Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri heads into this weekend’s fixtures with his Leicester team at the top of the table and also leading the form guide standings for the last six matches, with five wins in that period a testament to the staying power of a team that is being driven by a number of factors.
Leicester’s headline grabbers may have been the free-scoring Jamie Vardy and his creator-in-chief Riyad Mahrez, but this Fox is biting their rivals from a variety of angles. French midfielder N’Golo Kante is catching the eye, as is keeper Kasper Schmeichel, with the collective spirit displayed from this dynamic side their best quality.
Meanwhile, the statistics back up the belief that Ranieri’s side boasts the credentials required to loiter in the top four of the Premier League for some time yet.
Boasting the best away record in the division with five wins and three draws from their eight matches on the road, Leicester also have the distinction — along with Tottenham — of losing the fewest games so far this season, with just one defeat on their impressive run to date.
This fixture offers up the prospect of the Leicester bubble bursting and the Chelsea revival beginning in earnest, but we have all been waiting a long time for both of those apparent inevitabilities to occur. Maybe the time has come to get used to a reality that what we think should happen is no longer relevant in this unfathomable Premier League campaign.
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