Jimmy Bullard changes his tune on Leicester City and says they'll finish in the top four

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Bullard had earlier tipped Leicester to be in relegation trouble.

Former Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard has admitted that he got things wrong about Leicester City at the start of the season, and now believes the Foxes can go on to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Leicester have been one of the stories of the season so far and shocked many by topping the Premier League table on Christmas Day. They still remain in the title race as they currently trail Arsenal by two points, and face a huge test tonight when they take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane - three days after playing out a 2-2 draw with Spurs in the third round of the FA Cup.

Bullard has also praised the performances of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy for the impact they've had on the side this season, as their exploits have gone a long way to helping the Foxes to their current position. 

Bullard said: "I’ve made myself look a little bit silly by calling them to go down. I thought they would struggle a bit after getting rid of Pearson in the summer, but the tinker man has been unbelievable! He’s got the lads Mahrez and Vardy playing out of their skin and it’s fair to say they’ve surprised a lot of people. You can’t get them all right I suppose!

"I’m changing my tune completely and think they’ll finish top 4 now, if they can avoid injuries and maybe add one or two key players during the January transfer window – I’m sure Foxes fans will hope I don’t get this one as wrong!"

Bullard has not been the only one to eat humble pie when it comes to Leicester as many though they were doomed to relegation following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as their manager, but the Italian has shown his pedigree and class by getting the best out of the side at his disposal.

There has been a lot of focus on one or two individuals within the Leicester side but as a unit they have surprised many and are still showing they can compete with the best sides in the league. 

The challenge for Leicester is to keep it up for the remainder of the season as they will face strong competition from sides currently queuing up behind them in the form of Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United as well as the likes of West Ham United as the season goes on. 

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