Leicester or Spurs? Which side will win the EPL title

By Elliott Bretland, Luke Augustus

Spurs sit five points behind Leicester with four games to play. Photos / AP
Spurs sit five points behind Leicester with four games to play. Photos / AP

Leicester are four games away from completing a miracle Premier League title run and only one team can stop them. Will Spurs run down the Foxes?

WHY TOTTENHAM WILL WIN THE TITLE

Tottenham's swashbuckling victory at Stoke on Monday night has given the Premier League title race a new lease of life.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are now just five points behind table toppers Leicester City - with a better goal difference too.

With four games remaining in the season, the Daily Mail look at five reasons why Tottenham can win the title.

Harry Kane's partnership with Dele Alli
They've been team-mates for less than a year but Harry Kane and Dele Alli look like they've played together for many a season. Monday's 4-0 win at the Britannia Stadium was another example of that - with the pair scoring twice.

Their link-up play has been breathtaking this campaign with midfielder Alli supplying seven of Kane's 24 goals. Kane's tally leads the race for the Golden Boot and is more than Aston Villa (23) have scored all season. Their contribution has been as such that between them they have scored or assisted 37 of Tottenham's 64 goals (58 per cent).

With Leicester City's star striker Jamie Vardy suspended for their next two matches, questions will be asked where their goals will come from. In contrast Spurs have two red-hot options - plus the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela as a fine supporting cast.

Defence
While Spurs are scintillating in attack, they're miserly in defence. They have conceded the fewest goals this term (25) than anyone else with Manchester United (30) second-best in this statistic.

In Hugo Lloris they have arguably the best goalkeeper in the top-flight while Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have been the standout central defensive partnership. Even when the latter was out injured, Kevin Wimmer slotted in admirably. Lloris, Alderweireld and Vertonghen have been supported at full back by Kyle Walker and Danny Rose - who also provide an attacking thrust.

The fact that Spurs have faced the fewest shots on target this season too (102) is a testament to their defensive work as a team, with Eric Dier a great midfield shield.

Defence
While Spurs are scintillating in attack, they're miserly in defence. They have conceded the fewest goals this term (25) than anyone else with Manchester United (30) second-best in this statistic.

In Hugo Lloris they have arguably the best goalkeeper in the top-flight while Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have been the standout central defensive partnership.
Even when the latter was out injured, Kevin Wimmer slotted in admirably. Lloris, Alderweireld and Vertonghen have been supported at full back by Kyle Walker and Danny Rose - who also provide an attacking thrust.

The fact that Spurs have faced the fewest shots on target this season too (102) is a testament to their defensive work as a team, with Eric Dier a great midfield shield.

Fixtures
Both Tottenham and Leicester have two home and away fixtures remaining but the former can take solace in the Foxes' more difficult run-in.

After playing Swansea on April 24, Claudio Ranieri's side then face Manchester United (May 1), Everton (May 7) and Chelsea (May 15) on the final day of the season.

In contrast, Spurs entertain West Brom (April 25) before games against Chelsea (May 2), Southampton (May 8) and Newcastle (May 15).

Hunting the Foxes
Spurs may feel it's better to the chasing than to be chased - even at this late stage of the season. All the pressure is on Leicester - with the focus from everyone firmly locked in on the King Power Stadium outfit. After grinding out a succession of slim victories, Sunday's 2-2 draw against West Ham was the first sign of the pressure beginning to tell. With their tough run of games coming up - that's bound to increase if Tottenham continue their rich vein of form.

Five points isn't an insurmountable gap to chase and Tottenham's current goal difference is 13 better than Leicester's so it is likely that, if the teams finish level on points, the Premier League trophy will be heading to London.


WHY LEICESTER WILL WIN THE TITLE

With four games to go, Leicester fans can be forgiven for feeling nervous with Spurs in hot pursuit, but here, The Daily Mail gives five reasons why Claudio Ranieri's men will still win the title.

It's in their own hands
Tottenham's win over Stoke may have reduced the gap between first and second but Leicester still hold a five-point lead over their rivals.
The Foxes face a tough run-in with home matches against Swansea and Everton and daunting trips to Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, Claudio Ranieri's men amassed ten points in the reverse fixtures and a similar haul would mean even if Tottenham win all four of their remaining fixtures, the Premier League trophy will head to the east Midlands.

The Foxes don't know when they are beaten
Leicester have lost only three Premier League games all season.
It looked like that stat would increase to four defeats as the Premier League leaders trailed 2-1 at home to West Ham on Sunday.

However, they battled until the very end and earned a penalty deep into injury time to seal a vital point.

The man who netted the spot-kick, Leonardo Ulloa, said after the match: 'We showed great character. I love to play with this team because we all fight together. We fight together until the last minute.'

How many last-minute goals did Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United teams score over the years? It's the sign of champions.

Able deputies for Jamie Vardy
Make no mistake, losing leading goalscorer Vardy for the visit of Swansea is a huge blow to the Foxes but they are not short of attackers capable of filling the void.

Shinji Okazaki, who has five goals this term including the winner against Newcastle with an overhead kick in March, will harass the Swans' backline while Ulloa, who has four goals, kept his cool to convert against the Hammers and can be relied upon if selected to start at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Team spirit and support
Let's face it, nobody in the world of football expected Leicester to top the Premier League at any point this season, let alone be five points clear by mid-April.
With that, a close bond has been forged in the Leicester squad and that team spirit will stand the side in good stead for the title run-in.

In this incredible fairytale season, fans of the Foxes are in dreamland and will stick with the players until the very last kick in order to help them over the line to claim a first-ever top-flight title.

The remaining games are tough but Leicester have the momentum and confidence needed to see them through.

Good karma
According to a Buddhist monk, it doesn't matter what Leicester do on the pitch - they will win the Premier League title because of good karma.

Phra Prommangkalachan, the 63-year-old assistant to the abbot of Bangkok's Traimitr Temple, thinks the honest work of Leicester's billionaire owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has been hugely influential.

'It's not got anything to do with magic. It's Vichai's good deeds that help garner support from fans across the world which became the power for Leicester City Football Club,' he told Reuters TV.

'I believe that all the good karma that Vichai has made will be a factor that helps Leicester to definitely win the Premier League.'

- Daily Mail

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