Premier League title race: Leicester, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City run-ins analysed
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 15/03/16 9:00am
The latest Premier League results look to have cut Manchester City further adrift in the title race as Leicester and Tottenham both won.
While City have a game in hand over Leicester after the Foxes' 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday Night Football, they are 12 points behind the leaders.
Tottenham are five behind after their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday and Arsenal have 11 points to make up with a game in hand on the top two.
Premier League table
|Team||Games played||Goal difference||Points|
Can anybody catch the Foxes? We take a closer look at the run-in to try to work out whether Tottenham, Arsenal or Man City could still win the title...
Top four remaining fixtures
|Crystal Palace (a)||Bournemouth (h)||Everton (a)||Man Utd (h)|
|Southampton (h)||Liverpool (a)||Watford (h)||Bournemouth (a)|
|Sunderland (a)||Man Utd (h)||West Ham (a)||West Brom (h)|
|West Ham (h)||Stoke (a)||Crystal Palace (h)||Chelsea (a)|
|Swansea (h)||West Brom (h)||Sunderland (a)||Stoke (h)|
|Man Utd (a)||Chelsea (a)||Norwich (h)||Southampton (a)|
|Everton (h)||Southampton (h)||Man City (a)||Arsenal (h)|
|Chelsea (a)||Newcastle (a)||Aston Villa (h)||Swansea (a)|
|-||-||West Brom (h) *date unconfirmed||Newcastle (a) *date unconfirmed|
Leicester don't have any remaining fixtures against the rest of the top four - although they do face a daunting final three games against Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea. However, of Leicester's next five opponents, only Southampton, West Ham are in the top half of the Premier League table and the Foxes play that pair at home.
It's Man City, though, who face the best fixture run-in on paper - if they can keep up with the hectic schedule. They still have nine games to play, due to their appearance in the Capital One Cup final, and their clash with Newcastle is still to be rescheduled.
In Man City's final three games, Manuel Pellegrini's men visit Southampton before an Eithad showdown with Arsenal, and then finishing their campaign at Swansea, while Spurs also play two of their final three games on the road, with trips to Chelsea and Newcastle sandwiching their home clash with Southampton.
Arsene Wenger's side round off their 2015/16 season with home games against relegation-battlers Norwich and Aston Villa either side of their potentially decisive trip to Man City.
Total games left
Leicester's early exit from both domestic cup competitions means they have been able to concentrate solely on the Premier League for some time. With no European competition to worry about, the Foxes have just eight games remaining this season and are able to focus all of their efforts on the Premier League title race.
Arsenal may struggle to overturn their 2-0 home defeat to Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League, and are out of the FA Cup following their 2-1 defeat by Watford on Sunday.
Man City's involvement in domestic cup competitions is over after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea before their Capital One Cup final victory in February, but Pellegrini will be plotting a good run in the Champions League after an impressive 3-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the first-leg of their last-16 tie.
Tottenham also have European competition to consider, although perhaps not for much longer after losing 3-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-32 Europa League clash.
Leicester have the advantage when it comes to injuries right now, with just one player - Matty James - on the sidelines.
The Foxes' rivals haven't been as fortunate. According to physioroom.com, Man City have four injuries while Arsenal have seven and Tottenham have two players out, including defender Jan Vertonghen.
|Team||Number of injuries (According to physioroom.com)|
The title race is intriguingly poised as we enter the final straight. The final three fixtures on the calendar throw up some mouth-watering clashes, including Arsenal's trip to Man City and Leicester's tough treble of Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea - but will the Foxes be out of sight by then?
Leicester have been fortunate with injuries and, with no cup or European commitments to worry about, they can remain quietly confident about their chances of pulling off a remarkable shock.
Tottenham also have a golden opportunity to win their first Premier League title, though, while former champions Arsenal and Manchester City cannot be discounted. There's still a long way to go...
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