Foxes Flying Too High

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Snapshot Week 15.

December 8, 2015.

At the end of the weekend Leicester City, who this time last year were rock bottom of the table, are sitting at the top. That’s in real life.

An amazing achievement, whatever your allegiance, but should the high-flying Foxes really be looking down on the rest right now?

Here at the HPL, we know the answer is simply ‘no’. In fact, Claudio Ranieri’s men would not be even in the top four but for a stream of dodgy decisions going their way this season.

In the world of HPL, where football uses TV replays, the Foxes are in sixth place – a massive seven points adrift of the leaders, Arsenal. Why? Because while the Gunners should be a couple of points better off, Leicester should have eight less:-

Week 2: v West Ham (a): Keeper Schmeichel sweeps Hammers forward Sakho off his feet inside the box. That turns a 2-1 win for the Foxes into a 2-2 draw.

Week 8: v Norwich (a): Vardy is brought down by Bassong and a penalty is given. But on review this is just about the softest penalty yet this season. A 2-1 victory becomes 1-1.


Week 10: v Crystal Palace (h): The Midlands men snatch it 1-0 but only after Mike Jones books Crystal Palace winger Zaha for simulation rather than award a nailed-on penalty. Two more points dropped as 1-0 becomes 1-1.

Week 11: v West Brom (a): A nightmare for ref Anthony Taylor as Match of the Day pundits agree the Baggies were denied two blatant penalties and awarded one that should never have been. That makes it 3-3, not 3-2 to the visitors.

So after all the hypothetical adjustments and rulings during the opening 15 weeks of 2015-16, it is Arsenal holding a two-point lead over Manchester City in the HPL table, with Leicester barely in sight.

It would be interesting to know exactly what Foxes coach Ranieri thinks about introducing more technology to assist referees in football – and if, like Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, he is an enthusiast.  LP

Ranieri loves techno

HPL Table – Week 15

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PL Pos (Pts)
1 Arsenal 15 10 1 4 30 15 15 31 2nd (30)
2 Manchester City 15 9 2 4 29 15 14 29 3rd (29)
3 Tottenham 15 6 8 1 23 11 12 26 5th (26)
4 Manchester United 15 6 7 2 19 12 7 25 4th (29)
5 West Ham United 15 6 6 3 25 20 5 24 7th (23)
6 Leicester City 15 5 9 1 29 25 4 24 1st (32)
7 Crystal Palace 15 7 3 5 19 15 4 24 6th (23)
8 Everton 15 5 7 3 28 20 8 22 9th (22)
9 Watford 15 6 4 5 17 15 2 22 10th (22)
10 Southampton 15 4 9 2 22 18 4 21 12th (21)
11 Liverpool 15 5 4 6 18 20 -2 19 8th (23)
12 Chelsea 15 5 4 6 21 24 -3 19 14th (15)
13 Stoke City 15 4 6 5 13 16 -3 18 11th (22)
14 West Brom 15 4 6 5 14 19 -5 18 13th (19)
15 Norwich City 15 4 4 7 21 26 -5 16 16th (13)
16 Sunderland 15 4 4 7 19 27 -8 16 19th (12)
17 Bournemouth 15 4 3 8 20 32 -12 15 17th (13)
18 Newcastle United 15 3 4 8 16 31 -15 13 18th (13)
19 Swansea City 15 3 3 9 14 20 -6 12 15th (14)
20 Aston Villa 15 1 4 10 13 29 -16 7 20th (6)

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