Will Leicester avoid relegation?

One of the games of the season: Jamie Vardy scores in the 79th minute to put Leicester City ahead against Manchester United.

One of the games of the season: Jamie Vardy scores in the 79th minute to put Leicester City ahead against Manchester United.

Leicester City took the Championship by storm last year, finishing first and gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League – their return coming ten years after their relegation. They were always the bookies favourites to get relegated this season and have been sat in 20th since Christmas. However, their performances in 2015  – starting at their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on New Year’s Day where many could argue they were robbed of all three points – have shown a sense of urgency and determination to beat the drop. After winning two games on the bounce, the question has to be asked – will Leicester City beat the drop?

A few simple changes to the line-up by manager Nigel Pearson has made all the difference – instead of playing with the lone striker, usually former Brighton man Leonardo Ulloa, he has opted for two up front in Ulloa and David Nugent. The presence of fan favourite Jamie Vardy just behind the strikers has also made the world of difference as he has popped up with some important goals – particularly his 90th minute winner against West Brom this weekend.

The contribution of legendary midfielder Esteban Cambiasso cannot be ignored. It is clear his experience is integral to the young Leicester midfield and the former Inter Milan man has been popping up with important goals and assists in recent games, particularly his goal against West Ham last week. Another veteran who has made a positive impact is Robert Huth, in on loan from Stoke City, the former Chelsea defender has re-assured an often shaky Foxes defence, and given them another option for corners and set-pieces up front. The club must surely be looking at signing him permanently in the summer. If these players, alongside the rest of the team, keep performing, who says Leicester can’t stay up?

Leicester City’s last seven games:
Swansea (H)

Burnley (A)
Chelsea (H)
Newcastle (H)
Southampton (H)
Sunderland (A)
QPR (H)
Source: BBC Sport

With what seems to be a fairly good run of games left – in comparison to Hull City who still have Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United to play – I think it’s fair to say that Leicester stand a very good chance of pulling off the great escape this season, and considering their performance and effort levels, it is thoroughly deserved.

The featured image was sourced from here.

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