Leicester City 2018/19
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. 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.
Leicester City squad 2018/19
Goalkeepers: Kaspar Schmeichel, Danny Ward, Eldin Jakupovic
Defenders: Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chillwell, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Aleksandar Dragovic, Danny Simpson, Darnell Johnson, Josh Knight, Christian Fuchs
Midfielders: James Maddison, Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Adrien Silva, Daniel Armartey, Vicente Iborra, Demarai Gray, Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi, George Thomas, Fousseni Diabate, Matt James, Hamza Choudhury, Sam Hughes, Rachid Ghezzal
Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani, Shinji Okazaki, Leonardo Ulloa, Josh Gordon
Leicester City 2018/19 predictions
Leicester City have been a very curious case since they shocked the sporting world by winning the Premier League title in 2015/16, but after two seasons in midtable, normality appears to have resumed at the King Power Stadium. Claude Puel is far from a stylish coach; but he is effective having worked his magic at both the Foxes and Southampton in the past two years. This is his first full season with Leicester, and he must do more to keep the fans onside after they strayed a little after a bright start last term.
Most interesting with Leicester is how they adapt to life without Riyad Mahrez, who was sold to Manchester City earlier this summer. Jamie Vardy will need to adapt to life without his partner in crime, but the signing of James Maddison from Norwich should help fill the void left by the Algerian international. Keeping Harry Maguire will be vital this season, and they have strengthened quietly and efficiently. They should be in for a good season and our betting tip is they will finish in the top half this season. They will look at Burnley, who qualified for Europe, as inspiration.
Leicester City 2018/19 best offers
Top half finish @ evens with Coral
Claude Puel sacked first @ 9/2
Jamie Vardy top scorer @ 40/1