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Outsiders showing no sign of title-race nerves

Now stay with me on this one, but I reckon the longer Leicester can continue to make a mockery of pundits' pre-season predictions, and stay top of the league, the more it'll play into Tottenham's hands.

Such is the hype surrounding the Foxes, that they have dropped from being 5,000-1 outsiders to favourites with some bookmakers for the title.

But every time they win the expectation for them to lift the Premier League trophy steadily grows, and with that expectation comes added pressure.

It's easy to go about winning matches when there's nothing to lose but when you've suddenly got a Premier League title at stake, that pressure can begin to tell and the chance of ballsing it up is far more likely.

As Leicester remain the source of everyone's attention, Spurs have been allowed to fly under the radar, creeping up to second with relatively little made of it.

The longer Claudio Ranieri's men hog the limelight, the closer Tottenham can move towards the top of the table without having immense pressure placed on them.

With the top four all facing each other ton Sunday, Tottenham could put a serious dent in Manchester City's title hopes by sticking a few past their creaky defence polishing them off.

Plus if Leicester upset Arsenal at the Emirates then even better - Tottenham will gain some breathing space in second while the Foxes will take the bulk of the media attention.

All they need to go then is keep quietly going about their business and pip Leicester at the post.

The only catch will be if Leicester don't slip up. But that can't happen, can it?

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Arsenal v Leicester

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  • Leicester have conceded three goals in their last eight after leaking 24 in their first 17
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Surprise Premier League Leicester can stun the Emirates a week after doing exactly the same to Manchester City at the Etihad. Arsenal have been unconvincing in attack recently but Leicester have plenty of cutting edge with 18-goal Jamie Vardy, 14-goal Riyad Mahrez and underrated workaholic Shinji Okazaki a match for anyone.