Mahrez gives Leicester lifeline

December 28, 2014 18:00:44 UK

Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal to give Leicester victory at Hull.

Leicester City handed themselves a Premier League lifeline by beating Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

The result pulls the Foxes to within three points of safety, although they will still be rock bottom of the league heading into the new year.

A Riyad Mahrez first half goal was enough to seal the points for Nigel Pearson’s men, who will travel to Liverpool on New Year’s Day hoping to gain some momentum. The Reds are 1.40 to win the game, with the draw 5.00 and Leicester 9.00.

The East Midlands club were the day’s major winners at the bottom of the table as QPR and Crystal Palace shared the points after a goalless draw at Loftus Road. The result saw Rangers climb up to 15th place in the table, leaving Palace mired in 18th.

Burnley, meanwhile, came from two goals down to hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium. City went into the lead through David Silva and Fernandinho, but second half goals from George Boyd and Ashley Barnes levelled proceedings. The draw wasn’t enough for the Clarets to climb out of the bottom three but they do have the same number of points as Palace and 17th-placed Hull.

Meanwhile, Stoke increased the pressure on West Brom manager Alan Irvine, who admitted earlier in the week that he feared for his job, as a Mame Diouf brace was enough to give the Potters a 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.

It was the Baggies’ seventh loss in nine games and leaves them just one point above the relegation zone, with only the Tigers between themselves and the bottom three.

Leicester are 1.44 to be relegated at the end of the season, with Palace 2.75, Burnley 1.44, Hull 2.75 and West Brom 3.00.

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