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In Numbers: The Foxes' First Top-Flight English Title

The 5,000/1 odds of Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016 is perhaps the most fitting number to encapsulate the magnitude of the Club's achievement five years ago.
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However, naturally, with the 2015/16 campaign being City's greatest-ever season across 137 years of history, there were a series of numerical landmarks reached by Claudio Ranieri's men.

To mark the five-year anniversary, LCFC.com uncovers some of those achievements...

20 - Turning the table upside down

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Shinji Okazaki
Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki was among the goals at Everton as City sat top of the tree at Christmas.

Midway through the Foxes' maiden season back in the Premier League (2014/15), Nigel Pearson's men sat in 20th place of the Premier League at Christmas following a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.

City had earned just 10 points from their opening 17 matches back in the top flight, after a decade away, and were without a victory in 12 Premier League fixtures, spanning back to September.

Remarkably, Leicester would remain rooted the bottom of the table until mid-April, as a run of seven wins in their final nine league matches propelled them up to a 14th-placed finish.

With Ranieri in charge, however, the Foxes began the following campaign as favourites for relegation, but on Christmas Day 2015, they were top - with 28 more points than a year earlier.

11 - Vardy's heavenly feat

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Vardy writes his names onto the back pages with a record-breaking strike against the Red Devils.

One of the lasting memories of the 2015/16 season - and indeed of the Premier League's entire history - is the footage of Jamie Vardy wheeling away in delight after netting against Manchester United.

That strike at King Power Stadium on 28 November, 2015 was the former Fleetwood Town striker's 13th goal in 11 consecutive matches, breaking a record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy. 

During that streak, Vardy scored against AFC Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Arsenal, Norwich City, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Newcastle United and Man Utd.

Latching onto a no-look pass from Christian Fuchs, unusually on the right channel, Vardy ran past Matteo Darmian and beat David de Gea, with Martin Tyler roaring: "It's eleven, it's heaven for Jamie Vardy!"

0.3 - Tremors shake the football world

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Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri

Leicester's Italian manager cannot hide his glee as the Foxes beat Norwich.

The date is 27 February, 2016 and City are facing a disappointing goalless draw at home to Norwich City following a Valentine's Day heartbreak at Arsenal a fortnight earlier.

Whatever they do, Ranieri's men just can't find a way past an effective Norwich rearguard. Across the city, at the University of Leicester, meanwhile, a team of seismologists are doing a routine test.

With seconds to spare at King Power Stadium, Marc Albrighton hopefully sends a low ball across John Ruddy's penalty area - but Vardy can't quite reach it, despite his best efforts.

There's Leonardo Ulloa, though, to poke it into the net, sparking euphoric celebrations. Over at the university, there's a spike of 0.3 on the Richter scale as Ulloa's 'earthquake' goal trickled over the line.

147 - Life at the summit

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Danny Drinkwater
Danny Drinkwater

A comfortable win over Stoke sends City back to the top of the Premier League.

Before the season got underway, the last time Leicester had previously occupied top spot in the Premier League was in 2000, during the early optimism of Peter Taylor's short spell at Filbert Street.

However, over the 15 years which followed, City were more accustomed to the second tier of English football, even sinking as low as the third division, or League 1, on one occasion.

Not only was their title success in 2016 an enormous shock to the world, but it was also a sustained challenge, with the Foxes sitting atop of the football pyramid for an impressive 147 days.

While briefly holding top spot on the opening day of the season, from Saturday 23 January, 2016 onwards, coinciding with a 3-0 win over Stoke, the Foxes' grip of first place did not loosen even once.

10 - A healthy advantage 

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Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan

Previous champions Chelsea give the new English kings a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge.

Only four teams in Premier League history, before Leicester's maiden success, had ever won the top flight title by a larger margin than the Foxes managed in 2016.

By the time all football had been played in 2015/16, City had a 10-point lead over second-placed Arsenal, while Tottenham Hotspur were 11 points adrift in third place.

In 1999/00, Manchester United won the title by a staggering 18 points, while Arsène Wenger's 'invincible' Arsenal (11) and Chelsea (12), a year later in 2004/05, also rank highly.

Only Manchester City in 2017/18 have since bettered Leicester's record at the end of a full season too - with Pep Guardiola's men opening up a record 19-point advantage over Man Utd.

3 - Hard to beat

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Christian Fuchs
Christian Fuchs

A clean sheet at Sunderland helped secured UEFA Champions League qualification.

While City's feat of losing just three matches in the 2015/16 season was undoubtedly their best-ever such record in the Premier League era, it also fares well in the competition's history books.

Just four teams - Arsenal (zero in 2003/04), Liverpool (one in 2018/19), Chelsea (one in 2004/05) and Manchester City (two in 2017/18) - have suffered defeats on few occasions across a full season.

Leicester's three defeats, which came against Arsenal (twice) and Liverpool, led to the Club's best-ever top-flight wins total (23), with 11 of those coming away from home, another Foxes record.

Indeed, following their final loss of the season, at Emirates Stadium in February, Ranieri's odds-defying side embarked on an intrepid 12-game unbeaten run until the end of the campaign. 

24 - Vardy leads the way

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Vardy netted 24 goals for the Foxes in the Premier League - a Club record.

Despite being named as the 2015/16 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year, Jamie Vardy was edged to the Golden Boot by Spurs forward Harry Kane.

Vardy netted a total of 24 goals in the top flight across the season, including the Club's Goal of the Season against Liverpool in February, making him one of the most fearsome forwards in the Club's history.

You have to go back to Gary Lineker's 26-goal haul in 1982/83 to find a higher number in the top flight stakes for Leicester, three years before his switch to Everton for a fee of £800,000 in 1986.

Across all the seasons since Vardy's 2015/16 exploits, he has always reached double figures for the Club.

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