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There's nothing lucky about Leicester City's 1-goal wins

You'd expect title-winners to be a bit more dominant, but the Foxes were very effective in their narrow win this week. An explanation of that, plus some heroics from Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

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The Premier League's title race wasn't altered at all this weekend. That's a big story, because the team at the top of the table is Leicester City, who have a five-point cushion on Tottenham Hotspur and an outrageous 11-point one on Arsenal. The Foxes keep winning, and with this few games left in the season, they're now very much favorites to capture the title at the end of the season.

This weekend's scores

Everton 0-2 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Norwich City
Watford FC 1-2 Stoke City
Chelsea 2-2 West Ham United
Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa
Southampton 3-2 Liverpool
Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford scored a goal he'll remember forever

It would be a stretch to say that Manchester United played well against Manchester City. They defended adequately, but they were the inferior team. And yet, they took all three points at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to one moment of brilliance from Marcus Rashford.

Rashford followed up his red hot first two matches with a five-game goalless streak, which he managed to end 16 minutes into the Manchester Derby. He pulled Martin Demichelis' pants down, and the City defender was eventually subbed off in the 52nd minute.

After winning three of their last four league games, United are now just one point behind City, very much in the race for fourth place. Partially thanks to Rashford, Pep Guardiola might be coaching in the Europa League next season.

Leicester didn't get lucky this week

There's a popular myth that Leicester City aren't actually a good team, and that they're experience a drop-off eventually. They even got branded as "lucky" after a couple of very narrow wins over Newcastle and Watford. And yet again, they won 1-0 this Sunday, but they weren't lucky. They were just a lot better than Crystal Palace.

Riyad Mahrez scored the winner, notching his 16th goal of the season. Even if he spends the rest of the year booting the ball towards his own goal and punching Jamie Vardy in the face, he should sweep the FWA and PFA player of the year awards.

With seven games left to play for Leicester and Spurs (and eight for Arsenal), the Foxes have some margin for error. Perhaps they'd fall away in a longer season, but the lead they built up appears to be serving them well. According to Michael Caley's Premier League title projection, their odds of finishing the season on top have gotten very good ... and might actually be better than his calculations indicate.

Arsenal looked excellent in a win over Everton this weekend, but Mesut Özil came off injured, while David Ospina was barely able to complete the match. The international break might allow both time to heal up, but it's possible that Arsenal has to play a game on the other side of it without their best playmaker or either of their experienced goalkeepers.

Between the Gunners' injury woes and City collapsing, it seems very unlikely that a team branded as a title contender in pre-season is actually going to win the title. And even though Leicester's wins aren't nearly as sexy as Tottenham's, there's also very little reason to believe they're going to fall apart. They're a good team with a well-earned five point cushion.

Harry Kane matches last season's goal total

If you thought Harry Kane was a one-season wonder, you have officially been proven wrong. With his two goals against Bournemouth, he now has 21 in the Premier League this season. That's the same total he finished last season with, and he's ahead of Vardy for the league lead now.

A pretty high volume of Kane's goals are long-range blasts, headers or tap-ins, but he showed something a bit different on Sunday -- some pace. Kane's running style doesn't exactly look athletic and graceful, but he's got a quicker first step than he appears to -- something the Cherries' defenders learned the hard way.

Dele Alli, by the way, is up to nine assists on the season. That's tied for fourth in the league. His six assist since the new year are the best in that time period.