Leicester are starting to feel the squeeze as the title race reaches it’s climax.
The Foxes sit atop the Premier League table, 8 points clear of second place Tottenham who have a game in hand but in recent weeks the pressure has ramped up.
They have seen a string of wins by a single goal, games closer than they’d care to admit and finally against West Ham yesterday they came within a whisker of finally losing when the London outfit’s double in the 84th and 86th minute had Leicester fans biting their finger nails.
Leonardo Ulloa’s injury time penalty salvaged a point for Claudio Ranieiri’s men, but the warning signs are there.
Whilst fans will be jubilant that their side managed to avoid defeat, the slip up will see Tottenham cut their lead to 5 points if they can overcome Stoke at the Britannia tonight, and then the pressure will really be on.
Their task will be made all the more harder by the absence of star striker Jamie Vardy.
The England international saw red after a perceived dive in the game’s second half and whilst it was a second red meaning that he would have missed the Swansea game next week, now the 29 year old has been hit with an FA misconduct charge that could see an extra game added to his ban due to ‘verbal abuse’ directed towards referee Jonathan Moss.
Incidentally the extra game would mean that he misses possibly Leicester’s most challenging tie of their run in, away to Manchester United on May 1st.
An FA statement released today said:
“Leicester have also been charged for failing to control their players following the awarding of an 83rd-minute penalty to West Ham.
“Both the player and the club have until 6pm on Thursday 21 April 2016 to reply to their charge.”
There is nothing to confirm that he will actually receive this extra game ban, whilst there is TV footage showing Vardy exchanging heated words with Moss there is nothing to confirm what he actually said and Moss himself could clear things up.
But with the pressure on, Leicester will need to hold their nerve with Tottenham breathing down their necks, waiting to capitalise on their every mistake.