At the start of the 2015-16 season most fans of the English top flight division expected more of the same dominance from the usual candidates. Champions Chelsea dominated the previous season dropping points in only 12 games, losing a mere 3 of the 38 played. Manchester was drenched in blue given City’s strong title challenge finishing with 79 points, 8 behind Mourinho’s men. Manuel Pellegrini’s side failed to defend their league title but still managed to finish 9 points above the Red Devils of Old Trafford. United’s form has been as unpredictable as it has been disappointing since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson after his title winning season of retirement of 2012/13. Arsenal’s title hopes ended in a shade of bronze as the Gunners placed 3rd after a 4-1 victory over Tony Pulis’ West Brom.
Most people would have expected a strong title defense from Chelsea this season, but that’s been far from the truth. Stamford Bridge has most definitely been blue for the wrong reason this season after the club lost 9 fixtures during the first half of the season, dropping points in 14 games of the first 19. ‘The Chosen One’ Jose Mourinho had the odds of maintaining his job cast aside after his men slumped to a home defeat against West Brom, followed by an away loss to surprise title hopefuls Leicester City. The club parted ways with Mourinho and since then, under the guidance of once former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, have not lost a match in the Premier League. Hiddink suffered his first ever defeat as Chelsea manager in the Champions League on the 16th of February against a powerful PSG side who currently sit a massive 23 points clear at the top of the French Ligue 1.
The shock of the season has of course been Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City. The Foxes have been a formidable force in the Premier League so far, failing to sure points in only 3 of the 29 games currently played, losing to Arsenal (2) and Liverpool. Leicester are perched at the summit of the English top flight division 5 points clear of second place Tottenham Hotspur, and 8 points clear of third place Arsenal. Summer signings of N’golo Kante, Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs have deemed crucial to the club’s success so far. The club made a total of 6 pre-season signings, as well as 3 January signings, including the young winger Demarai Gray from Birmingham City for £3.7m. The young winger has been a promising rotation player for Ranieri so far this season and looks an exciting prospect for the clubs future attacking options. English forward Jamie Vardy currently sits rooted at the top of the league goalscoring table netting 19 goals thus far, one ahead of the young Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku of Everton. The partnership of Vardy and Algerian playmaker Riyad Mahrez has been a force to be reckoned with, given the combined 34 goals and 15 assists between the pair.
Spurs hold the best defensive record in the league, as well as the highest goal difference, and are tight on the heels of the King Power blues, hungry for the top spot. Rivals Arsenal have slipped off their previously competitive run of form in recent weeks slipping to defeats against a young Manchester United squad and travelling Swansea at the Emirates. Truth be told people are taking The Foxes title challenge seriously and Leicester seem title favourites, but will they falter?
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