The Great Escape was finally secured last weekend at Sunderland as Leicester City got the point they needed to ensure Premier League football next season and for Foxes fans going into the last game with their safety secure is more than most fans could wish for at the end of March when all was seemingly lost as they looked to be cast adrift of safety.
There is certainly going to be a party atmosphere down at the King Power Stadium this Sunday as the club finish their campaign and will hope to sign off the season in style and keep the same momentum going into next season.
With QPR already relegated, there is nothing to play for and it is likely both sides will want to put on a performance for their fans and we could see an exciting attacking game. Foxes manager Nigel Pearson is likely to keep faith with the majority of his side that have played their part in recent months but we could see a couple of youngsters come into the squad for experience and get some game time on Sunday.
One of those that is likely to get some action is the Under-21 Player of the Year Harry Panayiotou who has had an impressive season for Steve Beaglehole’s youth side including scoring 11 goals in his last 13 appearances. Already an international for the Caribbean island of St Kitts and Nevis, the striker will be hoping to get a chance to stake a claim for a place amongst the squad next season.
Sunday could also see the last game for some of the club’s players who are out of contract with defender Robert Huth’s loan spell ending. However Stoke City look set to allow the German to leave the club in the summer with Leicester reportedly keen to snap up the experienced Premier League campaigner.
Player of the Year Esteban Cambiasso is also out of contract in the summer but the Foxes are likely to be pulling out all the stops behind the scenes to secure the Argentine on a longer deal.
We are likely to see Anthony Knockaert, Matt Upson and Paul Konchesky leave the club in the summer and all could make an appearance on Sunday as the Foxes fans will wish them the best. It remains to be seen what will happen over the contract status of both Marcin Wasilewski and Dean Hammond who have both played their part in the Foxes survival this season.
Whatever has happened this season, there is no doubt Foxes boss Pearson should bottle the positive feeling around the club over the last 6 weeks and use that for motivation going into next season. Pearson’s use of wingers Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez has played a major part in the attacking play that has seen the club survive and we are looking to see that repeated on Sunday ad build that momentum going into next season.
QPR go into the game with nothing to play for after relegation back down to the Championship next season but with Head Coach Chris Ramsey, recently awarded a contract to manage them next season, he will have a large portion of his squad playing for places next season and with an ageing side, his players will be wanting to impress and earn themselves a chance to take QPR back up at the first attempt.
With the positivity around the club we expect Leicester to give their fans the perfect send off over the summer break with a 3-1 victory with goals from Leo Ulloa (2) and Jamie Vardy adding a third and starting the party.