How Leicester City fared last season
15 league losses, a change of manager but ultimately a successful season in the end.
The Foxes got off to a wretched start, winning only 1 of their opening 8 games, form that cost Craig Shakespeare his job.
He was replaced by Claude Puel and Leicester’s form picked up and they didn’t drop out of the top half from the 28th of November until the season’s end.
Leicester City’s best form was in the middle of the season but they were absolutely terrible from April onwards.
They lost 5 of their last 7 only winning once, including a 5-0 hammering at Selhurst Park, form that led to many Leicester fans calling for change.
Nevertheless, owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has stuck with Puel who’ll be looking forward to his first full season in charge at the King Power.
Leicester are three-time League Cup winners and last season they gave both cup competitions a good go.
They got to the last 8 in both, losing in extra time to Chelsea in the FA Cup and on penalties to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
Can the 2016 Premier League champions add some silverware this season?
What’s changed at Leicester City this summer
The biggest change that has happened at the King Power Stadium is of course the departure of Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian playmaker won PFA player of the year the season they won the title and has been instrumental in all their success since joining in 2014.
Mahrez leaves a huge void which they’ve attempted to fill by signing James Maddison from Norwich and it’ll be interesting to see if he can replicate some of his Championship form in the Premier League.
Leicester City have also strengthened at the back by bringing in Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira to try and address the fact they conceded 66 goals in all competitions last season.
Mahrez may have left but there are other prized assets they need to keep hold of. After excelling at the World Cup, both Kasper Schmeichel and Harry Maguire have been linked with moves away and keeping them will be key.
If both stay, don’t expect too much transfer activity between now and the end of the window at Leicester.
|Jonny Evans.||Centre back.||West Bromwich Albion.||£3.5 million.|
|Ricardo Pereira.||Right back.||FC Porto.||£22.5 million.|
|James Maddison.||Attacking Midfielder.||Norwich City.||£25 million.|
|Danny Ward.||Goalkeeper.||Liverpool.||£10 million.|
|Ben Hamer.||Goalkeeper.||Huddersfield Town.||Free.|
|Robert Huth.||Centre back.||Free agent.||Free.|
|Riyad Mahrez.||Right winger.||Manchester City||£60 million.|
Leicester City predictions for 2018/2019
After finishing 9th last season Leicester City will be hoping for another top 10 finish and are 10/11 to do so.
In 2017 they enjoyed a run to the Champions League quarter finals and are 33/1 to bring Champions League football back to the King Power. They are also 15/2 to qualify for next season’s Europa League.
It would be a massive shock but Puel’s team are only 12/1 to be relegated.
They are also 25/1 to win the FA Cup or League Cup which would be an amazing achievement for Leicester.
Leicester City’s potential starting XI and squad depth
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.