How Leicester are already ‘champions’

Leicester players celebrate

Leicester opened the gap at the top of the Premier League to five points at the weekend with a 1-0 win at Watford

“Leicester – a great story but they’ll never keep this up over the course of a whole season.”

The suspicion has lingered throughout this campaign that the Foxes’ remarkable run cannot be sustained over the course of a 38-game Premier League season. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

It is now 38 matches – nine last season and 29 this – since then bottom-of-the-table Leicester ended a sequence of five defeats and two draws with a 2-1 home victory over West Ham on 4 April.

They have not looked back since, winning 24 of those 38 fixtures. Of their previous 29 top-flight games after earning promotion in 2014, they had won just four.

So how does the Premier League top 10 look over that 38-game period?

Leicester, five points clear in this season’s real standings, find themselves even further ahead at the top of the table, with an 11-point lead over Manchester City.

And what about the bottom of the table? Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland are a long away adrift.

Note: Tables only include teams who played in the Premier League in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

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