There is no disputing that the 2015/16 season has been the most unpredictable Premier League campaign in recent years, with this week proving to be no different. This week has been filled with plenty of surprise results and upsets - further emphasising that just about anything can happen in the beautiful game.
Despite this season’s unpredictability, it seems that luck may just be on the side of Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City. While there is no denying that the Foxes have played well and fully deserve their spot atop the Premier League table, fans cannot deny that there might be an element of good fortune on their side as well, with all of this week’s fixtures playing into their hands.
Most notably, Tottenham’s loss to West Ham; a defeat which allowed Leicester to stay three points clear of the Spurs despite their 2-2 draw against West Brom the previous day. If this wasn’t favourable enough, 3rd and 4th place Arsenal and Manchester City also suffered defeats to Ranieri's benefit, who now sit six and ten points clear of their rivals respectively.
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After this week’s results, what was merely a dream of winning the title is now a very plausible reality for Leicester. However, fans of the club shouldn’t count their lucky stars just yet. With ten games still remaining, Ranieri’s side must knuckle down and make the most of the matches to come.
Maintaining Squad Fitness
It is evident that manager the Italian boss has found a working formula amongst his players that has allowed them to clinch crucial results this season. Leicester’s starting 11 has remained relatively consistent from match to match, with the occasional personnel change due to the rare injury or suspension.
This has proven to be a successful tactic compared to the other top clubs, who have been continuously rearranging and experimenting with their roster, scrambling to find a working combination, either due to managerial changes, excessive injury or just poor form.
Because of Leicester’s reliance on their core players, it is absolutely vital that they maintain their fitness at this stage of the campaign and avoid injury of their top stars at all costs. However, this can prove to be a difficult task when relying on the same starting 11 week-in-week-out, with little rotation to allow for rest.
N'Golo Kante's absence has already taken a certain sting out of their midfield and it would be detrimental to the squad if they were to lose any more players at the point – namely Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez, who have had an unprecedented contribution to their side’s success.
If Ranieri can focus on what needs to be done in the games to come, all while keeping his squad at top fitness, Leicester have a very real chance of lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of this season.