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Premier League - Football: Leicester City season preview

22 August 2022 10:32:45 EST
Brendan Rodgers will look for a response from Leicester this season

After twice finishing in fifth place, Leicester's campaign last year saw them come home an underwhelming eighth and Brendan Rodgers' main aim will be to get them competing for European football once more.

The Foxes, winners of the Premier League only six years ago, never found the consistency to compete, while a host of injury problems throughout the year also scuppered their hopes.

This season, they will not have the added pressure of Europan football which should serve their squad better, and the aim will be at least the top seven to try and qualify for the Europa Conference League.

Leicester still have plenty of quality in their squad and they can be backed at 51.00 to finish in the top six.

What

England Premier League 2022/23

Where

England

When5th August 2022 - 28th May 2023
How to watch

Selected matches broadcast on Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime

OddsManchester City 1.20, Liverpool 13.00, Tottenham 34.00, Chelsea 34.00, Manchester United 101.00

Where did Leicester City finish last season?

8th

What are Leicester City's hopes for this season?

Leicester are an established top-half side and Rodgers will be aiming to get them back into European football as well as potentially guiding them towards another cup success after their FA Cup triumph in 2021.

The Foxes finished eighth last term but never really looked like getting into the European places, with a run of three wins and draw in the last four games saw them jump up the standings.

Most of the season was spent in mid-table with a run of just three wins in 14 Premier League matches keeping them stuck down in mid-table and at points, there were questions being asked of Rodgers.

However, they ended the season well and if their key players can stay fit, there is no reason why they can't get back to where they were when fighting for the Champions League.

Goalscoring has never been an issue but holding onto leads was their Achilles heel - sort that and Leicester are a shoo-in for the top half and maybe more.

Who are Leicester City's opening opponents?

Leicester face Brentford at the King Power Stadium on Sunday 7th August.

Both fixtures were won by Leicester last season by the same scoreline of 2-1 with James Maddison scoring in each game though they will have to have their wits about them against a Brentford side who now have a year of Premier League experience under their belts.

Leicester can be backed at 1.90 to win, with Brentford 3.80 and a draw priced at 3.75.

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What are Leicester City's key fixtures?

After Brentford, Leicester are away at Arsenal before facing Southampton at home. Chelsea away and Manchester United at home next up means they are in for a potentially very tricky opening month of the campaign.

Their last fixture before the World Cup break comes away at West Ham before they are welcomed back with a home game against Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Last up on 28th May is a home match against West Ham - a fixture which could potentially have implications on European placings if both clubs' seasons go to plan.

Who is Leicester City's manager?

Rodgers is one of the most familiar managerial faces in the top flight and he has been with Leicester now for three-and-a-half years after leaving Celtic in February 2019 to take over from Claude Puel.

He is well known for his attacking, front-foot manner of football and for his teams being entertaining and easy on the eye.

However, the former Liverpool manager has always been questioned about his side's lack of real defensive steel when needed.

Despite those reservations, there is no doubting the credentials of the 49-year-old Northern Irishman to succeed.

Which players have Leicester City signed?

None

Which players have left Leicester City?

Eldin Jakupovic (Released)
Vontae Daley-Campbell (Released)
Callum Hulme (Released)
Will Russ (Released)
Tyrese Shade (Released)
Jacob Wakeling (Released)
Khanya Leshabela (Crewe Alexandra)
Ben Nelson (Rochdale) Loan
Kasper Schmeichel (Nice)
Hamza Choudhury (Watford) Loan

Who are Leicester City's key players?

Star playerJamie Vardy
Potential top scorerJamie Vardy
Set-piece kingJames Maddison
Exciting youngsterKiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Even though he is 35, so much of what Leicester do is still channelled through Jamie Vardy and his relentless style means he can still go on at the top at an age when most players are thinking of retirement.

Injuries kept him out for periods last season but he still managed to score 15 goals in 25 Premier League appearances and although he won't be able to play every minute of every game, he will still be a vital asset - the title winner is priced at 501.00 for top scorer.

Behind Vardy are some excellent playmakers. Maddison was excellent last season, netting 18 times across all competitions, while Belgium international Youri Tielemans had another good campaign and continues to be linked with a move away.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall broke into the Foxes side last season and became a mainstay under Rodgers, earning himself a new five-year deal in the process.

At the other end of the field, Kasper Schmeichel remains as solid and dependable as ever, while Wesley Fofana will be back for a full season after a leg break kept him out for large chunks of last term.

Which of Leicester City's players will be going to World Cup?

Belgian duo Tielemans and Timothy Castagne are likely to be in Qatar over the winter, as is Schmeichel for Denmark, while Jannik Vestergaard will be in the mix too despite not playing much for the King Power Stadium outfit.

The Foxes' second-choice keeper Danny Ward will be going with Wales, while Ricardo Pereira and Daniel Amartey are set to travel with Portugal and Ghana, respectively.

Maddison, James Justin, and Harvey Barnes have all won England caps under Gareth Southgate, but have work to do to force their way back into the picture.

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