The race for the Premier League title has seemingly been narrowed down to three teams - league leaders Leicester on 66 points, Tottenham Hotspur on 61 points and Arsenal on 55 having played a game less.
Many have been waiting for the Foxes to slip up, yet Claudio Ranieri’s side to their credit have managed to keep going with four of their last five league games ending in a narrow 1-0 victory.
However, Merson has not been impressed with Leicester’s recent displays, suggesting in his column for the Daily Star that they’ve been sussed out and are on course for a heavy defeat.
“I think teams have sussed Leicester out. When was the last time you saw Vardy have a one-on-one? If they keep on the way they are they are going to be on the end of a big defeat at some point,” Merson wrote.
“I also think Leicester’s next three games are their hardest. Saints at home is difficult because the fans will expect to win. That brings pressure. Then they have to play a Sunderland team fighting for their lives.”
“After that they have to play West Ham, who I believe are one of the best teams in the league this season.”
On paper it appears Leicester do have the easiest run-in of the title challengers, yet each game brings its own unique difficulty and no opposition can be overlooked between now and the end of the season.
The Foxes may not be brushing teams aside like they managed earlier in the campaign, yet they’ve remained resilient and in Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez they have match-winners at their disposal.
Southampton will provide a stern test this weekend, where in the corresponding fixture between the two sides it finished all-square at 2-2 after the Saints dominated for much of the game.