Leicester City are five points clear at the top of the Premier League although they’re unlikely to win the thing
If Leicester City supporters weren’t already feeling giddy, then the 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium will have sent them reeling.
How to explain the Foxes’ meteoric rise from Championship to scrapping away to stay in the Premier League to occupying the top perch of the top flight?
It’s a brilliant story although we’re done with people waxing lyrical about Leicester City and how they might win the title by April.
So without further ado, here are five reasons why Leicester aren’t going to win the title in May, let alone April. It also explains why Ladbrokes are happy to take on City with their standout 5/2 quote that is still available.
Read it and weep…
Foxes are away to Arsenal on Sunday
Yes, Claudio Ranieri’s side meet the Gunners again, with Arsenal having run out 5-2 winners when the teams clashed at the King Power Stadium. Alexis Sanchez nailed a hat-trick in that game and the Chilean is even more unplayable than Riyad Mahrez on his day.
Arsenal came to the boil nicely when winning 2-0 at Bournemouth last weekend and a victory would bring Leicester back into the pack.
Leicester have little to no squad depth
Yes, it’s a cracking XI that Ranieri is putting out but take a look at the sub’s bench against City. Swansea reject Nathan Dyer? Nineteen-year-old Demarai Gray? It hardly compares to the options of their title rivals.
And they rely way too heavily on Vardy and Mahrez
Who have been chief assist-makers and goal-getters since August. Take those two out of the team and what have you got? Relegation strugglers once again. Surely opposition teams will be looking to nullify this pair between now and the rest of the season.
Lack of experience for a title challenge
Which admittedly can also be levelled at most of the Arsenal and Tottenham squad. Although those players are generally more accustomed to challenging for silverware, whereas this is unchartered territory for the bulk of the Leicester squad.
They’ve been a touch lucky to accumulate so many points
Talk about the Midas touch. Against Liverpool recently, they were actually under the cosh when Mahrez decided to relieve pressure on the defence by clearing his lines. Next thing you know, Vardy has spanked the ball in from an improbable angle.
So there you have it. That succinctly explains why Leicester are going to bomb between now and the end of the season. And also justifies why Ladbrokes are offering a 5/2 quote about the Foxes becoming champions.