The Final Run-in

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Abhijeet Mohanty, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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It’s the business end of the Barclays Premier League Season 2015-16. Never has a team which was fighting relegation the previous made it so close to winning the league altogether.This is stuff football romantics dream of. The Leicester City fairy-tale hasn’t ended yet!

With just 4 games to go, the table looks like this –

GP         W         D          L       P

  1. Leicester City          34         21         10           3       73
  2. Spurs                         34         19         11            4       68
  3. Arsenal                     34         18         9             7       73
  4. Man. City                 34         18         7             9       61
  5. Man.United             34         17         8             9       59

Leicester showed first signs of a potential wobble as they dropped points to West Ham at home in their last match with their top player Jamie Vardy getting sent off. But they still have a 5 point lead over Tottenham Hotspurs who are hot on their tails and produced a breathtaking performance at Stoke on Monday.Spurs who have been forever been under the shadows of their North London rivals, Arsenal have a great chance to finish above them in decades.

The title run-in for Leicester isn’t easy though as they have to face 5th placed Man United (who are fighting for European places with their city rivals), Everton and Chelsea in their last 3 matches. Tottenham have a relatively easier set of fixtures. And the momentum is certainly with them with Leicester losing their top player to suspension.

But WHAT A STORY it would be if Leicester win it! An underdog fairy-tale victory isn’t rare in Cup matches but in the League it would be a phenomenal achievement.

But it’s not just the top where it is tight – Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich are involved in a thrilling “one-stays-up” relegation battle at the bottom.

15th MAY. Mark that on your calendars!

 

 

 

 

 

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