Four reasons why Leicester will win the Premier League

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By beating Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad on Saturday, Leicester have taken another huge step towards achieving the unachievable - winning their maiden Premier League title.

Having started the season amongst the favourites to go down, Leicester's spectacular form has seen them become the underdog tale of the century, with the Foxes currently sitting five points clear at the top of the table.

Despite this, however, many still doubt Leicester's title credentials. With only 13 games left until a Premier League winner is crowned, we take a look at four key reasons why Leicester might just go the distance and complete one of the greatest fairy tales English football has ever seen.


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Majestic Mahrez and Vibrant Vardy

Leicester's meteoric rise from Premier League minnows to giant-slaying table-toppers is sure to go down in the annals of Premier League history. So too is the rise of arguably their two best players over the past two seasons, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

From non-league journeyman to record-breaking Premier League superstar, Jamie Vardy's rise truly is one of football's very own fairy tales.

Having already broken Ruud van Nistelrooy's long-standing Premier League record of the most consecutive games scored in (was 11, now stands at 12), Vardy is still sitting pretty at the top of the scoring charts, having scored an astonishing 18 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances.

Mahrez' rise to Premier League prominence has been every bit as astounding, albeit in a slightly different manner.

Signed from French side Le Havre as a promising 22-year-old in 2014 for only £400,000, Mahrez has since developed into one of the most creative and potent attacking players in the division, having contributed 14 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League alone.

If both Vardy and Mahrez can maintain their stellar form until the end of the season, Leicester will stand a very good chance of achieving the unthinkable.

Team Spirit

There is an old cliché in football about struggling teams forgetting how to win. Leicester this year look like a team that have forgotten what it is to lose.

Despite struggling throughout almost the entirety of last season, and requiring one of the greatest relegation escapes the Premier League has ever seen, Leicester have since only tasted defeat twice, winning an amazing 15 Premier League games en-route.

Each and every game, Leicester's players seem to take to the field with an almost palpable belief that, no matter who the opponent, or no matter what the occasion, they will find a way to win.

Much of this team spirit has been put down to Claudio Ranieri, and the calming effect he has had around the club since being appointed at the start of the season.

Others cast their minds back even further, however, and claim that Leicester are simply now reaping the benefits of years of hard work from former manager Nigel Pearson - the orchestrator of the 2015 great escape.

Either way, Leicester's team-spirit and inner belief has been one of their deadliest weapons so far this season, and will no doubt continue to be so until the season's finale - no matter what the outcome.

Kasper Schmeichel

Son of legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper has slowly established himself as one of the Premier League's very finest goalkeepers.

After being an integral part of the Leicester team that won promotion to the Premier League, Schmeichel has continued to impress between the sticks at the highest level, despite often being called upon several times a game to come up big for his team.

Bringing the same larger-than-life goalkeeping style that his dad made so famous, albeit in a slightly calmer manner than his old man, Schmeichel offers a calming and reassuring presence in goal for the Foxes.

With Leicester's much-vaunted playing style favouring defending deep and aiming to catch teams on the break, Schmeichel can expect to be very busy between now and the end of the campaign, and his form could be a key part in determining whether said season will end with the Foxes on top.

Claudio Ranieri

Having already spoken about the calming effect Leicester's journeyman manager has had on his players, and the never-say-never mindset he has managed to instil throughout his whole squad, it is pretty clear that Claudio Ranieri is doing something special.

Despite being a man who possesses one of football's most impressive and extensive CVs, Ranieri's appointment in July of 2015 came as something of a shock to the media and fans alike.

With many still outraged that former manager Nigel Pearson had been released despite his survival heroics of last season, many doubted whether Ranieri was the right man to take over after the notoriously intense and loyal Pearson.

Any such doubts were quickly put to bed, however. Leicester flew out of the blocks, quickly storming their way into the Premier League's pole position, drawing shock early-season claims that the Foxes might even be seen playing in the Europa League, come the start of next season.

Such is the magnitude of Ranieri and his squad's achievements this season, were the Foxes to now fall short of Champions League qualification, many would view this as a disastrous end to a season which started with almost everyone predicting a long, hard relegation scrap for the Midlands club.

Truly remarkable indeed.

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