Leicester City currently occupy top spot in the Championship. Nearest rivals QPR are eight points behind them and Burnley are just nine points adrift. Despite there being four months left of the football season it’s hard to see anyone toppling Leicester this season. Here’s why.
First and foremost, the amount of goals that the Foxes score is crucial. This season they have managed 49 goals in 27 games, making them the second most prolific club in the league (Derby lead the way). In forward David Nugent they have a proven Championship goal scorer; he has 15 this season and looks odds on to pass the 20 mark by the end of the season. However, Leicester’s goal sufficiency is supplemented by an array of other players; Jamie Vardy has nine league goals, Lloyd Dyer has five and Anthony Knockaert has four.
This is why Leicester are flying. Unlike QPR and Burnley they are not solely reliant on their main striker. This is a huge advantage for the Foxes, as when Nugent has an off day manager Nigel Pearson knows that he has enough attacking pedigree on the pitch to get a goal without Nugent. Unsurprisingly Leicester are overwhelming favourites in the Titan Bet best odds to win the Championship.
The second reason Leicester should romp to promotion is the fact that along with QPR they have the best squad in the league. In net is the hugely impressive Kasper Schmeichel. His performances have been that impressive that AC Milan are rumoured to be after him. In defence they have players who have Premier League experience such as Paul Konchesky, while fellow defender Liam Moore is attracting Premier League attention. As for midfield and attack Leicester have plenty of strength in depth. In fact, alongside QPR, who are second favourites in the online betting with Titan Bet for promotion, Leicester have the biggest squad in the Championship and that is why they will win promotion.
Teams around them such as Burnley have limited funds and thus a limited squad; an injury to Danny Ings would derail their promotion chances. As for Leicester, an injury to Nugent wouldn’t be ideal but there is enough quality in the squad for him to be replaced. If you look at any team in the world, the ones with the biggest squads, e.g. Man City or Chelsea end up doing very well in the league.
Following the heartbreak in last year’s play-off semi-final with Watford (Knockaert missed a last minute penalty for Leicester and then Watford countered and scored the winner), Leicester will be absolutely driven to close out the remainder of the season and return to the promised land of the Premier League. They have a good manager in Nigel Pearson. He is a man who knows the league well and has the experience to sustain this push.
If Leicester do not get promoted this season then it will be entirely of their own doing. They have a squad that is capable of promotion; they just need to keep performing like champions.