Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says Tottenham are title favourites

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Tottenham, Arsenal & Man City favourites for title - Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri

Tottenham are the Premier League title favourites, according to Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.

Spurs, who are two points behind leaders Leicester with 11 games remaining, have not been top since the first week of the 2009-10 season.

But ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri, whose side host West Brom on Tuesday (19:45 GMT), believes the Londoners can end their 55-year wait for a top-flight title.

"Tottenham are strong in every situation," said the Italian.

Spurs could go top with a win at West Ham on Wednesday, should the Foxes slip up against West Brom.

Arsenal are three points adrift of their London rivals in third, with Manchester City another four points back in fourth, albeit with a game in hand.

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Ranieri believes his side's exploits this season have allowed Tottenham to avoid the usual attention generated by a title challenge.

"Everyone is speaking about Leicester but nobody about Tottenham," he said.

"Tottenham, in my opinion, are favourites. When they defend and when they attack, they know what they want.

"We are the surprise, that is fantastic, a good energy, but if we are realistic the real competitors are Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham."

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Ranieri may be reluctant to speak about his side's title hopes, but West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis is hoping the Foxes can hold off their rivals.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "The divide between the big clubs and everyone else is enormous. It would give everyone hope. You want to see the underdog do well.

"It would be a wonderful, wonderful achievement. I hope they see it through."

Pulis believes a Leicester triumph, a year after fighting relegation, would eclipse the achievements of Brian Clough with Nottingham Forest in 1978.

Clough took Forest to their first - and only - domestic league title a year after winning promotion to the top flight, later winning two European Cups.

"It'd be that big," said Pulis. "But it was different then. The divide then wasn't as great as the divide is now between those who've got it and those who haven't got it.

"The Premier League wasn't in place, so you'd most probably put this in front of that."

Watch Match of the Day on Wednesday on BBC One and online - 22:45-00:15 in England, 23:45-01:15 in Scotland & NI; 23:20-00:50 in Wales.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester28169351312057
2Tottenham27159349212854
3Arsenal27156643261751
4Man City26145748282047
5Man Utd27128736261044
6West Ham271110641311043
7Southampton28117103528740
8Chelsea2810994238439
9Stoke27116102933-439
10Everton27911749361338
11Liverpool2610883836238
12Watford27107102928137
13West Brom2899102936-736
14Crystal Palace2896133137-633
15Bournemouth2888123244-1232
16Swansea2769122536-1127
17Sunderland2866163453-1924
18Norwich2866163153-2224
19Newcastle2666142749-2224
20Aston Villa2837182251-2916
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