Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy start …

Updated: August 13, 2016

Leicester City start their Premier league defence in the early kick off today away to top flight new boys Hull City with their two men fit and raring to go.

Their starting line-up is:

Schmeichel, Simpson, Hernández, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Gray, Musa, Vardy

Meanwhile the home side start with:

Jakupović, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Huddlestone, Meyler, Snodgrass, Clucas; Hernández, Diomandé

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.

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