October 23, 2014

More than three months later, Jamie Vardy's party is still raging.

Having set the Premier League record for consecutive matches with a goal, Vardy now bids to equal the 84-year-old standard for football in England as Leicester City face Swansea City on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium.

Vardy had only one scoring chance last weekend at home against Manchester United, and he delivered in grand fashion - running onto a through ball from Christian Fuchs and giving it one touch before unleashing a low, hard strike from the right side of the penalty area that beat David De Gea into the lower left corner of the net in the 24th minute.

It was Vardy's 11th straight match with a goal, surpassing the previous mark held by Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy spanning the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.

"That's what we're all about," the striker told Foxes Player HD. "(Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel) has gone and got the ball, he's rolled it straight to Christian and one pass later we're in the box. I've managed to hit it across De Gea and it's gone to the back of the net."

"It was just one chance but great champions need just one chance," manager Claudio Ranieri added. "He's very smart, very clever and very cool."

The goal set off the chant of "Jamie Vardy's having a party, bring your vodka and your Charlie" that Foxes followers have sang both at King Power Stadium and in their travels in delirium with each tally, a count that has reached 13 during his historic scoring binge as part of his Premier League-leading 14 overall.

Leicester's fans will be in full throat at the away end of the Liberty, having sold out their allotment of tickets.

"He's been exceptional. To score that many goals is very difficult in any league and it's a great story," embattled Swansea manager Garry Monk told his team's official website regarding Vardy. "But it is now our job to try and put an end to that. It will be a difficult game; they are very much in form and can't be underestimated."

Vardy's stretch has him level with Stan Mortensen, who put together his 11-match streak with Blackpool in the First Division in the 1950-51 season. And the only name above theirs is Jimmy Dunne, the Ireland international who netted 18 goals while scoring in 12 consecutive matches for Sheffield United in the First Division during the 1931-32 season.

In the bigger picture, Vardy's latest goal secured a valuable point for Leicester City (8-5-1), who dropped behind Manchester City for the league lead on goal differential. The Foxes' refusal to scuttle their free-wheeling style in opening a daunting six-match gauntlet against United that also features reigning yet off-form champions Chelsea, in-form Everton, rejuvenated Liverpool and the front-running Citizens served notice they're not going away quietly - if at all - and they're not taking the Swans lightly.

"I know that Swansea can play really well," Fuchs said. "They started well during the season and now they have suffered a few defeats. ... When teams lose games, they're dangerous because they want to come back and when they win all their games people say they're on a streak.

"It's an away game, but I think we can be confident. We won the last away game and we've won a few away games so we have a lot of confidence to go there."

Ranieri will be without defender Ritchie De Laet, who suffered an ankle injury in practice this week and is expected to miss a month. Midfielder Matty Jones is another step closer to returning after playing 60 minutes with Leicester's U-21 squad against Villarreal, his first competitive match since suffering a knee injury in May.

After claiming eight points in their first four matches, Swansea (3-5-6) have slumped to 15th in the table by collecting only six in their last 10. Their current winless spell reached four games (0-1-3) after Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on James Milner's penalty kick in the 63rd minute, but Monk continued to express optimism the results will start turning his side's way.

"I thought we were excellent last Sunday," he said. "Of course we're disappointed with the result but it was definitely a step in the right direction. It was a very tactical game and the performance was very encouraging - we now need to take that into this weekend."

The Swans' defence will face a fierce challenge from Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Leonardo Ulloa in a bid to record their first clean sheet in nine matches. Swansea have yielded 14 goals since their scoreless draw versus Everton on Sept. 19, and they're also winless in their last five at the Liberty Stadium (0-3-2).

The feisty underdog nature of both clubs is evidenced in their playing to the final whistle. They are two of three teams - Tottenham Hotspur are the other - to notch at least two victories after falling behind.

Swansea, however, are the only team in the Premier League yet to get a goal from a substitute.

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