I’M going to make a big statement – if Leicester win tonight they’ll go on to be crowned champions.
It’s taken me a long time to become a believer but in all probability Spurs are the Foxes only serious challengers and everyone expects them to drop points in the run-in.
If Leicester beat Newcastle they’ll be five points clear with eight to play – and may only need three wins and a couple of draws to go the distance.
I’d love to be holding one of those slips that say “Leicester to win the Premier League at 5000-1″. And would I have cashed it in by now – probably.
I was at Newcastle’s last game against Bournemouth and couldn’t believe how badly they played and how poisonous the atmosphere was.
That was not surpeisingly Steve McClaren’s last game in charge and it will be fascinating to see how successor Rafa Benitez handles a drop battle.
He’s only had two full days to sort out the team and it’s unlikely be enough – his next two against Sunderland and Norwich are where points have to be picked up.
So I’m sticking with Leicester at 8-13 with William Hill and despite the new-boss bounce factor I’m on them -1 at 17-10.
Rafa’s a better boss than McClaren but he isn’t a miracle worker. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez can run a dodgy defence ragged so let’s go with Vardy to net at evens with Ladbrokes. Mahrez is 7-4 at bet365.
Newcastle have nothing up front so consider Leicester to win to nil at 15-8 with McBookie.
(17-10, William Hill)
Vardy to score