All season long it has been one hurdle after the other for Leicester City, as they knock down one the media and pundits put up another one. Now, with just six league matches to go, it is finally time for everyone to accept the fact that the Foxes are your inevitable EPL champions.
Leicester City sit atop the table on 69 points and are seven points clear of their chief rival — Tottenham Hotspur. The fact that that sentence is being written for real with just six matches left for the two of them speaks volumes as to just how upside down this season has been.
It also speaks volumes to the fact that it’s becoming crystal clear that no team is really going to catch the Foxes at all.
Right now, Spurs must find a way to get full points out of three matches that Leicester City somehow drops to top them, or two wins and a draw in those three dropped matches to tie on points and win the league on goal differential.
Is it possible that Leicester City find a way to drop matches to West Ham (away), Manchester United (home) and Chelsea (home)? Of course all of those are possibilities, especially with West Ham and Manchester United fighting like mad for the last spots in European competition.
However, Leicester City’s history this season suggests that asking them to drop half of their matches in a six-match span is a fool’s errand. After all, this is a side that has lost just three matches all season long and haven’t dropped one since a 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
There are also plenty of games for the Foxes to pick up full points, with matches left against the likes of Sunderland, Swansea and Everton. Pick up full points there and have any of the rivals drop points and the lead continues to be extended.
Oh, and don’t look now, but a win by Arsenal in their next match puts the side just one point behind their North London rival, Spurs, and just eight points off the top as well.
It means that Spurs have all the pressure in the world to get full points to stay where they are and put pressure on the top. While points in any form over the the next few matches means the inevitable will happen — Leicester City will win the league.
But, if you’re in to setting up more hurdles for the Foxes, here are a few that will be knocked down next:
- A win this week and a Manchester United loss clinches a Champions League spot for Leicester City, as they would not be able to finish lower than fourth.
- Can clinch the title on May 1st against Manchester United
Yes, Manchester United and Chelsea are on their best form of the season currently, but the problem for everyone else is that the Foxes don’t catch them until the final few matches of the season. Even if Manchester United hold serve until their match on April 24, a Leicester City win clinches a Champions League spot and it could move on to clinching the EPL title just one match later.
That’s a heck of a string of motivation for a club that really hasn’t needed much in the way of external motivation all season long. Instead, it has been fueled by the belief from within. That drive and its willingness to understand what gives them the best chance to win is what has them on top of the league and looking at milestones ahead.
Few have accepted what should’ve been seen since November, but there’s no denying the inevitability of Leicester City’s title run anymore.