Crunch time for leaders Leicester
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
The likelihood of Leicester playing in the Champions League next season is growing stronger by the game.
The even more fanciful notion of Leicester as English Premier League champion? We'll have a much better idea in about two weeks.
The team that narrowly
avoided relegation last season is the surprise leaders by three points, with 15 matches remaining, and 10 points clear of fifth-place Manchester United. If Leicester can emerge from their next three games with a lead intact, English football could be in for its most unlikely league champions in a generation.
The team led by Claudio Ranieri hosts Liverpool today in the standout match of a full midweek programme in the Premier League. Away matches at Manchester City and Arsenal the other members of the current top three come next for Leicester before a run of seemingly benign games, while their title rivals resume their campaigns in Europe.
Liverpool have been inconsistent of late, but are one of only two teams to have defeated Leicester this season. Both teams will be fresh after the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Leicester inactive after being eliminated and Liverpool fielding its reserves in a 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday.
"We will have fresh legs against Leicester, and that's the good news," said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose team has played a game every three of four days since Christmas.