Leicester City

Leicester City

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Robert Huth scored in Leicester's comeback from 2-0 down to lead the Foxes to a 3-2 win against Birmingham City.

Leicester looked good in the second half of the friendly and deservedly scored three goals in the comeback. Huth was one of their best players down the stretch last season and he seems to be going into this year with the same form. The other two Leicester goals came from Shinji Okazaki and Danny Drinkwater, who are both competing for a starting spots this season.
Source: LCFC
Aug 2 - 11:55 AM

Riyad Mahrez notched his second goal of preseason as Leicester City defeated Rotherham United 1-2.

Claudio Ranieri unsurprisingly named a completely different side than the one that defeated Burton Albion only yesterday, with Mahrez looking noticeably sharp along with Jeffrey Schlupp and David Nugent, the latter of whom scored the other goal for the Foxes. Ranieri has a plethora of option in attack and may opt for a rotation at several positions but it looks like Mahrez should see the most time of the wide midfielders on the roster. Schlupp isn't getting classified as a defender in some formats anymore but has the chance of being a fantasy asset regardless and Nugent, despite scoring today, is still behind Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaka, Andrej Kramaric and Leo Ulloa in the battle for minutes at forward.

Claudio Ranieri played his starting XI the full 90 minutes today against Burton Albion in what looked like his best side.

Ranieri started Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Chilwell, Albrighton, King, Hammond, Fuchs, Okazaki, Kramaric, and Vardy. His team played well and were able to beat Burton Albion 2-1 with two goals from Jamie Vardy. Andrej Kramaric and Andy King both hit the woodwork in the first half and Kramaric was especially impressive today. If this does indeed become Leicester's starting lineup, Vardy and Okazaki would have the biggest fantasy values from the Foxes, with Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Albrighton, and Kramaric making up tier two. We should also expect Wes Morgan to replace Ben Chilwell in the starting lineup once he gets fit after participating in the Gold Cup.

Wes Morgan and his home country, Jamaica, were disappointed in the Gold Cup Final with a 3-1 loss to Mexico.

The match started in an extremely high pace but Mexico slowly gained control and dominated Jamaica. They opened up the scoring with Andres Guardado in the 31st minute, doubled their advantage just after half-time, and were comfortably leading 3-0 by the 61st minute. Jamaica pulled one back through Darren Mattocks but it wasn't enough as they had to settle for the silver medal. Mexico wins this tournament with an asterisk next to their name after a series of controversial calls got them through the quarter and semi-finals.
Source: ESPN FC
Jul 26 - 11:27 PM

David Nugent scored Leicester City's only goal in their 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town.

Leicester continued their pre-season preparations in a high energy match against League 2 side Mansfield Town. Nugent scored a spectacular goal on the 10 minute mark that saw Leicester take control early. Midway through the half, Matt Green equalized from the penalty spot. 10 different players received at least 60 minutes for Leicester, who are getting back into game-shape. It's important to note the Foxes started in a 3-5-2 formation that saw Nugent behind Okazaki and Kramaric, with Leo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy coming off the bench. We'll have a better idea of Leicester's starting lineup for week one after a few more friendlies.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is feeling sharp ahead of the new season.

Schmeichel missed some time last season through injury but returned late on to help his team avoid relegation. He says he is feeling great after he has spent some time with his home country - Denmark - during the summer. The Foxes number one stopper played 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Lincoln City on Tuesday and is likely to lead Leicester as the number one goalkeeper heading into week one. He is a decent fantasy choice when Leicester are playing a lesser team, which is not often, so he should be avoided most weeks.
Jul 24 - 7:55 PM

Leicester City have introduced new signing Shinji Okazaki at King Power Stadium.

Okazaki is Leicester's newest signing and one that brought a number of Japanese media to the press conference. The Premier League is growing quickly in Japan and the striker spoke of his excitement to represent his country in the world's biggest league. The 29-year-old striker has 43 goals in 93 appearances for Japan as well as 27 goals in 65 appearances for FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. The striker comes to Leicester for a fee of around £7m and will be expected to partner Jamie Vardy up front. His 1.8 shots per game and 2.4 fouls drawn per game will be great in fantasy formats that award points for those stats. Use him in the right format.
Jul 24 - 7:44 PM

Leicester City have lost Esteban Cambiasso in free agency after the player has told the club he will not return for another season.

