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Stats: Is Leicester’s survival the Premier League’s greatest ever escape?

Leicester City have managed to retain their Premier League status for another season against all odds, but how does their great escape compare to the only other two sides to survive after being bottom at Christmas?

West Bromwich Albion were the first team to stay up despite being bottom of the league on Christmas Day, as they picked up 13 points in their final ten games to finish 17th.

Sunderland also picked up 13 points in their last ten games as they survived last season to finish 14th, despite being last at the turn of the year.

Leicester looked doomed for long periods this campaign and were still rock bottom of the Premier League with ten weeks to go.

But they have somehow turned things around, winning six of their last nine to ensure they will be playing top flight football next season, and it has to go down as the greatest ever relegation escape.

Table: A look at the three teams who have survived after being bottom at Christmas and their form in the final ten games

Table: A look at the three teams who have survived after being bottom at Christmas and their form in the final ten games

The table above shows how West Brom, Sunderland and Leicester fared in their great escapes through the final ten games of the season, though the Foxes still have one more game to play, making their 19 point tally from the last nine all the more impressive.

Staggeringly, Leicester have picked up as many points from their last nine matches as they had through their 28 prior to that.

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Nigel Pearson deserves great credit for turning the club’s performances around in recent weeks but his job will be to now get his side playing consistently to avoid another late season relegation scare next term.

Is Leicester City’s great escape the best in Premier League history?

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