AFTER 13 games last season Leicester City was bottom of the English Premier League.
This time around, at the same stage, Claudio Ranieri's men are top of the league after a 3-0 win away to struggling Newcastle.
Jamie Vardy was again the hero, equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy's EPL record by scoring in a 10th straight game.
Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki scored the other goals.
The Foxes are top by one point after both Manchester City, which was thrashed 4-1 at Liverpool, and Arsenal, which surprisingly lost 2-1 with Santi Cazorla missing a penalty at West Brom, stumbled.
"I'm very proud. The players played compact and like a team," Ranieri said. "It's difficult after the international break because you don't know what will happen.
"It was a fantastic performance.
"We're top for the moment. But I want to see us there at the end of the race."
Manchester United took advantage of City and Arsenal's slip-ups with victory at Watford to move to second. The Red Devils were pegged back after Memphis Depay's goal by Troy Deeney's penalty.
Just a couple of minutes later the Watford skipper turned a Bastian Schweinsteiger cross into his own net to give United a 2-1 win.
Everton handed a 4-0 thumping to bottom club Aston Villa, while Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 1-0 home success to Norwich.
Bournemouth missed a chance to take a first win in six games after surrendering a two-goal lead at Swansea to draw 2-2.
Stoke won at Southampton 1-0.
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