It is not too often you can watch history in the making, but come Sunday, May 1, we may just see it happen.
Leicester City of the British Premier League is one victory away from winning the title, thanks to a Tottenham Hotspur draw with West Bromwich Albion.
For the uninitiated to English football’s top league, here is a brief history lesson: During the 2014-2015 season, Leicester City joined the BPL after gaining promotion from the second division. That same season, the Foxes accumulated just 41 points and avoided relegation by just four positions and six points. Expectations for the 2015-2016 season was just to secure another spot in the BPL.
Claudio Ranieri’s squad was given 5,000 – 1 odds of winning the League at the start of the year. A win on Sunday could break those odds and all the expectations of the season.
Currently, Leicester City sits in the first position atop the League Table with 76 points. The top spot has them sitting above BPL powerhouses Tottenham, Manchester City, Aresnal, Manchester United and defending League champions Chelsea. There is a 29-point difference between Leicester City and Chelsea heading into the final fixtures of the season. There was a 46-point difference between the two clubs at this time last season.
The League script writers could not of created a better story than what fans have watched Leicester City do over the season. Led by emerging star Jamie Vardy, the Foxes have put on a show that deserves recognition from everyone who appreciates a good underdog story or a small time club shaking up the major club dominated league.
To set things straight, I am a Liverpool fan, but I am even behind the Leicester cause. I want to see this team disrupt the social order and structure of English football and do something that has never been done. A League championship victory for Leicester City is a win for all the sports fans that still believe in teams that can break the mold of a capitalistic society that as become the new norm in sports.
Leicester City is a hope for a better future in English football. The title run is unlike any other, and the meeting with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday is the representation of the light at the end of the tunnel.
The heavily unfavored underdogs will go against the 20-time League champions Manchester United, the club that stands for all that is continually criticized in modern day sports. Man United is big money; Leicester is grass roots; Man United is Goaith, and Leicester is David. I hope that Sunday is the first day of radical change.