Leicester top of the Premier League again and fourth favourites to win this season’s title
Leicester City were tipped by many to be relegated this season. Few expected Claudio Ranieri to be a big success at the King Power Stadium, although the Italian has barely put a foot wrong since replacing Nigel Pearson.
The Foxes sit top of the Premier League table after sixteen games played, with the bookmakers starting to take the Midlands side seriously when it comes to the title race. William Hill offer 20/1 that Leicester claim an amazing success.
Bet365 go shorter with their 16/1 quote and that makes them fourth favourites to win the Premier League title this season behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Ranieri remains focused on reaching the magical 40-point mark, with Leicester now five points off that particular target, although he must privately be wondering whether a title challenge can be sustained.
The Christmas period will be telling considering that Leicester travel to Goodison Park on Saturday followed by a return to Merseyside when they clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
A home match against Manchester City and a trip to White Hart Lane sandwiches a game against Bournemouth, so we’ll see after the next five games whether a title shot is a realistic one.
However, a top four spot is definitely possible and Paddy Power go 2/1 about Leicester qualifying for the Champions League next term, with the Foxes confident of retaining the services of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
Paddy Power offer 1/2 that Leicester manage a top six finish in the table this season, with City currently ten points ahead of seventh-placed Watford and bouncing with confidence after this latest victory over Chelsea.
“I told my players, five more points and we are safe,” the former Chelsea boss said. “I put that target at the beginning of the season, and when we achieve 40 points, we will change our goal.
“There was a lot of electricity tonight, without that we are a normal team but with the fans pushing us we are very happy. They continue to dream but we must continue to keep our feet on the ground.
“It’s a magical time, we must continue to work hard because I don’t want to wake up. I want to continue to dream with our fans.”