Leicester City are edging ever so closer to winning the Premier League title for the first time ever. After beating Swansea City 4-0 at the King Power on Sunday, it seems as though Ranieri’s men can cope without star striker Jamie Vardy, who missed that game and will also miss the trip to Old Trafford after the FA added an additional game to his suspension. An Ulloa inspired Leicester managed to put 4 past a dejected Swansea, with Riyad Mahrez getting on the scoresheet for the first time since the Foxes away trip to Crystal Palace back in March. Adding to this, the Algerian picked up the PFA Player of the Year award, emulating the impact that he has had this season.
Second-placed Tottenham will be feeling like they have let their hopes of winning the league fade away after there 1-1 draw at home to West Brom. This now means that Leicester require only one win from their remaining three games. A draw would also be enough for the Midlanders, only if Spurs were to draw one of their last three. The Foxes are undoubtedly in the driving seat, but I do think that their last three games are going to prove a tougher task than their rivals. With three games to go, here’s a look at how I think Leicester’s last fixtures may end up.
Man United v Leicester
Date: 1st May 2016
Venue: Old Trafford
Leicester will be travelling up North to Manchester full of confidence after their latest result. Their opponents are also heading into this game in fine form, having beaten Everton in the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley in their last outing. United are not playing in this game just to fulfil a fixture, they also have something to play for. A place in the top four is far from guaranteed for Louis van Gaal’s team, with the Red Devils competing with the like of Man City and Arsenal for the right to play amongst Europe’s elite next season. I highly doubt that this will be a high scoring game, with Leicester playing a counter attacking style of play. Being at home, I suspect that United will have the majority of the possession, but who knows, as Leicester did defeat United’s neighbours City comfortably at the Etihad earlier this year.
Prediction: Man United 1-0 Leicester
Leicester v Everton
Date: 7th May 2016
Venue: King Power Stadium
Maybe already crowned champions, the Foxes last home game of the season against a currently out of form Everton side will surely be easiest game (on paper) for Leicester to play. For a long time now, Everton have been stuck in mid-table, with manager Roberto Martinez seen as the main reason for the clubs recent downfall. However, Everton will want to bounce back from the cup loss to United and they do have a strong side, although the chemistry within the team may not be apparent at the moment. With Jamie Vardy set to be back in the team for this game, I would presume that a Vardy-inspired Leicester side will be at full throttle to seek victory to seal the title at the King Power in front of an ecstatic crowd.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Everton
Chelsea v Leicester
Date: 15th May 2016
Reigning champions Chelsea are seen the lower places in the bottom half today, very much different from being 1st-placed last season. Since Mourinho’s departure, Chelsea are slowly getting back on track with Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman’s arrival has seen the players gradually unite back together and produce results that we are used to seeing Chelsea put on display. Eden Hazard has struggled all season, but did manage to get off the mark in the league with two fine goals on Saturday away at Bournemouth. The Belgian seems to be playing with far more confidence in recent games, and similar to this is Spaniard Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish playmaker provided three assists in the 1-4 win on the South coast, showing signs of his form from last years campaign. Leicester are a much different prospect than Bournemouth, and both sides could have nothing to play for come this game. I would love for Ranieri to win the title at the place where it all began for him in England, just to make the win ever so sweeter.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
Written by Joe Dutton
Sources: Sky Sports, IB Times, Euro Sport, Goal and The Guardian