We’re a little more than midway through the Premier League season and it has become more and more apparent that Leicester City might very well do the impossible. To date, only five different teams have ever won the Premier League. These lucky clubs are Manchester United with a whopping 13, Chelsea with four, Arsenal with three, Manchester City with two of its own and Blackburn Rovers with one. For the Foxes to join such esteemed company would be no small feat and considering that they only rejoined the Premier League in the 2014-15 season after a decade long absence from the top flight to say it would come as a surprise would be quite the understatement. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has surprised everyone with a terrific career defining season in which he is currently the top goal scorer in the league with 18 as of this writing. His teammate, Riyad Mahrez, has been finding the net as well and sits tied at fifth with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, scoring with 13 of his own.
Vardy’s most recent stupendous goal against Liverpool has silenced even the loudest doubters and has all but proven that the striker is the proverbial truth. Provided the team doesn’t completely collapse in the second half of the season, they are practically guaranteed at least a place in the UEFA Champions League. Leicester currently sits three points ahead of Manchester City and five points ahead of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the league tables. This success flies in the face of the predictions of just about every pundit.
City and Arsenal were initially the second and third favorites for the title and Chelsea was actually the Premier League favorite at the start of the season. However, this has been a season where fans have come to expect the unexpected. Given that the Foxes finished the league in 14th place last year, narrowly avoiding relegation, a Europa league finish would have been unpredictable. For them to be in first place with more than half the season finished, however, is downright unprecedented. Leicester is currently making all the right moves to shore up its squad and finish the year strong. One major advantage enjoyed by the Foxes is that the team will be playing far fewer matches than its competitors between now and the end of the year. Clubs like Manchester City and Arsenal are still in the champions league. Leicester has 14 games until the end of the season and Man City will have a minimum of 18 and possibly 26, whereas the Gunners will have to play 17 at the fewest and potentially up to 25. This means that the Foxes will find themselves far more rested, which makes a massive difference as we near the end of the season. The next string of matches will say much for Leicester’s chances of success. Regardless of how things turn out in the end, there’s no question that the Foxes have helped make this one of the most exciting Premier League seasons in recent memory.