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EPL PHOTOS: Leicester on verge of title; Sunderland draw with Arsenal

Last updated on: April 24, 2016 23:44 IST

Marc Albrighton of Leicester City celebrates the forth goal during their English Premier League match against Swansea City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Sunday

IMAGE: Marc Albrighton of Leicester City celebrates the forth goal during their English Premier League match against Swansea City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Sunday. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Leicester City were left in touching distance of a fairytale first Premier League title on Sunday after Leonardo Ulloa's double helped them outclass Swansea City at a delirious King Power Stadium.

The Foxes' dream of completing their surreal journey from 5,000-1 no-hopers to English champions felt more tantalisingly real after 10 minutes when Ashley Williams' careless clearance gifted Riyad Mahrez his 17th goal of the season.

Then Ulloa, filling in for Leicester's suspended top scorer Jamie Vardy, took centre stage. He headed home the second on the half-hour and tapped in a third on the hour as the Foxes cruised while their fans merrily sang: "Are you watching, Tottenham?"

The Spurs faithful who were watching could only sigh as substitute Marc Albrighton smashed in a fourth in the dying minutes to confirm Leicester's eight-point lead over the second-placed Londoners.

Should Tottenham lose their game in hand at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday, the Foxes, who need five points from their last three games to take the title, could even be crowned champions next Sunday with victory at Manchester United.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is challenged by Sunderland's Jermain Defoe during their English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light on Sunday

IMAGE: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is challenged by Sunderland's Jermain Defoe during their English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Photograph: Phil Noble Livepic/Reuters

Sunderland crawled out of the Premier League relegation zone and Arsenal dropped points in their quest for a top-four finish in a lively 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

A game full of chances saw Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt rattle the woodwork with a first-half free kick while at the other end former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone made several great saves to deny his old club.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Sunderland's Lamine Kone get tangled up as they vie for possession

IMAGE: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Sunderland's Lamine Kone get tangled up as they vie for possession. Photograph: Phil Noble Livepic/Reuters

Both sides had loud penalty appeals turned down too, first when Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker blocked Jermain Defoe's shot with his arm, then minutes later when DeAndre Yedlin's outstretched arm deflected away Alex Iwobi's shot.

Arsenal finished strongly and Mannone saved from Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck but Sunderland grasped the point that moved them above NorwichCity on goal difference.

Arsenal stayed in fourth spot, five points above Manchester United who have a game in hand.

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