The percentages aren’t fairly 5,000-to-1, however Leicester Metropolis is making an attempt to do one thing particular once more this season.
4 seasons after their miracle Premier League title, the Foxes are again pushing for the highest flight crown, beating Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday to maneuver inside eight factors of leaders Liverpool.
Jamie Vardy scored two extra objectives, and he nows leads the Premier League with 16. His chased down his first of the sport within the twentieth minute, and punctuated the victory with this purpose within the seventy fifth:
Kelechi Iheanacho lastly began alongside Vardy up prime and repaid the religion by ending off a well-worked group purpose shortly earlier than halftime:
However this Leicester group is far more than the assault. James Maddison has been a revelation as a playmaker. Wilfred Ndidi has shepherded the midfield to nice aplomb. Longtime Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, one other member of the 2016 title group, have helped Leicester concede a league-low 10 objectives.
Moreover, the Foxes are unburdened by European competitors. They’re by means of to the League Cup quarterfinals later this month, and gained’t begin FA Cup play till early January, however their squad gained’t be taxed like Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis.
Talking of Metropolis, everybody thought the reigning back-to-back champions would supply Liverpool’s stiffest competitors this season. They nonetheless would possibly, however proper now they path Leicester by six factors within the desk, they usually would possibly begin dumping extra eggs into the Champions League basket in pursuit of the one prize that’s eluded them.
The Foxes are uniquely positioned to make noise on this title race. They go to Man Metropolis on Dec. 21 and host Liverpool 5 days later. If they’ll win both match (or each) and make it by means of the glut of vacation fixtures unscathed, we’ll have a real title challenger on our fingers, led by a minimum of former Liverpool supervisor Brendan Rodgers, who got here so agonizingly near lastly successful the Premier League for the Reds in 2014.
They’re nonetheless after that elusive trophy. Leicester’s already gained it. And Leicester is standing in the way in which of this one.
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