Does The Title Race Favor Leicester City?
Posted by James Jones | Published on February 22, 2016
It’s safe to say 9 months ago no one in a million years thought they would see a title of an article like this one, specially following the 2014/15 season’s great escape. Nigel Pearson managed to switch things up at The King Power Stadium rather late on in the season after previously managing only 3 wins in the league until securing Premier League survival by winning 9 of their last eleven games finishing 6 points above the relegation zone.
Leicester City departed with Pearson following the events involving a handful of Leicester players including his own son, filming themselves making racist comments while taking part in a sex act. Leicester City were clear favorites to be relegated this season along with the newly promoted sides. The appointment of Claudio Ranieri wasn’t exactly ground breaking news at the time, with many people thinking despite the recent events Nigel was the man to keep them up.
Fast forward to present day Leicester City sit proudly at the top of the Premier League with 53 points, 20 points clear of last seasons champions, 2 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur who have been one of the most consistent teams and title bottlers Arsenal on 51 points. The Foxes have easily been the more entertaining side to watch this season, showing the world how fast paced counter attacking football should be played. A team consisting of several players that will easily walk into the team of the season come the end. Stand out performers Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante have been the main spine of the team that have been grabbing the headlines week in week out, not to mention the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater who have also been unsung hero’s in their own right.
Coming into the final quarter of the 2015/16 season does the current title race between the top 4 favor Leicester City? They find themselves with the least amount of games left to play, only 12 Premier League games following their exit in the Capital One Cup and F.A Cup. Tottenham have a minimum of 13 games remaining with a possible maximum of 20 games in their Europa League campaign. Arsenal and Manchester City face a tougher task ahead with a busier schedule with Champions League, Capital One Cup finals and F.A Cup games still to play on top of 12 Premier League games. Arsenal face a minimum of 15 games with a maximum of 24 depending on their stint in the Champions League and F.A Cup run. Manchester City have the Capital One cup final against Liverpool on their remaining fixture list, along side Champions League football.
On top of the easier run of fixtures Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City face from now till the end of the season they don’t have the pressure on him to go onto win the league as other managers like Arsene Wenger who would love to win the league so he can retire on a high note and Manuel Pellegrini who has already been told he will be replaced come the final day of the season despite whatever happens.