Leicester City are top of the Premier League table at Christmas, who would have thought it? Twelve months on from being bottom of the league, the Foxes now have a realistic chance of finishing in the Champions League places.
Everyone at the club has played down their chances of finishing top of the tree, insisting their only aim is to stay in the top flight, but make no mistake about it - Leicester City can win the Premier League.
Claudio Ranieri's side are currently two points clear of Arsenal in second, with Manchester City six points off the pace. In six of the past seven seasons, the team top at Christmas have gone on to win the title.
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No one has won more games (11) or lost as few games (1) as the Foxes. So many times in recent weeks they have faced difficult opponents yet come away with impressive results. Simply put, for much of the season, the Midlands side have been unstoppable.
Ranieri has made no secret that achieving the 40 points mark remains the club's priority and that his side cannot yet be considered title contenders, but this begs the question: if not Leicester, who is good enough to win the league?
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Arsenal have showcased their title credentials with impressive home victories against both Manchester sides, though there's always a feeling they'll slip up, with evidence of this unprecendented defeats to West Brom and West Ham this season.
City, meanwhile, have at their disposal some of the best attacking talent in the country, but their problems lie at centre-back with Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaqium Mangala struggling in Vincent Kompany's absence.
And in Leicester, you have the Premier League’s two leading marksmen. Jamie Vardy has been excellent in front of goal since day one and recently broke the record for most consecutive games scored in, netting his 11th against Manchester United.
His partner in crime, Riyad Mahrez, has been exceptional in providing goals and assists all season. Apart from Arsenal, no team has yet found a way to silence the pair and claim victory.
It’s unfair to focus on the poster boys of Leicester’s season, of course. N’Golo Kante has been an unsung hero for the Foxes, while Wes Morgan has proved his quality as a Premier League centre-half. This is no longer a relegation-threatened side filled with average players.
Leicester can't be considered lucky to be top of the table; they have to be seen as genuine title contenders.
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