil Swarbrick will referee the match and Friend will referee Newcastle United vs Manchester City."

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