With ten games left to go in the Premier League season, Leicester City are sitting in a fairly comfortable 8th place, just one point behind 7th and, despite a poor February, still four points above the bottom half.
It seems like the nine points required to overhaul Arsenal in 6th is beyond reach, but with 7th still to play for and the chasing pack closing in, the Foxes will need a strong finish.
Fortunately for us, the final 10 games will look like this:
vs Bournemouth - 11th
@ West Brom - 20th
vs Arsenal - 6th (yet to be rearranged)
@ Brighton - 12th
vs Newcastle - 15th
@ Burnley - 7th
vs Southampton - 16th
@ Crystal Palace - 17th
vs West Ham - 13th
@ Totenham -4th
Part of the reason Southampton moved on from Claude Puel was a disappointing finish to the season, so he’ll be hoping for a better end to this year, and that’s about as tame a schedule as we could have hoped for. Plenty of representation from the bottom half, as well as Arsenal and Burnley sides on runs of form as bad as ours.
In fact, the Telegraph have already done the maths for us, it’s the easiest schedule in the league. At least, on paper.
10 games to go: Which teams have the toughest and easiest run-ins? https://t.co/qzyCdSDCZs pic.twitter.com/qwZAWcRRCX— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) March 2, 2018
Things rarely go by the form guide at this point of the season of course. Some Leicester fans may dimly remember a time when we were 20th at this point in the season, but were possibly the hardest team to face in the run in. Every year we see teams from the bottom make a similar push when the threat of relegation becomes so real.
The good news in that regard is that, after West Brom next weekend (which is hopefully too early for the fear to really kick in), we don't face any of the current bottom three. Instead we face 11th, 12th and 13th, teams who may feel like they have a little less to play for.
Still, as the graphic above shows, out closest rivals in the league, Burnley and Everton, both join us in the bottom five.
The schedule may benefit us in the grand scheme of things, but as far as the race for 7th goes, things are about equal.
All things considered though, I’d still much rather be in this position, with the “easier” games left toplay. If the Foxes hit their stride, they could tear through the end of the season, generating momentum for the next. We all know how that worked out last time.