The five fixtures that could make or break Leicester’s title challenge

Despite a frustrating 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion last night, Leicester City are still firmly in the title race. An amazing feat in itself.

Last night at the King Power, the Foxes were in full flow and desperately unlucky not to claim all three points, having struck the crossbar twice.

They previously ground out a result against Norwich City over the weekend, fulfilling every title winning cliche in the process by winning when they aren’t particularly playing well.

Though we are in the midst of the proverbial ‘business end’ of the season, the naysayers will still suggest Claudio Ranieri’s men are incapable of winning the Premier League trophy. They’ve been dealing with that all season, though second placed Tottenham Hotspur are breathing down their neck.

With 10 games to go, Ranieri and his men are within touching distance of perhaps the most shocking title win English football has ever seen.

Could it really happen? Well, here are the FIVE fixtures that could make or break Leicester City’s title challenge…

VS WATFORD (AWAY) 5TH MARCH

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While Leicester City vs Watford is barely the biggest game on the Premier League calendar, it represents the chance for Leicester to get back to winning ways, particularly if Spurs go level on points.

With the North London derby grabbing the headlines that weekend, the Foxes can almost go under the radar and capitalise on the showpiece in the capital.

This game holds a particular importance as it is more than likely the last they will play without N’Golo Kante (all being well of course), as the key midfielder recovers from a hamstring problem.

This fixture provided one of the greatest Championship playoff games of all time, though the stakes are much higher now.

If the Foxes can grind out a result past a solid Watford side, they really do mean business.

VS SUNDERLAND (AWAY) 10TH APRIL

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Towards the end of the season, battles between teams at the top and at the bottom of the Premier League take on extra importance.

The stakes are so high at either end of the spectrum that really anything can happen. Surprises are sprung at this time of year, with Leicester knowing that more than any.

A trip to the North East against a Sunderland side battling for their lives may look like a forgone conclusion on paper, but could represent a huge stumbling block for the Foxes.

Travelling to a side entrenched well within the murky waters of a relegation battle so late on in the campaign can prove troublesome, as the table toppers proved under Nigel Pearson last year.

VS WEST HAM (HOME) 17TH APRIL

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Just a week after their exploits on Wearside, West Ham roll into the East Midlands.

The Hammers are arguably the best side left to come to the King Power and will provide a stern test in the early kickoff that afternoon.

Slaven Bilic’s men have proved to be one of the most competitive sides in the league and can pose their hosts that day real problems.

That weekend, title rivals Manchester City face Chelsea and Spurs must make the daunting trip to Stoke City in the Monday night football. Perhaps that particular weekend will be the defining one in the title race, with most of the top order facing crunch fixtures.

VS MAN UNITED (AWAY) – 1ST MAY

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May kicks off with a bang as the Foxes travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

Perhaps the Theatre of Dreams is no longer as daunting a place as it has been in previous years, but as the recent game against Arsenal proved, the Red Devils could have a serous impact on the complexion of this title race.

Beating Man United in their own backyard with just two games to go would send a defiant message across the Premier League.

Going to Old Trafford and winning could create the momentum required to carry weary legs through to an unprecedented league title for the club.

VS CHELSEA (AWAY) 15TH MAY

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There’s a long way to go in the season yet, though few sights would be as iconic as Claudio Ranieri winning the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge.

The notion of witnessing the Italian usurping the club who ruthlessly sacked him over a decade ago would truly sum up the beautiful madness of the Premier League.

However, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Chelsea’s improvement under Guus Hiddink has continued and this game could feasibly decide who the Blues concede their crown to.

If you want to be the champions, you to beat the champions after all.