Cambiasso played a big part in Leicester's strong run at the end of the last season that secured their place in the Premier League this year, but he will not be there this time around. Leicester were hoping the hiring of Claudio Raneiri, who has prior experience with Cambiasso, will persuade the Argentinian to stay, but the player has told the club he will leave just days after Raneiri's arrival. It's unknown if Cambiasso will stay in the Premier League, but he will not be a good fantasy option at age 35. He was visibly slowing down last season and is dealign with a number of injuries that prevent him from playing at 100 percent.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 24 - 7:35 PM

Claudio Ranieri started his Leicester City tenure with a 3-1 win over Lincoln City.

The new Leicester boss started on a positive signs although it's hard to judge him off of one pre-season game against a much lesser squad. Riyah Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, and Andrej Kramaric scored for the Foxes, who gave playing time to new signing Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki. Both Fuchs and Okazaki are bound to be getting playing time this season and could be interesting fantasy options, especially Okazaki, who had 12 goals and 3 assists in 32 Bundesliga matches last season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 22 - 1:42 PM

Leicester City have formally announced the appointment of former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri to replace Nigel Pearson as manager of the Foxes.

It's hard to see the logic in hiring a manager who conspired to oversee former European Champions Greece losing a Euro2016 qualifying match to the Faroe Islands. Ranieri's last real sniffs of success came at Roma in the 2011-2012 season when he nearly captured a Scudetto only to finish second to Mourinho's Inter Milan. Ranieri also got Monaco promoted in 2012-13 and saw them rise to a second place finish in Ligue 1 the following year but given their money it's hard to give him too much credit there. Ranieri is certainly a more stable choice than was Nigel Pearson and is unlikely to create any waves but it also feels like an uninspiring retread sort of hire for a club looking to make real strides.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 14 - 3:01 PM

Bookmakers SkyBet have slashed the odds of former US National Team player Preki taking over as Leicester City manager from 33/1 to 3/1 after he quit his job in Sacramento with the club announcing he was leaving "for a job in the UK".

It isn't often, or ever, that you see a Premier League team pluck a manager from the third tier of American professional soccer where Preki has managed until today. If the oddsmakers are to be believed that is what you'll see shortly. Preki last managed in the MLS in the 2009-2010 season with Toronto FC and has only marginal ties to the UK where he played for Everton for two seasons and Portsmouth for one in the early-to-mid-90s. The move would certainly be a controversial one for the Foxes if it happens.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 8 - 4:46 PM

Leicester City bolstered their defensive unit by working out a transfer for FC Schalke left back Christian Fuchs.

Fuchs was released by Schalke so the Foxes get him without a transfer fee. At 29 years old, he has an impressive resume, capped 66 times by the Austrian national team along with 99 appearances in league play over the past four seasons. Jeffrey Schlupp, the exciting young star for the Foxes, has been developed as a left back but will likely be pushed further up the pitch to accommodate Fuchs, which may be in everyone's best interest as Schlupp looks better served as an attacking-minded player. With Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Kasper Schmeichel all resuming their roles, Leicester should have a fairly good defense next season.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 4 - 3:49 PM

Nigel Pearson's abrupt exit from Leicester City yesterday was apparently due, at least in part, to fall out from the incident his son was involved in on the Foxes trip to Thailand.

Pearson's son and two other players were released from the club after an embarrassing video surfaced featuring the three players and a Thai prostitute. Pearson's relationship with the club had been tenuous with the Chairman sacking him in February only to see him reinstated hours later. It seemed all was forgiven after Pearson led a miraculous charge back up the table in the dying weeks of the season and secured an additional season of Premier League football. Apparently, the incident involving Pearson's son and whatever disagreements it raised between the Board and the manager were enough to send the senior Mr. Pearson packing along with his son.
Jul 1 - 4:32 PM

Leicester City have cut ties with the three players involved in the incident in Thailand.

Tom Hopper, Adam Smith, and James Pearson have all been sacked after an internal investigation by the club proved them guilty. The three players were involved with a Thai woman a few weeks ago and had been filmed making racist remarks towards the woman. There is very little chance any of the three players will be in the Premier League again.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 12:48 PM

Leicester City have signed Stoke defender Robert Huth for a fee in the region of £3m.

Huth was on loan at Leicester last season and played close to 1200 minutes in 14 matches. He had a goal on record and played some solid defense at times during the season, although his performance is certainly not exceptional and won't help Leicester get into the top 10 in the league. If the price is indeed around £3m, that's a good signing for Leicester for a player who should be a backup but can start if needed.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 24 - 10:16 AM


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