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Leicester's title bid wobbles

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Premier League leader Leicester City have dropped two crucial points in their unlikely bid for the title by drawing 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.

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Craig Gardner curled in a 50th-minute free kick to deny Leicester a win that would have pushed them five points clear of the chasing pack – with title rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all playing on Wednesday, UK time.

Leicester fell behind to a goal by Salomon Rondon in the 11th minute, but roared back when central midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Andy King scored in the 31st and 45th minutes, respectively.

“We should have won the game. They only had a couple of shots and they scored,” King said.

“We’ve got that belief, so we always thought we would score. It’s disappointing.”

Leicester squandered a slew of late chances to grab all three points, and could now surrender top spot on the ladder should Tottenham beat London rivals West Ham on Wednesday.

Sunderland moved out of the bottom three after a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, while bottom side Aston Villa are eight points from safety after losing 3-1 at home to Everton.

Chelsea moved into the top half of the after a 2-1 win at Norwich while Bournemouth moved further away from trouble with a 2-0 win over south-coast rivals Southampton.

-AP

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