As the overused cliché goes, all good things must come to an end, and in the case of Leicester City it will also prove true.
Like Jamie Vardy’s great run of scoring in eleven consecutive Premier League games which came to an end on Saturday, his clubs marvellous run’s ending is also on the horizon.
15 games into the season and Leicester City are top of the league on 32 points, two clear of Arsene Wenger’s injury plagued Arsenal side. Claudio Ranieri’s men have lost just one game this campaign and are deserved of their place at the top of the pile.
The top scorer in the league, Jamie Vardy with 14 goals, plays for them and the joint second highest scorer, Riyad Mahrez on 11 after scoring a hat-trick at Swansea on Saturday also plays for the Foxes so it’s no surprise really given those stats they are where they are.
Ranieri has done a great job in his short spell in charge since taking over in the summer, exceeding all expectations and he has the team playing fluent attacking football to the delight of the fans.
We are now approaching Christmas and while most people expected Leicester City to have fallen off the pace by now they haven’t and some people in the footballing world such as Sir Alex Ferguson are starting to believe they can be title contenders.
Like Jamie Vardy showed in his famous run, confidence is vital. He is not naturally the best striker in England but through his belief he went on a remarkable run much like Leicester.
Losing just one game all season has to breed confidence but is there a reason Leicester City have lost only one game this season? Who exactly have they come up against?
Leicester have played just one of the current top ten Premier League sides away from home this season, that being West Ham who they happened to beat 2-1 in the second game of the season.
At home five of the current top 10 have been at the King Power Stadium, Manchester United and Spurs came away with draws, Leicester saw off Crystal Palace and Watford 1-0 and 2-1 respectively while Arsenal were responsible for their sole defeat this season with an emphatic 5-2 victory.
Yes Leicester have been a joy to watch this season but they are yet to come through a real tough run of fixtures, but those fixtures are just around the corner.
Stamford Bridge, Anfield, The Emirates, the Etihad Stadium, Old Trafford, White Hart Lane. Claudio Ranieri’s side have to visit all these stadiums while Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City must all play at the King Power Stadium as well.
An ominous group of fixtures.
Those who think the run will go on and come the end of the season they will be near the top may want to re think that in a month’s time as the Christmas period looks to be a tough one.
The next six fixtures for Jamie Vardy and his teammates are Chelsea (H), Everton (A), Liverpool (A), Manchester City (H), Bournemouth (H) and Spurs (A).
Before you know it this Leicester side could be back in mid table with Bournemouth at home the only relatively easy fixture over the Christmas period.
Indeed Leicester have been impressive but coming out of this spell still in the mix would be a huge achievement, one too far for this side one would suspect.