Leicester: Premier League Preview

Leicester come into this campaign on the back of a disappointing campaign, finishing in 12th place.

It was no surprise given the fairytale season they enjoyed, where they defied all expectations to win a stunning debut Premier League title.

The title win was one of the greatest underdog stories of all time, no one gave them any chance of completing the miracle but they did and at a canter in the end.

This meant any follow up act would be all but impossible but they imploded dramatically, culminating in the sacking of fan favourite and club manager Claudio Ranieri.

Under new manager Craig Shakespeare the club still have a huge challenge this season, it will be interesting to see if he can help Leicester find that level again.

Premier League

Leicester’s opening fixture of this brand new Premier League campaign is against Arsenal on Friday 11th August, at the Emirates Stadium.

Their next four fixtures are:

 

Brighton (H) 19th August

Manchester United (A) 26th August

Chelsea (H) 9th September

Huddersfield (A) 16th September

 

This is a challenging set of opening fixtures for the Foxes, with an opening fixture against Arsenal a very tough assignment.

Their next four fixtures are tough, facing two of the top six sides in England in successive weeks.

The matches against Brighton and Huddersfield will provide Leicester with welcome relief and a chance to put points on the board.

Leicester registered 12 wins during their last campaign ending the season with 44 points, just two points off a top ten finish, which would have been a remarkable finish.

This season was a huge disappointment on the 2015/16 campaign, where they won 23 matches and registered 81 points, finishing as Premier League Champions.

It was the greatest moment in the clubs history and a very tough act to follow.

Cup Football

As well as consolidating their position in the Premier League, Leicester should be looking for a successful cup run as well.

They lost out to fellow Premier League side Chelsea in last years EFL Cup, losing 4-2 in a thrilling cup tie.

Leicester did manage to reach the FA Cup fifth round, when they were dumped out by Millwall.

They also enjoyed a fine Champions League campaign, reaching the Quarter-Finals but losing to Atletico Madrid.

This may be a way for the Foxes to move forward and add a second trophy to the cabinet in three years.

Transfer Activity

Leicester’s main aim will be to add some quality to their ranks that will allow them to move back up the table.

They struggled to reproduce the form at either end of the pitch and they will need to sign players that will improve them.

So far they have sold one keeper and signed another, with Zieler moving to Stuttgart and Jakupovic signed from Hull.

The Foxes have also signed Harry Maguire, who had an excellent season with Hull despite going down.

Their main aim will be to hang onto their star players, with speculation again surrounding Riyad Mahrez.

 

Transfers In: Vicente Iborra (Sevilla), Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) and Harry Maguire (Hull City).

Transfers Out: Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart).

One To Watch

Jamie Vardy is the one to watch for Leicester this season.

The England forward will have a huge year, especially with the World Cup just around the corner.

Vardy had a mixed season last year, with the forward perfectly highlighting Leicester’s fall from grace.

If they are to rediscover their form then Vardy will be key, the forward’s goals proved crucial in their title winning season.

Betting Tips

To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 250/1

A Top Ten Finish @ 4/5

To win the Carabao Cup 17/18 @ 25/1

To win the FA Cup 17/18 @ 28/1