Are Leicester about to make Premier League history?
Leicester could well be set to make Premier League history this Sunday as they look to secure the last 3 points necessary to win the title against all odds. At the start of the season nobody could have guessed that the Midlands outfit would be anywhere near the top of the table, let alone challenging for the title, and they were amongst the teams that were most likely to be relegated to the Championship next season. bet365 were quoting 5,000/1 that Leicester would go on to win the title at the start of the season and the bookmaker now faces a huge liability if the Foxes come good on Sunday.
The Foxes find themselves 7 points clear at the top of the league, needing only 3 points to secure their first top flight title in their 132 year history. The meteoric rise of players like Riyad Mahrez, N’golo Kante and upstart Jamie Vardy have proved instrumental in Leicester’s success this season, with Italian manager Claudio Ranieri building the team around these key players to get results with a fast, counter-attacking style of play which doesn’t rely on possession or a high press.
By comparison, United’s season can be deemed one of missed chances and frustration. In what has been perhaps the most open Premier League title race ever, Louis van Gaal and his Red Army have failed to capitalise, despite having spent almost quarter of a billion pounds since van Gaal became their manager. In spite of their disappointing season, United go into the fixture firm favourites at 21/20 (2.05) and with the faint hope of a top four finish looming, United will be desperate to try and snatch all 3 points on the day.
The Foxes will be acutely aware of the task ahead of them, an away win at Old Trafford never comes easily and this is reflected by their odds – Leicester are 13/5 (3.60) to win on Saturday whilst the draw is an appealing 12/5 (3.40). Leicester’s last win against United was a 5-3 mauling at the King Power Stadium in 2014 in a performance that defied expectations, but in the matches since the Foxes have lost 3-1 and drawn 1-1.