By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Steven Gerrard has claimed Leicester’s clash against Swansea on Sunday is “monumental” in the two-way fight for the Premier League title.
The former England and Liverpool captain is convinced Spurs have a good chance of ending their 55-year title wait following the events of last weekend.
Leicester dropped two points when they drew 2-2 against West Ham and had Jamie Vardy sent off, with their leading scorer absent on Sunday and potentially facing an additional one-match ban.
Spurs responded with a resounding 4-0 win at Stoke on Monday night to narrow the gap on the leaders to five points with four matches of the campaign remaining.
“Leicester play the biggest game in their history on Sunday,” wrote Gerrard in his Telegraph column. “The visit of Swansea will offer the greatest of insights into whether they have the stamina, nerve and depth of resources to hold off the challenge of Tottenham.
“I believe Sunday is so monumental because of what took place against West Ham last week, the first hint of anxiety in what was in danger of becoming a title procession. Everyone pounced on it, suggesting it was the opening Spurs have been waiting for.”
Vardy accepted an improper conduct charge on Thursday by the Football Association in relation to his response to his dismissal against West Ham, where the striker received a second yellow after being adjudged to have dived in a bid to claim a penalty.
He is already out of Leicester’s Sunday game at home but were the FA to apply a further ban to the 29-year-old he could miss one of his team’s most challenging fixtures of their title run-in, a trip to Manchester United on 1 May.
“Leicester did well to claim a point in the circumstances, but you could see how buoyed Spurs were by what they saw,” Gerrard added to the Telegraph.” That was evident in their response at Stoke the following day. Now Leicester must play without Vardy.
“If they win without him it will send a message to White Hart Lane that nothing will derail them and it is my belief that victory against Swansea would put Leicester one more win from the ultimate triumph.
“I am sure Vardy has been replaying last weekend in his mind every day since, asking himself what he could have done differently to avoid a red card and suspension at such a critical moment. This is how you get affected when the stakes are so much higher
“Spurs will have watched that and convinced themselves their time is coming. Mauricio Pochettino will be telling his players there are more twists to come, shifting momentum their way.”
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