Leicester City Premier League Betting Preview
Leicester City Betting Odds
Relegation odds: 20/1 William Hill
Leicester City Top Goalscorer betting: To follow
Leicester City Betting Preview
Available at 5000/1 to win the Premier League title last season, Leicester City are not quite so attractively priced this term and they hold no appeal whatsoever at such short odds. Anyone anticipating a repeat performance has unrealistic expectations and is likely to be disappointed.
Having Champions League football on the agenda this season means that, even if Leicester were to avoid injuries to the same degree they did last term, they will still need to rotate their squad more. Yes, Claudio Ranieri has been active with player recruitment, but whilst the squad clearly needed bolstering with Europe in mind, it could potentially come at the cost of some of last season’s excellent team spirit in what was a relatively small tight-knit unit.
With a congested fixture list, backing the Foxes for a top four or top six finish also has little attraction. Lots of factors came together simultaneously for Leicester last season and for lightning to strike twice just doesn’t seem viable.
A bottom half finish at 3/1 does look worth a punt. A few early defeats could make it difficult for Leicester to regain last season’s momentum and things could start to unravel. The new recruits both this summer and back in January give Ranieri the strength in depth that should ensure there is no threat of relegation, but a mid-table finish looks a distinct possibility (and should be perfectly acceptable).
Leicester could have the ability to surprise in the Champions League, but reaching the knock-out stage is as far as they could probably go. As far as the domestic cup competitions are concerned, it would be a major surprise were Ranieri to make a serious attempt in the League Cup, while their approach to the FA Cup will depend on where they stand in the Premier League and Europe at the time.
- Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
- Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon)
- Nampalys Mendy (Nice)
- Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow)
- Dean Hammond (Sheffield United)
- Kyle Bailey (out of contract)
- Jack Barmby (out of contract)
- Jacob Blyth (Motherwell)
- Aaron Hassall (out of contract)
- Michael Kelly (out of contract)
- Keenan King (out of contract)
- Paul Konchesky (out of contract)
- Jonny Maddison (out of contract)
- Harry Panayiotou (out of contract)
- Mark Schwarzer (out of contract);
- Max Smith-Varnam (out of contract)
- Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)
- Ryan Watson (Barnet)
Leicester City’s record 2015-16
- Premier League – 1st
- FA Cup – 3rd round (Tottenham Hotspur)
- League Cup – 4th round (Hull City)
Leicester City fixtures 2016-17
The Premier League champions set the ball rolling in the 2016-17 season with a lunchtime kick-off at newly-promoted Hull City on Saturday 13th August. The following Saturday will see the Foxes playing host to last season’s runners-up, Arsenal. They finish the season on Sunday 21 May 2017 at home to Bournemouth.
Leicester City Betting Tips
As things stand, none of last season’s key players have jumped ship. N’Golo Kante seems the most likely departure and there has to be a fear that one departure could trigger others.
The new signings provide greater strength in depth and competition for places, but none really suggest that Leicester are yet ready to fully establish themselves as regular challengers for silverware.
Any additional recruitment might come down to players leaving first. Having rejected the chance to join Arsenal, Jamie Vardy looks set to stay at the King Power Stadium. Nampalys Mendy is widely seen as a potential replacement for Kante should he depart, but retaining Riyad Mahrez could be the most crucial business of the summer if they can do so.
The opening game of the season away to Hull City is dangerous, with Leicester now being a significant scalp themselves. It’s a match that could well set the tone for the rest of the Foxes season.
Leicester City Information
- Official club site: www.lcfc.com/
- Stadium: King Power Stadium
- Manager: Claudio Ranieri
- Club nickname: The Foxes
- Year formed: 1884
- Club owner: The Srivaddhanaprabha family
- Most League appearances: Adam Black (528)
- Most League Goals: Arthur Chandler (259)
Leicester City Club honours
Winners (1): 2015–16
Football League Championship
Winners (7): 1924–25, 1936–37, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1970–71, 1979–80, 2013–14
Football League One
Winners (1): 2008–09
Winners (3): 1963–64, 1996–97, 1999–2000
FA Charity Shield
Winners (1): 1971