London, April 29 Leicester City defender Danny Simpson insists the prolonged absence of star striker Jamie Vardy won’t stop the Premier League leaders clinching the most incredible title triumph in English football history at Man United on Sunday. Claudio Ranieri’s side have the eyes of the world on them as they head to Old Trafford knowing a victory against United would see the 5,000-1 outsiders crowned champions for the first time in their 132-year history. In an era where the greed is good mantra of the Premier League’s big spenders has proved a turn-off for many, Ranieri’s collection of unsung heroes have captured the imagination of fans across the globe by making the seemingly impossible into a reality. Completing their astonishing charge to the title at the home of the 20-time English champions would be a fitting final chapter in the Leicester fairytale. But the Foxes’ first shot at sporting immortality comes with leading scorer Vardy banished to the stands after the England international was this week handed an additional one-game ban for angrily confronting referee Jonathan Moss following his dismissal for diving against West Ham United earlier this month. However, few teams epitomise against-the-odds success better than Ranieri’s men and, with Vardy’s replacement Leonardo Ulloa having scored twice against Swansea, Simpson sees no reason why Leicester’s coronation can’t come this weekend. “I think we have just sent a message to everyone who has been a bit negative about us,” said Simpson. Even if Leicester only draw on Sunday, they would take the title if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, seven points adrift with three games remaining, fail to win at Chelsea on Monday. Defeats for both Leicester and Tottenham, who haven’t won at Chelsea since 1990, would also mean Ranieri’s team are confirmed as champions. Tottenham can at least take encouragement from the fact Manchester United need the win almost as much as the north Londoners. Louis van Gaal’s side are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and third-placed Manchester City but have a game in hand in the race for Champions League qualification. Slumping Arsenal, with just one win in their last four matches, host third-bottom Norwich City, who are in the relegation zone on goal difference below Sunderland. Manchester City travel to Southampton.
Leicester eye United scalp, EPL crown at Old Trafford
Published: 01:01 am Apr 30, 2016