Leicester closer to title after after Spurs draw


April 26, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker lies flat on the pitch at the end of their English Premier League football against West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in London yesterday. The game ended 1-1.


Leicester are one win away from their first Premier League title after Tottenham Hotspur were held 1-1 by West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

Leicester, a team transformed since narrowly avoiding relegation a year ago, can clinch the biggest prize in their 132-year history by beating Manchester United on Sunday.

Holding a seven-point lead over Tottenham, Leicester have three chances to become one of the unlikeliest champions of the English top flight and the first maiden title-winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978. Tottenham also have three games left.

West Brom - one of only two teams Leicester have not beaten in their last nine games - did the central England team a big favour at White Hart Lane.

Craig Dawson denied Tottenham the win with a 73rd-minute header after the defender's own goal gifted the hosts the lead in the first half.

Although Spurs look set to miss out on a first title since 1961, they are close to qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in six years.

Mauricio Pochettino's side might have to cope without Dele Alli for some of its remaining games through suspension. Video emerged of Alli appearing to swing a punch at Claudio Yacob's stomach during the first half and he could face retrospective action assuming it was missed by the referee.

Preparing for this game meant the 20-year-old Alli missed Sunday's Professional Footballers' Association ceremony, where he was named Young Player of the Year. Alli, who was playing in the third tier last year, has been a driving force behind Tottenham's unexpected title challenge.

The midfield dynamo showed why early on, playing a slick one-two with Harry Kane before the striker's shot was tipped on to the post by goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

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