No one anticipated Leicester City would be top of the Premier League on 6th December and it would be fascinating to know what former manager Nigel Pearson, a man not knowing for doubting his own ability, makes of Claudio Ranieri’s achievement.
While Louis van Gaal’s assessment that the club could win the Premier League title remains fanciful, Leicester City are about to enter a run of fixtures that will have a huge bearing on their final position at the end of the season. This includes home and away matches against Manchester City and Liverpool and games against Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal – all before Valentine’s Day.
As Leicester City’s draw with Manchester United demonstrated, it is by no means inevitable that the club will lose their early season momentum during these fixtures. If the club can avoid a run of defeats, they will hope to accumulate enough points to hold off rival teams and leave the club in a strong position to push for European qualification. But first they must get through the festive season.