This Premier League enters its home straight this weekend, with seven uninterrupted weeks of action scheduled between now and May 15th following the final international break of the season.
All your favourite end-of-campaign questions will be answered in the coming weeks, with the debate surrounding who will win the title the most pertinent.
However, if Leicester City’s tendency to flourish following a FIFA-enforced hiatus recurs, it’s a dead issue.
The Foxes have taken seven points in the three matches that fell immediately after an international-accommodating pause in domestic proceedings, beating Aston Villa and Newcastle either side of earning a praise-worthy point at Southampton.
They pocketed ten points in the four games after their most recent winning return to league action and, with three of their next quartet to take place at the King Power Stadium, they’re well-placed to at least repeat this haul.
Further support for Leicester believers takes the form of the outrageous surge to safety they embarked upon in the weeks that followed this international break 12 months ago.
A 4-3 loss at Tottenham Hotspur signed off March, leaving the Foxes bottom of the table. They won seven of nine from April onwards to escape the drop and, amazingly, have lost just three more league matches since.
West Ham United were the first victims of Leicester’s spring spurt. Their defeat in the east Midlands sparked a run of one win from the final eight fixtures of 2014/15.
Their post-international break form this term hasn’t been as bad – they’ve won two of three matches – but their heaviest defeat of the season – a 4-1 reverse at Spurs – came directly after domestic downtime.
With this loss coupled with last season’s springtime slump in mind, backing Crystal Palace to get at least a point from their final trip to the Boleyn Ground at 83/100 may prove shrewd.