Leicester made it four wins in as many matches at Burnley last time out to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.
Jamie Vardy’s strike was enough to see the Foxes to a 1-0 win at Turf Moor, which saw their price for the drop balloon as high as 13/2.
Flawless recent form, plus the substandard showings of their rivals are the reasons behind the boost, but the flimsiest of margins still stands between Leicester and the bottom three.
One point divides Nigel Pearson’s men from Sunderland and the gateway to the Championship and a tendency to streak either white hot or corpse cold means they could easily find themselves back in the soup this season.
Very rarely do the Foxes stray in between the binary divides of wins and losses with valuable, survival-enabling stalemates, preferring instead to toy with the emotions of supporters with sustained periods of success and failure.
For instance, prior to this four-match winning run, they hadn’t tasted victory in eight league games, six of which they lost.
They lost ten of 11 between mid-October and Boxing Day before picking up seven points from nine in the three top-tier matches to follow.
Further evidence takes the form of the four unbeaten games from five they started the season with.
The frightening part of this from the east Midlanders’ perspective is that each of these strong periods have been brought to an end by a defeat, which has then tended to snowball into a devastatingly long strain of losses.
A repeat of this at such a crucial stage of the season will almost certainly prove fatal for Leicester’s hopes of remaining afloat.
The fact their next opponents are champions elect Chelsea is sure to have all associated with the club wracked with dread.
Beating West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and Burnley is one thing, but a serious elevation in performance will be required to elongate their new-found imperiousness against the Blues.
Assuming they do lose this King Power Stadium collision – as Chelsea’s price of 65/100 indicates they will – and proceed to magnetise the defeats from henceforth, fixtures against immediate foes Sunderland and QPR, as well as peripheral protagonists Newcastle will see almost certainly result in their relegation.