What Leicester City’s defeat to Newcastle means for Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs in top four race

Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham may not be playing this evening, but it has been a good night for all three London clubs.

That’s because Leicester City have been beaten 4-2 at home by Newcastle United in the Premier League, denting their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Leicester went into the game third in the table with a five point cushion over West Ham in fifth, and a seven-point advantage over Tottenham in sixth place.

But first half goals from Arsenal loanee Joe Willock and Paul Dummett gave Newcastle a 2-0 lead at the King Power Stadium, before a brace from Callum Wilson made it 4-0 to the visitors.

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Marc Albrighton pulled a goal back for the Foxes, before Kelechi Iheanacho added a second, but it was not enough for Brendan Rodgers’ side as Leicester missed the chance to move eight points clear of West Ham in fifth.

And now, with Leicester still to face second-placed Manchester United, fourth-placed Chelsea and Spurs in their final three fixtures, the pressure will build on the Foxes, particularly so given the fact that last year Leicester were in a similar position going into the last few fixtures, but ended up finishing outside of the top four.

Despite the defeat, Leicester still sit third in the table, but their goal difference has been dented, with the Foxes now having a goal difference of +20, with Chelsea and Spurs both having goal difference of +22.

As a result of the loss, Leicester can now be overtaken by Chelsea, who are two points behind them and play league leaders Manchester City tomorrow at the Etihad Stadium.

West Ham and Tottenham, along with Liverpool, who sit seventh with two games in hand on Leicester, will have the chance to close the gap and apply more pressure on Leicester this weekend.

Tottenham will be the first side looking to take advantage when they travel to face Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, before Chelsea travel to face Manchester City and Liverpool host Southampton at Anfield later in the day.

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David Moyes’ Hammers then host his old side Everton at the London Stadium on Sunday, with West Ham now having the chance to move to within two points of the Foxes.

Leicester are next in action on Tuesday night, when they travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford, before the Foxes face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend.

The Foxes then travel to west London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, before finishing the season against Tottenham at the King Power Stadium, which could yet prove to be a pivotal fixture in the top four race.

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