Having just completed the busy festive period in the Premier League with a 2-1 away win to Newcastle we thought as we are just about half way through the 2020/21 Premier League season it would be a great time to review what has happened so far and make some predictions for the rest of the season.
It is safe to say that most Leicester City fans will be satisfied, at least, with the performance and results so far in this very strange football season. Currently the club sit 3rd in the Premier League with 32 points, just 1 point behind leaders Liverpool. Having won 10 games, only Manchester United have won as many, in the Premier League, drawing 2 and losing 5 matches, the season so far has certainly been pleasing.
The Europa League has also been no disappointment, although fans not being able to go to games could be classed as one. Leicester City topped their group with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. This secured a last 32 tie again Czech team Slavia Praha. You will probably find one or two fans a little disappointed that the club didn’t take the League Cup more serious as it could have brought some silverware, but it was a tough ask to compete on 3 fronts with full strength teams being always put out. You certainly can’t blame Brendan Rodgers for making it the lowest priority and do some squad rotation for the League Cup games.
Obviously to be 3rd in the Premier League there has been some great team performances, but also some players have really stood out as well. New signing Timothy Castange really hit the ground running and looked extremely impressive in his first few games before taking a minor injury and missing some games. Thankfully his return from injury also was accompanied with the same great form he played with at the start of the season. Probably one of the most pleasing sights was seeing young Wesley Fofana really make his mark on the team. Having signed from Saint-Ettiene in October it was thought he would be a player for the future and strengthen the squad offering cover for Evans and Soyuncu. With Soyuncu picking up an injury Fofana has been thrown into the team ever since and has looked a quality signing. He has really stepped up to the mark impressing many Leicester City fans and pundits alike, many Leicester fans thinking the club has unearthed a real gem for the future.
Obviously we can’t mention players without mentioning Jamie Vardy. He’s showing no signs of slowing down, no signs of getting older, and no signs of losing his touch. He has had another amazing season so far scoring 11 goals in the Premier League and 2 in the Europa League. Unfortunately for other Premier League defenders Vardy has shown no signs of slowing down at all this season, and is sure to give them a torrid time when they come up against him.
So what does the rest of the season have in store for Leicester City? The next game they have is the FA Cup 3rd Round game at Stoke City. With the packed fixture list this season it would be a bit of a surprise if Leicester went all out to win this competition and you will probably see some squad players taking more of a role in Stoke game, and anymore if they get past that hurdle. Unfortunately for some fans, after all Leicester still have never won the FA Cup, we can’t see much of a run going on in this seasons FA Cup, resting players will take priority.
As for the Premier League and Europa League, these will take top priority. Obviously as a club, Leicester will be trying to win both competitions and a few people are starting to just ask the question, ‘Can they’?
The Premier League will be one big ask, but they have done it before in the amazing 2015-16 season. The bookies don’t seem to hold out much hope, you can still get 40/1 with Bet365 and a string of other bookmakers if you fancy a little flutter on them winning the league. Progress from last year though would be a top 4 finish and Champions League football and the club would probably accept that as an acceptable outcome. Many of the online bookies are offering 3/1 still for that so that could be a nice little bet there. It is worth saying we recommend visiting Online-Bookies.org.uk if you are betting to see if you can claim some free bets, but also read the reviews of all the best bookmakers. This Bet365 review should give you the information required to see if they’d be the right bookie for you if you do fancy placing the above bets.
So, can Leicester City win the Europa League? Well of course they can. There are some really good teams left in it such as Manchester United, Spurs, Ajax, AC Milan, just to name a few, but Leicester City would think on their day they could beat all of those teams and putting in a good account of themselves. Who knows what could happen, with some luck, a few good draws and great performances you certainly can’t rule out Leicester winning the Europa League. Most of the bookies have them about 5th favourites and you can get 15/1 with Sporting Index. Maybe worth a bet?
Another point of interest with the club at the moment is the fact the transfer window has now reopened. Will we see much action though? Probably not. Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani both have failed to start a Premier League game this season, in fact both players have hardly featured in any squads this season and with both players out of contract at the end of the season, they both could move on this transfer window. There are also rumours tough tackling Hamza Choudary may leave and has been “offered” to clubs but we don’t think you’ll see him leave with such a packed fixture list this season, unless on a loan deal somewhere to get more games. As for transfers in, there are very little rumours on that front at the moment, but expect that to change over the next few weeks and look forward to another exciting few months following Leicester City.