The landscape of football is changing. What was up is now down and vice versa. Chinese football is booming, Chelsea is fighting off relegation and Leicester are fighting Tottenham Hotspur to be league champions.

A 3-1 win on Saturday lunchtime away at Manchester City has the Foxes in prime position to win the English Premier League. Claudio Ranieri’s men backed up their stellar 2-0 victory at home to Liverpool by carefully dismantling the Citizens with a brace to defender Robert Huth and another sublime goal to Riyad Mahrez.

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The burning question about how far the club really can ride this fairy tale is looking closer to reality than ever before. Leading into the Etihad trip, common consensus still had the likes of City, Arsenal, and Tottenham ahead of the Foxes. Now it's on one of those three to chase them.

Supporters around England and the world are coming to grips with the idea that a relegation-threatened club like the Foxes can go from 20th to 1st in less than 12 months.

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Under previous manager Nigel Pearson, negative headlines about his conduct with fans, players, and journalists often followed as they tried to keep their head above water. That great escape is culminating in a run that's defying all convention in football where end of season tables often reflect the wage bill within individual clubs. Bargain buys like Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, and Robert Huth are all simultaneously in career best form.

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Showdown with Arsenal a potential decider

This narrative creates the perfect backdrop to Leicester’s upcoming clash away at Arsenal on Sunday. Their 4 wins and a draw in the last 5 contrasts to the Gunners, whose win at Bournemouth was a first taste of 3 points for 5 weeks.

Goals to Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin propelled Arsenal back into the mix since draws to Stoke City, Liverpool, and defeat at home to Chelsea stalled their title bid over a poor run of form across January.

A 5-2 demolition of the Foxes at the start of the season in September appears as nothing more than a distant memory as Leicester will travel to the Emirates Stadium with complete confidence.

Another boutique fixture pits Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City to have the top 4 competing directly against each other. With Spurs and City having heavy European and domestic cup duties ahead of them, the Leicester and Arsenal tie could prove decisive come May when the trophy is handed out.

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