Leicester City’s defeat at the hands of Southampton on Sunday saw them become the joint-worst reigning champions at this point in a top-flight season.
Goals from James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and a Dusan Tadic penalty late on consigned the Foxes to their second 3-0 defeat on the bounce, leaving them in 15th place in the Premier League table.
And their meagre 21-point haul from 22 games has equalled the unwanted record set by Ipswich Town in 1962/63 (converted to three points for a win).
Leicester stunned the world when they won the Premier League against all odds last season but while few people expected them to repeat the feat this season, their title defence has still been a major disappointment. Havig let 37 goals slip past them, the Foxes have already conceded more this season than they did in the whole of 2015-16 (36).
And it gets worse. Claudio Ranieri’s side have now gone 13 away Premier League matches without a win, more than any other team. It is their longest winless away streak since October 2005 (18).
Chelsea’s 10th placed finish in 2015-16 was previously the worst title defence of the Premier League era but Leicester are on course to claim that unwelcome mantle. And if they aren’t careful, they could emulate Manchester City’s 1937-38 achievement by being relegated as reigning champions!