The final push: Will Leicester City hold on?

Date published: Saturday 12th March 2016 1:59

Leicester City

It’s the question that everyone interested in football is asking – as well as plenty of people who just love a fairy tale ending. On May 15th, when the season draws to a close, will Leicester City make history by raising the trophy, or might they already have clinched the championship before their final game against Chelsea?

Even if they don’t cross the finishing line first it will still have represented an incredible turnaround for the club that last season seemed to be in real danger of relegation until Claudio Ranieri stepped in to turn their fortunes around.

Despite the shaky performance last year there were signs towards the end of the 2014-15 season that things could be starting to happen as a string of victories concluded with a 5-1 crushing of QPR.

Nevertheless, at the start of the current season the Foxes were 5000-1 outsiders to win this year’s title and there have been reports of at least one fan who must still be on tenterhooks to see if their original long-shot bet is going to mean a big payday.

Of course, if you put the same bet on today the odds would not be nearly as favourable and this has also had a big effect on the fantasy sports betting market. In fact, it’s hardly surprising that the value of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have also sky rocketed in the fantasy football leagues thanks to their goalscoring prowess.

There have been a number of key performances throughout the season that have stood out as pivotal moments. For example the first match set the tone when Leicester emerged victorious in a high scoring game to beat Sunderland 4-2 with Vardy scoring after just 11 minutes and Mahrez grabbing another two goals.

Vardy’s also been responsible for one moment that really demonstrates the ebullient and bold way that the team have been playing this season and this was the wonder goal he scored against Liverpool in February. Riding on the crest of the wave that this generated, the very next match they went on to carry out a 3-1 demolition of Manchester City, helping to dash their title hopes a little bit more.

If the team have been having a good time over the season, the fans have been having a fantastic one. In fact passions have been running so high that the celebrations when Leonardo Ulloa scored a last minute winner against Norwich in late February even registered on the Richter Scale.

Now, as each week passes, it does seem more and more likely that the Foxes are going to do it. Because even as they stumble, for example by losing against Watford on March 5th, title rivals Spurs and Arsenal have failed to press home the advantage.

And while football is a notoriously unpredictable game even the pundits are starting to say with more and more confidence that they should start dusting and polishing the trophy cabinet down at the King Power Stadium.

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