Leicester City’s dicing with defeat against West Ham United led plenty of naysayer punters to predict the end for the Foxes’ unlikely title dreams.
Indeed, were it not for Leonardo Ulloa’s 11th-hour penalty that rescued a 2-2 draw, the Irons would’ve left the King Power Stadium with all three points, which would’ve in turn enabled Spurs to move within four points of the summit ahead of the final four fixtures.
Seemingly not allowed a single slip up despite their commanding lead at the top, the doubters clearly don’t need much encouragement to lose their faith in Leicester.
Yet, while proclamations of pending demise may have been a tad premature, should Claudio Ranieri’s men fail to do the bizzo at home to Swansea City, it’ll be safe to assume the title is heading to Tottenham Hotspur.
However, if either of the latter wagers land, a host of streaks will have to be snapped, which would suggest Leicester have lost their nerve in the title race.
Swansea at home represents the ideal fixture for a team desperate for end-of-season points.
Their only away wins since November 2015 came at the expense of two teams who’ve been notoriously poor in front of the faithful this term – Everton and Arsenal.
They’ve drawn a further three times in this spell, but a swathe of defeats across all competitions – eight to be exact – and the fact that they’re yet to keep a road clean sheet in 2016 highlights their obvious traveling troubles.
By contrast, Leicester have won five of seven at home, with all of their victories coming without concession.
Since mid-December, only West Bromwich Albion and West Ham have managed to bulge the King Power nets in the Premier League (both got a point out of their respective sojourns) and, following their last failure to win a top-flight fixture, they went on a run of recording seven from eight outings.
When facing bottom-half foes, only Manchester City’s 2.58 is a better points-per-game average than Leicester’s 2.56, though the Citizens have had one more match to establish this marginally superior mean.
Ranieri’s men haven’t lost all season against a team stationed below the top-tier equator and have so far failed to score just once, while they’ve also won four fixtures in a row against such sides.
Having been so self-assured against bottom-ten-dwelling teams all season, failure to see one off now would suggest Leicester are caving under the weight of title-chasing pressure.