Can Foxes bounce back after slow season start?

Date published: Wednesday 14th September 2016 9:03

The last year and a half have been nothing short of spectacular for the Leicester City Foxes, who have made what could easily be called the greatest sporting upset of all time by winning the 2015/16 Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, ending the long era of rich clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea winning the title.

The upset caused great rage among the fans of these big clubs, who were left wondering how a minor side like Leicester could win the Premier League ahead of their teams who spend hundreds of millions on reinforcements and player development. For the likes of United and City, this meant more money should be spent on bringing in brand new reinforcements and making their squads even more powerful.

The media and the bookmakers clearly didn’t take Leicester City too seriously following their astonishing campaign last year, as once more Leicester were dubbed underdogs to even come top 4 this season, despite being the reigning champions.

Slow Start To The Season

It was rumored that Leicester would lose the majority of their playing squad to the bigger and richer clubs during the summer transfer window, but as the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy signed new contracts with the club, the only significant player who left the club was N’Golo Kante, whose influence in midfield had been immense last season.

With the squad remaining for the most part intact, the fans had hoped their team could continue their amazing form and possibly repeat at least some of last season’s success. As the season started, Leicester’s first opponent was Hull, who managed to snatch the three points from the champions in a home match.

Leicester City managed to hold back Arsenal to a goalless draw at their King Power Stadium and beat Swansea, but the away match to Liverpool saw them suffer a difficult 4-1 defeat. This kind of form was not what the fans had hoped for, but the season is still young and there is plenty of time for Leicester to recover. The real question is, can they?

The Awakening of The Giants

Many have said that the main reason for Leicester’s success last season was the poor form of title favorites such as Chelsea and Manchester City. This was of course true in part as these teams put in performances that were far below what is expected of them.

Each of the big English teams brought in major reinforcements for the new season during the summer transfer period, with both new players and managers being brought in to reinforce their teams. With the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho now coaching the Manchester teams, there is no doubt the competition will be much more fierce.

The likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have also been looking much stronger than last season so far, and Leicester already fell victim to the reinvigorated Liverpool team. Can Rainieri’s boys come back from this and make a run for the Champions League spots this season, remains to be seen.

Champions League Debut

For the first time in their history, the Foxes have made it into Europe’s most elite competition, the Champions League. Many have talked about Leicester’s chances in the Champions League this year, with numerous media claiming they have little chance to advance from the group stages.

The Foxes went into their Champions League campaign clearly eager to shut some mouths, winning their debut in the competition 3:0 against Club Brugge in Belgium, with Leicester’s best player Riyad Mahrez scoring two of the three goals.

The Bookmaker Odds

Oftentimes if you want to get a clear picture of a club’s chances to complete any achievement, you will take a look at what the bookies have to say. In the case of Leicester City’s season, the bookies currently have them at 125/1 to defend their title, 50/1 to win the Champions League but just 53/100 to win the CL group, following the away trashing of Club Brugge.

Can Leicester City perhaps make an upset in the Champions League this season, even if the competition in the Premier League does prove to be too stiff? Do you think they have a good chance of making it to the top four places in the Premier League? Make sure to check out for a detailed review of all the odds and predictions the bookies have for Leicester’s and other teams’ Premier League and Champions League seasons and let us know your own predictions.

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