At last consensus has formed around the unlikelihood of Leicester City making the playoffs. It’s difficult to blame anyone for hoping against hope that something might turn up, but the reality (that Leicester just haven’t been good enough this season) has been staring at us for long enough.
What little there is to play for this season is a sense of progress*. Six points from nine are required to beat last season’s total of 67. However slim a sign of progress that is, it’s surely preferable to this expensively assembled squad producing a lower return than a team that (for a time) had Moreno at centre-half.
That two of Leicester’s final three fixtures are at home could also help the Foxes maintain their impressive record in front of their own supporters. In each of the last three seasons Leicester have won 13 matches at home. This year they have 11 wins with two to play.
The Foxes are unbeaten in seven at home. For the sake of those looking to be in the starting lineup in August, you’d hope City can make it eight.
But Leicester are looking for three league wins in a row over Burnley for the first time since 1906. It’ll be tough. The Clarets have the Championship’s 5th best away record, winning no fewer than 10 times on the road. Poor home form may have ruled Burnley out of the promotion race this season but they are likely to be no slouches in this match.
Given what Leicester fans have seen in the Foxes last two outings, it’s easy to forget that by and large Leicester have started solidly for most of the season. City have trailed only eight times at the break and that could be useful against a Burnley side who tail off after half time. If the league table were based on the second half alone, the Clarets wouldn’t be safe from relegation yet.
*OK technically Leicester could still finish as high as 4th and as low as 16th, but this blog prides itself on being on nodding terms with reality.