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The first match against West Brom was tough.

Everton’s Aaron Lennon celebrates scoring their second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
After all, Claudio Ranieri’s team responded to their 2-1 defeat at Arsenal two weeks ago in a hugely impressive fashion by beating Norwich 1-0 at home on Saturday and the Foxes have now won four of their last five league fixtures (L1), beating Liverpool and Manchester City in that sequence.
And Ranieri, who is without hamstring injury victim N’Golo Kante for their next two games, expects mid-table West Brom to pose similar problems.
Elsewhere; there were wins for Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Chelsea and West Ham United.
Having apologised on Friday for threatening to go on strike earlier in the season, Berahino showed glimpses of his brilliant form which saw him score 20 goals last season. On Saturday West Brom were 3-0 up after 30 minutes. We played Europa League, FA Cup and now three Premier League games in one week.
Chelsea scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season when Brazilian Kenedy netted after 39 seconds in their 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday.
The fourth official for the Bournemouth-Southampton match, Kevin Friend, was taken to hospital after collapsing and hitting his head on a dugout near the end of the first half. I will never be objective, as I am West Ham manager.
Ranieri said that Leicester, despite being two points clear and masterminding a series of impressive in recent weeks to assert their credentials as title-favourites, are the outsiders in the title race.
The Baggies were level again within five minutes of the restart, though, as Mahrez was penalised for a handball just outside his own penalty area and Craig Gardner left Schmeichel rooted to the spot when curling the subsequent free kick into the top corner.
Leicester fell behind to a goal by Salomon Rondon in the 11th minute, but roared back when central midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Andy King scored in the 31st and 45th minutes, respectively.
“Nothing negative”, Ranieri said. In this game we created a lot of chances, but we drew the match. They play through the pitch quickly, they get the balls wide and they get bodies in the box.
“I think we do, “he said”.