For the majority of the season Leicester City have looked certain to be relegated after only one year in the top-flight.
The Foxes were sitting rock bottom up until as recently as last week, but out of nowhere the Midlands club have fought back. Picking up maximum points from their last three fixtures has moved them up to 18th, giving a real chance for Nigel Pearson’s men to mastermind a truly great escape.
This well-timed run of good results has lifted the club to within a point of survival in the process, drawing Hull dangerously close to the drop zone with only six games left for them to fight back.
If you compare the two clubs’ remaining fixtures you can’t help but feel that the Tigers might be doomed. Games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are unlikely to offer Hull the chance to pick up any points whatsoever, while in contrast the Foxes will be playing three of the bottom five.
With only six points separating the bottom six teams there are possibly more surprises to come and if we are lucky we might just get an exciting final day of the season, where fates will be decided on the day. And that’s what football fans want. The Premier League title has all but been decided so a dog fight on May 24th will add a thrilling and compelling end to the season.
Leicester will still need to stay focussed as their survival is far from confirmed though if they continue in this manner then they should be safe.
Fortunes began changing when the Foxes held Hull 0-0 at the King Power Stadium last month. It was important not only to register a point but to also stop a direct rival from getting the best of them. A defeat to Spurs followed but with three goals finding their way into the oppositions net Leicester had shown that they were not down and out just yet.
Leicester started believing in themselves or perhaps with nothing left to lose they just begun playing without fear. A trio of wins against West Ham, West Brom and Swansea followed, providing nine important points and a potential springboard to finally give themselves something to cheer about. Whether this eleventh hour push has come too late remains to be seen, though.
Leicester gained promotion into the Premier League by topping the table but have found the adjustment just too challenging. They drew their first league game against Everton but didn’t record a win until four matches later, which was surprisingly a 5-3 drubbing of Manchester United.
Following that spectacular result the Foxes season took an epic turn for the worse waiting until the last match of 2014 before picking up another three points. Stuck in bottom Leicester continued their poor form into the new year but Pearson has kept his job and might be about to repay the boards faith in him.
There are still likely to be a few more twists and turns to this story but if the Foxes do survive then it is a tale that will live long in supporters’ memories. And if they do drop then at least they’ll be able to hold their heads high knowing they didn’t give up without a fight.