Leicester City took an enormous step to realising arguably the greatest fairytale in football history, moving five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-0 win at Watford.
The Foxes have become the adopted second team of almost all neutral fans in the country as they bid to become the unlikeliest of top-tier winners, though every passing week their wins are met with questions regarding their ability to sustain their positions of prominence.
“Can Leicester actually do it?” has been the most commonly asked question in any discussion on the title race. Well, they essentially sealed the deal at Vicarage Road.
As main rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw, victory at Watford saw Claudio Ranieri’s side open up a five-point gap at the summit.
Only one side this century has managed to squander such an advantage with nine matches remaining.
The unfortunate example is the Arsenal team of 2002/03.
Every other pacesetter at this point with as big a margin between first and second has gone on to be crowned champions.
Indeed, only five teams since the turn of 2000 have been top at this stage and not won the league, regardless of the deficit.
True, the bulk of these title winners had greater quality reserves than Leicester, but despite their obvious constraints in terms of squad depth, they continue to get the results they require.
Three of their next four fixtures are against teams in the bottom six, while the best-placed adversary they’re set to face in this spell is out-of-form Southampton. Four successive wins are a distinct possibility.
With no cup competitions to drain the legs of their players, they can devote all their attention to consolidating their position and, with history on their side, they simply must be backed to win the Premier League at very generous odds of 11/10.