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Spurs relying on rival teams to disrupt Leicester's title challenge

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However much Spurs insist they want to win the league, a hushed sigh of relief could be heard in north London as Leicester beat Crystal Palace 1-0, putting the title further out of Tottenham's reach.

The pressure is coming off Spurs, which is just as well, as they don't enjoy it and apparently look back fondly on the days of coming 14th under David Pleat. 

If Leicester can earn another 17 points, they will officially be champions. Claudio Ranieri's side seem to have an easy run in, but there are several potential banana skins that can hand the title to Spurs; that is, if they can take advantage when Leicester slip up.

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SPURS MIGHT STILL BE IN IT

Unfortunately, the pressure may well be returning soon, as Leicester have to face teams at the bottom who are scrapping for their Premier League lives.

Sunderland are just one of those opponents they must face in the next couple of weeks and after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle gave no indication whether they could retain their Premier League status next season, they will be doing all they can for the three points when they meet at The Stadium of Light.

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Swansea, on the other hand, should have done just about enough now to avoid relegation. They will know their limits against Leicester, and will no doubt be happy to defend for 90 minutes, an approach Leicester find difficult to handle. If they can hit Ranieri’s men on the break, the league-leaders may well not be able to score enough goals to beat them.

In fact, they may also have the same problem against Manchester United. Louis van Gaal’s plan, as always, will be to prevent them from getting the ball – ‘them’ being Leicester, not United, though the shoe fits.

TOUGH BATTLES

Southampton and West Ham will also be tough battles for Leicester. West Ham look like top four material, and Slaven Bilic is capable of re-organising his team again and again to fit the needs of any particular game. He will have a solid game plan against Leicester, and it will be interesting to see how Ranieri copes with one of his rivals for manager of the season.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is no stranger to a title challenge – having not always managed Southampton - which presumably means he also knows how to disrupt one.

Watford v Leicester City - Premier League

A TERRIFYING POSSIBILITY

Everton are predicted to make the same mistake as they do most weeks, and attack above their capability. The Blues will leave themselves exposed at the back, so Leicester should have no danger picking up points from that game.

Terrifyingly, however, there are enough games in that run-in for Leicester to blow their five-point lead. Spurs enjoyed a comfortable stroll at home to Bournemouth at the weekend, safe in the knowledge they have probably already scuppered their chances of silverware. 

God forbid, but they might soon have to wake back up and throw themselves back into the title race.

Tottenham Hotspur v A.F.C. Bournemouth - Premier League

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