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PLENTY of teams have col­lapsed with the Pre­mier League in their grasp.

Mid­way through the 2007-08 sea­son, Wat­ford sat 12 points clear at the sum­mit of the Cham­pi­onship, seem­ingly set for an in­stant re­turn to the top flight.

Then came a wob­ble, then a stum­ble, then the whole thing came crash­ing down. One win from their fi­nal 13 games saw the Hor­nets limp into sixth, a 6-1 de­feat to Hull in the play-offs grimly in­evitable.

It is en­tirely pos­si­ble that Le­ices­ter could suf­fer a sim­i­lar fate. But with nine wins in a row over what is usu- ally the make-or-break part of a sea­son, there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing to sug­gest they will.

Though far from wa­ter­tight at the back, the Foxes are eas­ily the di­vi­sion’s quick­est side on the coun­ter­at­tack. Though plenty of sides have made life dif­fi­cult for Nigel Pear­son’s men, no­body has stood toeto-toe and outscored them. That is the hall­mark of cham­pi­ons.

Bar­ring a dev­as­tat­ing in­jury cri­sis – es­pe­cially to lethal strike duo David Nu­gent and Jamie Vardy – the rest of the di­vi­sion is prob­a­bly play­ing for sec­ond place.

LETHAL: David Nu­gent

DUO: Jamie Vardy

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