Why have Leicester City got off to such a good start this season?

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After Manchester City’s shock 2-1 home defeat to West Ham, there remains just one undefeated team in the Premier League during season 2015/2016.

We may only be six games into the campaign, but Leicester City are surprisingly the only side not to have lost so far this season.

Claudio Ranieri’s side started the season off with a bang, securing wins against Sunderland and West Ham.

This was followed by creditable draws with Spurs and Bournemouth followed by two fine comebacks, to beat Aston Villa at home and draw with Stoke City.

Bigger tests undoubtedly remain – e.g. the visit of Arsenal next Saturday and Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all come to the King Power Stadium in the final weeks of 2015.

From fighting relegation last season, Leicester look set for a battle to reach a European place in the latter half of 2015/2016 which is some turnaround.

Below we try to explain just why Leicester should be included on your Matchbook bets and could well secure you plenty of money in the coming months.

Leicester City currently have serious momentum and this was undoubtedly engendered by Nigel Pearson in the latter half of the 2014/2015 season.

The Foxes looked dead and buried by the turn of the calendar year but were still playing well in games, just not picking up the necessary points.

This all turned in the final weeks and despite some of Pearson’s bizarre behaviour, including the famous Ostrich rant, the Leicester squad seriously pulled together to beat the drop.

Leicester have lost just once since April and that was to a Chelsea side cantering to the Premier League title.

Much of the side currently playing so well emerged under Pearson and Ranieri has done well to ensure a smooth progression, despite his moniker as the “Tinker Man”.

The undoubted star is Riyad Mahrez – currently the top scoring player in the Fantasy Premier League game and an attacking midfielder who has made experienced defenders look like amateurs this season.

Linked with Barcelona in recent weeks, Mahrez showed glimpses of his promise for both Leicester and the Algerian national team but this has been seriously impressive.

But it hasn’t only been about Mahrez. Jamie Vardy has ignored off-the-field problems and utilised his great pace to effect.

In goal and at the back the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan and Jeffrey Schlupp have showed their qualities and new signings Gokhan Inler and Shinji Okazaki have also settled in well.

With no European distractions and a momentum that you feel could continue, Leicester have a real chance to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.

They are also much more well liked this season as a result of appointing a genial Italian in Ranieri rather than an angry Englishman in Nigel Pearson.

Leicester fans may be rubbing their eyes in disbelief but an undefeated run could well be on the cards if The Foxes continue to play with the determination and ambition that has been a staple of their place since the start of 2015.


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