Historical stats suggest Leicester City have been elite this season

With nine matches left to play in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, Leicester City are still leading the standings. The Foxes have gained 60 points, five more than second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Could they do the unthinkable and win the league title? According to stats compiled by ESPN FC, Riyad Mahrez and company have a seizable chance to actually do it.

Since the 1994/1995 season, Leicester’s 60 points has them ranked 17th out of 25 teams and ahead of just five teams, based on the records of the leaders and eventual champions after 29 matches.

The initial conclusion here is that this is pretty low and the Foxes should not feel so sure about their Premier League crown chances.

However, three of the teams that are ranked behind Leicester are considered among the best in league history, suggesting the Foxes have done pretty well so far.

The Manchester United teams from 1995/1996 (58 points), 1996/1997 (57 points), 1997/1998 (59 points), and 2002-2003 (58 points), and Arsenal team from 1997/1998 (57 points) had fewer points at this stage of the season.

Meanwhile, Leicester have the same record as the Red Devils’ Treble-winning squad from the 1998/1999 season…

Leicester also have the 10th-best lead over a second-placed team, while in the past 21 seasons, a leader after 29 matches has been overtaken on just four occasions: Newcastle in 1995/1996, United in 1997/1998, Arsenal in 2002/2003, and United in 2011/2012.

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