Leicester City seems to have emerged as the only team that is likely to get near runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this season. The Foxes are second place but are still eight points behind Jurgen Klopp’s team.
However, they head into Saturday afternoon’s game against Norwich at the King Power Stadium on the back of nine straight league wins.
Big tests over the festive period
It would be one of the biggest surprises of the Premier League campaign if Norwich earned anything from their trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday. It is easy to see the Foxes running out comfortable winners.
However, there are far bigger tests that await Brendan Rodgers team in the next few weeks, including facing a trip to reigning champions Manchester City and also a boxing day clash with leaders Liverpool. These games are likely to decide if Leicester are going to mount a realistic title challenge or not.
The team from the Midlands are in red-hot form and good results in those two fixtures could certainly prove they are the real deal.
Leicester has previous
When it comes to winning the Premier League title, Leicester were the biggest surprise champions in the current era back in 2016. Nobody expected the Foxes to challenge then. In fact, they were expected to be in a relegation dogfight.
However, they shocked everybody by claiming the title. Rodgers team’s situation at the beginning of the campaign was far different than that of the title winners. Many predicted that the Foxes could be top-six or even top-four outsiders, but it’s doubtful that many expected a title challenge.
It seems unlikely that Liverpool will throw away their eight-point lead at this point of the campaign. However, as that title season taught us, you write Leicester off at your peril.
Will Leicester still be title contenders after the festive period of games?