Leicester City pried a seven-point gap between themselves and Tottenham Hotspur after a fourth straight 1-0 win at the weekend.
Southampton became the latest team to lose to the Foxes by the tightest of deficits as Claudio Ranieri’s troops strengthened their grip on the Premier League title.
The result saw Leicester trimmed into 13/50 for a maiden top-tier gong and, with just six games remaining for their closest rivals to bridge the growing gap, hopes that they may reign supreme have already started to evolve into expectations.
Assuming it is a matter of time, exactly when will punters see Foxes’ captain Wes Morgan toss Premier League title tin skywards in celebration?
Were Spurs and the Midlanders they’re pursuing win all of their remaining fixtures, Old Trafford would be the venue of their confirmation.
Leicester face Manchester United in the third last game of the campaign, but with a spate of navigable games between now and then, it’s possible their lead will be deemed unassailable before they grace the Theatre of Dreams.
Struggling Sunderland are up next for Ranieri’s side, before two home games against West Ham United and Swansea City. Each of these were beaten in the corresponding clashes and, while they haven’t done a lot of losing lately, they’re certainly more manageable matches than those Spurs must prevail in.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team take on Man Utd next, before heading to Stoke City ahead of West Bromwich Albion’s visit.
Their date with the resolute Red Devils and their notoriously good record in the white half of north London promises more points dropped, while winning at the Britannia won’t be easy either.
Failing to get the paramount victories against these foes will leave Leicester on the brink of title glory by the time West Brom travel to White Hart Lane, should the Foxes record the anticipated results against Sunderland and West Ham.
Even if Spurs avoid a late-season slip up against the Baggies, they’ll have to beat Chelsea away in the following fixture to remain in contention, something they’ve never managed in the Premier League era.
This rocky four-game road will see the Lilywhites capsize, guaranteeing Leicester the title even if they don’t sweep the coming quartet.