Weekend in Numbers: Leicester on the brink of immortality

Elsewhere, things are going from bad to worse at Aston Villa

BY Adrian Collins 15:06 Friday 29 April 2016, 15:06 29 Apr 2016

Leicester are on their way to Old Trafford for the biggest match of their season, and for many of the players their entire lives - could they claim the title against Manchester United? 

Their extraordinary season has been one to remember for them.

Potentially the game that will be remembered as a "where were you when..." moment, Manchester United welcome Leicester live and exclusively on Off the Ball from 12pm on Sunday. 

"Only this remains" Claudio Ranieri told reporters last week and the wily Italian, as well as Leicester City, can claim a first top flight domestic title with a momentous result at Old Trafford.


Leicester on the brink of Immortality

The eyes and ears of a nation will be on Old Trafford this weekend as Leicester City dare to dream. Not often has a title decider come to Manchester United's home ground when the opposition have the chance to claim the honour. Sylvain Wiltord infamously in 2002 scored the only goal of the game to bring the title back to London.

Leicester will have a tough task when you consider Louis van Gaal's side have only lost twice at home in the league in 17 matches. In fact, a win over the champions elect would see them supplement Leicester and Manchester City as having the best home record in the league.

Goals have been hard to come by at Old Trafford, but this should be of no concern to the Foxes who have only been kept scoreless three times, a well documented blip at the turn of the year.

Victory will hand Leicester the title, so will Tottenham's failure to beat Chelsea on Monday.

Deep breaths, everyone.

Jamie Vardy scores in his 11th consecutive match agaisnt Manchester United earlier this season. Image: Mike Egerton / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Things going from bad to worse at Aston Villa

Gabby Agbonlahor pleaded for forgiveness this week on social media as he stepped down as club captain. The top flight ever-presents have been relegated for the first time in the Premier League era.

Villa are guaranteed to have their worst Premier League season ever, even if they fail to win all of their remaining matches. The club's best record in the Premier League was 64 points back in 2010, while there worst has seen them accrue 38 points on three occasions, most recently last year.

A  bleak season promises to get bleaker for Eric Black's men.

Gabby Agbonlahor stepped down as Aston Villa captain this week. Image: Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Are Arsenal in danger of slipping out of the top four?

Arsene Wenger insists he will see out the remainder of his contract at the Emirates, but this latest season has surely indicated the next will be his last.

Their title challenge petered out with a whimper rather than a roar and their second place spot has been downgraded to their traditional fourth place finish.

It's been 20 years since the North London club finished outside the top four, the 1995-96 season saw them miss out to Aston Villa. Two wins and a draw will be enough to hold onto their Champions League spot in a run in which sees them face Norwich this weekend, Manchester City and Aston Villa. But United are breathing down their necks with a game in hand. 

Would failure to finish in the top four spell the end for Wenger?

Arsene Wenger has one year left on his current deal with Arsenal. Image: Scott Heppell / PA Wire/Press Association Images


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