Leicester’s 5-point lead at the top may seem like a huge cushion given there are only four games remaining in the season. But history has shown us how teams from comfortable situations have gone on to lose their title.
Prime example were Aston Villa, who were leading the table with 6 games to go back in 1992-93, but Manchester United caught them napping and cruised to their first ever league title.
Newcastle let slip a 2-point gap in 1995/96 season, Arsenal were caught in 2002/03 despite being ahead by 8 points and same happened with Manchester United in 2011/12 season who slipped despite being eight points ahead and with only six games left to play.
So by no means Leicester are guaranteed to win this season’s title as a hungry and talented Tottenham side are hot on their heels. At present, Spurs are playing the better football and it has got Leicester slightly worried despite being ahead by 5 points.
After playing without fear and caution throughout the season, Leicester are beginning to show sign of nerves in this season’s epic Premier League title race.
Their brisk counter-attacking game which swept aside the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and others has suddenly grown cold and they are finding it harder to break down teams like West Brom, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Five of Leicester’s last six wins have seen a 1-0 scoreline which represents how it is getting tougher for the Foxes to continue their momentum. There was more bad news to follow for Claudio Ranieri after his team’s 2-2 draw against West Ham last weekend.
Jamie Vardy was shown a red card for simulation and since then, he has been charged by The FA over improper conduct as well. For now Vardy’s ban stands at one game but it could get stretched to two, if ref Jon Moss supports FA’s charges.
According to The Telegraph, Vardy shouted you fu****g t**t at the ref and verbally abused him after seeing the red card. If Vardy’s ban is indeed extended to two, he will then miss the games against Swansea and Manchester United.
Timing of the incidence may have been the worst for Leicester, who know that any slip-up from them will allow Tottenham to gain the upper hand after their imperious form this season.
Leicester will have to dig deep when they take on Swansea tomorrow night and Ranieri will be pushing his team for nothing less than a win. If they drop points tomorrow then we may witness another meltdown in the Premier League title race.
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