Saturday’s Premier League clash between Leicester City and Manchester United throws up a couple of interesting narratives, with Jamie Vardy aiming to score for the 11th successive game.
The 28-year-old striker’s rise from non-league football to top flight stardom has been well documented at this stage, and rightfully so when you consider that he was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels just five and a half years ago.
Ten goals in ten games have made Vardy a must-have in fantasy football, and there’s money to be won with the likes of bet365 bonus code provided he can stay clear of injuries.
Vardy’s strike against Newcastle United last weekend pulled him level with Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy who netted his ten in a row for Manchester United in the 2002/03 season.
Van Nistelrooy also hit eight in a row in the 2001/02 campaign, as did Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool two seasons ago when they came close to winning the title.
Other Premier League stars like Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright only managed seven games in a row during their illustrious careers, while Mark Stein and Emmanuel Adebayor also reached the same number.
While Vardy and Van Nistelrooy are currently tied for the Premier League record, Sheffield United’s Irishman Jimmy Dunne found the net in 12 successive English top flight games between October 1931 and January 1932.
During the week, in training, we look at ways that I can get me into my best positions — especially if I’m up front, and then go through on goal.
We concentrate on what their defenders are like, if they’re going to come in for the tackle, which side is their strongest and other stuff, then we just have to put it into practice on a Saturday.
Leaving individual achievements aside, it is remarkable that the game at the King Power Stadium is also a battle between first and second in the league.
Wins for Leicester and United away to Newcastle and Watford respectively, coupled with defeats for both Manchester City and Arsenal, saw a changing of the guard at the top of the table, if only temporarily.
There were eyebrows raised when Claudio Ranieri was chosen to replace Nigel Pearson as manager in July, but the Italian who earned his “Tinker Man” nickname over the course of an impressive career has five ever presents in his team and has only used 20 players in total so far.
A key part of their success has been the form of Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez who has scored seven goals in the league and been a vital component of an attack that has also benefitted from the likes of Marc Albrighton and Shinji Okazaki.
When Leicester entertained Louis van Gaal’s side at home last season they ran out 5-3 winners in a thoroughly entertaining affair that saw Vardy find the net in the 89th minute.
No doubt their fans would love a repeat in a couple of days’ time.