Pundit explains why Leicester’s next two games are easier than their rivals'

Leicester City face two more big clashes in their bid to win the Premier League title.

Danny Higginbotham feels Leicester City’s next two matches against Sunderland and West Ham United are easier than their rivals' upcoming encounters, according to the Independent.

With just six games remaining, the Foxes lead by seven points at the top of the Premier League table but many observers and pundits alike believe the next two games are tricky for Claudio Ranieri’s men.

Higginbotham, however, disagrees as he thinks Sunderland and West Ham’s need to win - with both teams still fighting for something - will suit Leicester’s preference to play on the counter-attack.

"The conventional wisdom says that Leicester City have a difficult next two matches, against Sunderland and West Ham United, which could open the title race back up for Tottenham. But the conventional wisdom is wrong," the former defender wrote in the Independent.

"For a counter-attacking side like Leicester, the easier games are not the ones against sides with nothing to play for and nothing to prove, teams who would be willing to sit back and play out the 0-0.

"The easier games, in fact, are against sides who need to win, sides like Sunderland and West Ham who will throw everything at them in pursuit of the three points."

Tottenham, meanwhile, host Manchester United before taking on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

With only a handful of games remaining, each passing week becomes more intense at the top of the table and thus far Leicester have answered every question which has been thrown their way.

Claudio Ranieri’s men aren’t scoring quite as prolifically as earlier in the campaign yet their defence has shored up and five of their last six matches have ended in narrow 1-0 victories.

Sunderland and West Ham are desperate for points and, while you can expect their endeavour and motivation to increase, gaps at the back could appear as they go searching for those all-important three points.

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