Leicester City, known as the Foxes, are a Premier League football club based in the East Midlands. They were formed in 1884 and play in all blue strips. The King Power Stadium is their home ground and has been since 2002, when Leicester moved there originally. Back then it was called the Walkers Stadium as per the club’s sponsors at the time and it holds just over 32,000 fans. Before that, Leicester played their matches at Filbert Street.
Thai company King Power have been the owners of the club since 2010 when they bought it from Milan Mandaric, but tragedy struck the club last season when owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash after a match. Leicester achieved arguably the biggest underdog success story in 2015/16 when they won the Premier League title. It was a reported 5000/1 shot before the campaign but Claudio Ranieri inspired them before being sacked nine months later with the club battling relegation, in part due to their exertions in the Champions League. They had never won the top league before, though they did finish as runner up in the old First Division back in the 1928-29 campaign. They have never won the FA Cup, losing no fewer than four finals, and they have two League Cup wins to their name, in 1964, 1997 and 2000.
England legend Gary Lineker is arguably Leicester’s most famous. He scored 95 goals in 194 league games between 1978 and 1985 before leaving to join Everton. He was his most prolific at Tottenham, where he went after a spell at Barcelona. Martin O’Neill led them to Cup success at the turn of the century, while their title winners will also go down in club folklore too. Arthur Chandler, who scored 273 goals in 419 games between 1923 and 1935, is the club’s all time top goalscorer, while Graham Cross, a former midfielder, is their appearance record holder with 599 between 1961 and 1975.
Goalkeepers: Kaspar Schmeichel, Danny Ward, Eldin Jakupovic
Defenders: Wes Morgan, Ben Chillwell, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Filip Benkovic, Caglar Söyüncü
Midfielders: James Maddison, Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans, Daniel Armartey, Demarai Gray, Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi, George Thomas, Matt James, Hamza Choudhury, Sam Hughes, Rachid Ghezzal, Adrien Silva
Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani, Shinji Okazaki, Ayoze Perez.
Leicester are the team everyone has their eye on this year, and the side most likely to gatecrash the top six if anyone does. The Foxes, under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers in his first full season, have strengthened well with the signings of Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez. They have great depth in their squad and a real philosophy led by Rodgers; while the heights it 2015/16 may never be reached, that doesn’t mean there aren’t exciting times ahead. Pace, power and aggression are still the hallmarks of their side despite Rodgers altering the focus from counter attack to possession. Everything points to a fantastic campaign at the King Power Stadium.
Top half finish @ 4/9 with Coral
Top six finish @ 7/2
Jamie Vardy top scorer @ 17/1