Week 35--Thrilling Draw at London Stadium: West Ham 2-2 Leicester

By David Shams

After 90 minutes, West Ham and Leicester left the London Stadium with a share of the spoils.

Leicester came from behind twice, scoring their last in second half stoppage time.

An all-around exciting game for fans, saw Leicester striker Jamie Vardy bag his 7th goal in 7 games since Brenden Rodgers took over at the King Power Stadium.

Miguel Antonio opened the scoring off a towering header from a Mark Noble cross in the 37th minute.

Thirty minutes later, Vardy equalized with a trademark fox-in-the-box finish. The England front man, nipped in front of West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena to poke home a Ben Chilwell cross.

In the 82nd minute, West Ham thought they finished the game off. Spanish Forward Lucas Perez, who, four minutes earlier, came on for Austrian Marko Arnautovic, buried a rebound off the post from a Pedro Obiang shot.

But, just ten minutes later Leicester City starlet Harvey Barnes, who spent the first half of this season on loan at West Bromwich, makes a deep diagonal run from right side to just inside the box. Holding midfield player Wilfred Ndidi picked Barnes out with a perfectly weighted ball. Barnes collects in space, picks his head up and then slots it past the diving West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Both squads have now matched their points total from last season. And Leicester is still in the running for a Europa League spot, but must win out and have other results go their way to have a chance.

David is the founder of DC Soccer Digest. He lives in Washington, DC.

Newcastle Win Away from Home: Leicester 0-1 Newcastle

By Juan Aguerrevere

Rafa Benitez' last away win was back in December when Newcastle took down Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium. Since Miguel Almiron’s arrival just over two months ago, the Tyneside club has looked much more dangerous. But, Friday night's match away at Leicester City wouldn’t be easy.

Jamie Vardy has scored 6 goals in 5 games since Brendan Rodgers took over at the King Power Stadium. Like Vardy, Youri Tielemans has also found his best form, scoring and assisting from the midfield. Harry Maguire returned to the line-up after welcoming his newborn daughter Lily. There were also changes in the Magpies' line-up-- Paul Dummett for Florian Lejune after his horrific knee injury last week and Javier Manquillo replacing DeAndre Yedlin.

Leicester's left side had an electric start to the game. Ben Chillwell and young standout Harvey Barnes connected well for a couple of chances. An early mistake by Maguire led to a free-kick 25 yards away from goal. Solomon Rondon’s ensuing pixel perfect free kick left the goal post shaking.

The Foxes created more chances in the first half-hour. But it was Newcastle that struck first. Leicester’s defenders failed to clear after stopping Alimiron from dribbling into the box. The ball fell right to Matt Ritchie, who beats a defender and whips in a driven ball to Ayoze Perez making a run at the near post. Perez beats Wes Morgan, gets a slight touch with his head on the ball, and using the power from Ritchie’s cross angles the ball to the far post past Kasper Schmeichel.

Almiron, who remains goalless in the Premier League, had numerous chances in the second half, but remained goalless. Schmeichel skillfully denied Perez after he slalomed in the box for a close-quarters 1v1 opportunity. Vardy missed the Foxes' best chance of the game by scooping an excellent through ball from Tielemans over the bar.

Newcastle United win means they no longer face relegation and the fans celebrated every second of it staying after the match.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.