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They were bottom this time last year and 11 more stunning statistics behind Leicester's rise

Over the weekend, the Foxes extended their lead at the top of the table to five points.

Leicester currently hold a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Leicester currently hold a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
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OVER THE WEEKEND, Leicester went one step closer to what would surely be the greatest Premier League upset ever, as they beat Watford 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points.

Below are 12 statistics emphasising how incredible their meteoric rise has been.

  • This time last year (March 7, 2015), they were bottom of the table on 18 points.
  • It’s been 38 games since they ended a poor run of five losses and two draws.
  • Based on their last 38 games, they would be comfortably on top of the table on 82 points. Man City are second on 71.
  • They could become just the sixth team ever to become Premier League champions, after Man United, Arsenal, Blackburn, Chelsea, Man City.
  • Of Leicester’s 52 goals this season, exactly half of them (26) have been either scored or assisted by Riyad Mahrez.
  • Leicester’s overall passing success is currently at 69.7% — the lowest of all 20 Premier League teams.
  • The Foxes have lost just one of their last 10 games (against Arsenal) and have taken 21 points out of a possible 30.
  • They have already played each of their fellow teams in the top four twice, but they still have tricky-looking fixtures at home to West Ham and away to Man United and Chelsea in the run-in.
  • Arsenal in 2002-03 are only the only team in Premier League history to have blown a lead of at least five points after 29 matches.
  • Leicester have won more points (21) than any other Premier League team in 2016.
  • Before this weekend, N’Golo Kante had made more successful tackles (82) and interceptions (111) than any other Premier League player.
  • Leicester have scored the first goal in 19 of their 29 matches, which is better than any other team.

h/t Squawka, BBC Sport, Premier and Who Scored.

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