Few would have predicted that Leicester City would be in the title running with ten Premier League games remaining, with the Foxes’ rise to prominence this season nothing short of staggering.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have been the standout team of the season so far and deservedly are right in the mix to complete their fairytale journey by becoming English champions.
Many will still write the plucky side off and feel that the ability and experience of others will come to the fore.
Although Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal are in the reckoning to win the division come May, there are some considerable reasons why Leicester should be viewed as title favourites currently…
All three of Leicester’s title rivals are currently still in European competition, even if Arsenal look set to be eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona.
These extra fixtures will have taken a toll on their respective squads, with a split in priorities at the Emirates Stadium, White Hart Lane and the Etihad Stadium.
While the other three have been forced to manage their squads due to additional fixtures, Leicester used their elimination from the FA Cup to take a well-deserved break.
With the season now rapidly approaching the business end, the Foxes should have more in the legs than any of their rivals and this could well be telling in the final weeks of the campaign.
A collective effort is essential in any title push and Leicester look to have the strongest bond of any of the potential champions.
Ranieri has built on the work undertaken by Nigel Pearson and helped to forge an enviable will-to-win, work rate and team spirit.
Although the individualism of the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy may well be accredited as a key reason for the King Power Stadium side’s success, Leicester would not be where they are without the collaborative efforts of their team.
Going into crunch fixtures where the pressure will be on, having a team that will fight for one another and that are all pulling in the same direction can be the difference between success and a near miss.
Looking at the respective teams’ run-ins, Leicester will be feeling confident about their ability to finish the job and win the title.
Five of their remaining ten games are at home at the King Power Stadium, while they do not have to take on any of the other members of the top four.
Trips to Manchester United and Chelsea still remain for the Foxes, which will test their resolve and pose as tricky fixtures.
However, with plenty of other winnable games coming up and their main rivals having to face each other and set to take points away from each other as a result, Leicester will be rubbing their hands ahead of the remaining fixtures they have to play.