As we all know, Leicester City have topped the Premier League for a long time now. Ranieri’s men are 5 points clear and just 4 games away from potentially lifting the muchly dreamed about Premier League Trophy. Known for their counter-attacking style, Leicester City have gained much admiration from football lovers from all around the world. But just how have they done it? How have they faired with rivals in other matters? Below you can see just how Leicester City have performed in all different aspects of the pitch.
They’ve managed an impressive 59 goals in just 34 games (an average of 1.7 goals per game), and are only beaten by Tottenham (64) and Man City (61) in terms of goals scored. An impressive feat considering they finished last season with a total of 46 goals and an average of 1.2 goals per game. According to stats, the rich form of record breaker Jamie Vardy and the signing of Japanese international, Shinji Okazaki, has payed dividends in what could be The Foxes first top flight title in their 132 year history.
As Liverpool fans will know, a title charge is not just about scoring the most goals. In the 13/14 season, the 101 goals Liverpool scored wasn’t enough for them to be crowned champions at the end of the season. The 50 goals they conceded proved too many for the Merseyside club as they finished in second place behind Manchester City who were ultimately crowned champions. As this season has unfolded, the Foxes have discovered an impressive defensive partnership. The defensive combination of international centre backs, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan has seen them keep an impressive 14 clean sheets this season, and with 4 games to go they have already beaten there 2014/2015 record of 10. Kasper Schmichael leads the table in the way of clean sheets in front of England international, Joe Hart and Manchester United superstar, David De Gea.
As the old saying goes ‘Possession is nine tenths of the law’. At least for previous title winners anyway. Leicester City have brought a new style of counter attacking football to the Premier League this season and their exciting style of football has stunned opponents who can’t seem to deal with their rapid attack. Attacking players, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been almost on the same wave length this year as they have scored a combined total of 38 goals (65% of Leicester’s total goal tally this season). The unplayable duo have showed the footballing world that possession may be nine tenths of the law, but the remaining ten percent is all about what you do with it. The Foxes have a possession average of 44.1 percent, the second lowest throughout the division and only higher than Sunderland’s 42.8 percent. Even bottom placed Aston Villa have seen more of the ball with a possession average of 47.7 percent.
Leicester City are the Premier Leagues second most dangerous team, well at least according to stats showing what team scores the most last minute goals. An incredible 21 percent of their goals have been scored within the last ten minutes of play. They are second in the league table in terms of last minute goals with 12 only beaten by Manchester City (13). Second place Tottenham have scored 11. If you was to take the 12 last minute goals away from Leicester they would drop an incredible 7 places in the Premier League table.
As well as remaining virtually injury free, the Foxes have been one of the cleanest sides in the division. This has enabled Claudio Ranieri to select unchanged sides and gather momentum at a time when other title challengers, namely Arsenal have suffered from suspensions and multiple injuries. In Fact, Leicester place 1st in comparison with other teams in the top ten league places. Leicester have picked up 2 red cards, one of which came last weekend (17th April) against West Ham when Jamie Vardy picked up a second yellow card for alleged simulation. They have also only received 47 yellow cards throughout the season so far cementing them as one of the league’s best-disciplined sides. In contrast, Aston Villa are the least disciplined side throughout the division after picking up a shocking 68 yellow cards in addition to 3 red cards.
Regardless of the last 4 games, this season will be remembered by Leicester fans for a very long time. Stats have shown that if Leicester continue what they are doing, they will be crowned champions in May, However, it is possible that additional pressures may have an impact on the side’s so far impressive performances. If Leicester are to be crowned champions then it will be considered one of Footballs greatest ever shocks, with many arguing that the feat would be greater than the heroics of Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side in 1978, a feat that many have argued will never be beaten.