At the start of the season surely nobody could have predicted that the fixture between Leicester City and Manchester United would be a top of the table clash. Jamie Vardy was relatively unknown but he could create a Premier League scoring record in this match. The last Leicester City player to win the Golden Boot was Gary Lineker and Vardy now faces the prospect of becoming the most famous Leicester player ever.
Another unlikely scenario would have been Tottenham more likely to win the title than Chelsea at this stage of the season. The meeting at White Hart Lane brings together sides separated by 11 places and 10 points. Tottenham are higher placed and a win over their London rivals would solidify their credentials for qualifying for the Champions League or even winning the title. After the two Lord Mayor’s shows West Ham play West Brom in the final match of the weekend.
Leicester were one of the form teams of the back end of last season. They were facing the nightmare scenario of a drop into the Championship but produced almost title winning form during the run-in. Niger Pearson lost his job because his son and some colleagues misbehaved representing the club overseas and not for footballing matters. Claudio Ranieri became a joke figure at Chelsea but has delivered at Leicester.
Ranieri has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world, especially in Italy where he worked at Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan. Over a 28 year long career he has lost about one quarter of all matches and his win rate is about 46%. He was famously nickname the Tinker man at Chelsea due to his liking for rotating his squad. In taking Leicester to the top of the table Ranieri has possibly produced his best work.
Leicester City v Manchester United Saturday
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Sunday
West Ham v West Brom Sunday