No N’Golo Kante but with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy anything is possible!
Leicester City start their Premier league defence in the early kick off today away to top flight new boys Hull City.
Twelve months ago the Foxes started the season as the favourites to get relegated but instead they shocked the football world by going on to win the title.
Last August saw them get off to a great start with a 4-2 win at home to Sunderland followed by a 2-1 victory at Upton Park against West Ham and a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
In those first three games the excellent Riyad Mahrez scored four times and immediately became someone to watch.
The Algerian finished the season with 18 club goals – one of his personal highlights was his hat-trick away to Swansea.
Some other key goals came in the 2-1 win over the 2014/15 Premier League winners Chelsea and he also got on the scoresheet during his teams 3-1 win at Manchester City.
It was some turnaround from his first full season where he only found the back of the net four times – mind you one of those was the winner in the 1-0 victory over Hull during the festive period.
The other main man who made all the headlines was Jamie Vardy who scored in last weekend’s Charity Shield defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
The ex-Halifax and Fleetwood striker scored 24 goals and managed to get himself into the England squad for Euro 2016.
In an impressive goalscoring run Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record when he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
One big loss to the Champions is N’Golo Kante – The French midfield player rejected Leicester’s offer of a new contract and moved to Chelsea for £32 million.
This was some excellent business considering he only signed from Caen 12 months earlier for just £5.6 million.
After making the move the Frenchman said: “My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player.”
The Foxes have brought in some new blood including Nampalys Mendy who joined from Nice for £13 million – he actually played under Claudio Ranieri at Monaco when he managed to win French international caps at youth, U20 and U21 levels.
Ranieri does not expect to his team to repeat last year’s success – he actually stated: “It’s easier for ET to come to Piccadilly Circus, it is impossible. It is more difficult than last season. It is normal that we can’t win the league.
“I am very curious, all the world is curious, what will happen with Leicester. I am very curious to see where we finish.”
They are between 25s and 33s to win the league which is some difference from last season’s 5000-1. The bookies seem to have learned their lesson with the highest odds being offered on teams winning the title this season are 1500-1.
As the Foxes proved last year nothing is impossible and there is always the chance that they they could do it again if they can keep hold of the potent pair of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy!
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