Leicester City's EPL fixture list: Can the Foxes win the Premier League in 2016/17?
Leicester City do have a tough start to their Premier League title defence.
The Champions of the Premier League, Leicester City, will open their campaign in the upcoming season with a trip to newly-promoted Hull City. The Foxes surprised everyone last season as they rose to the top of the league and ensured a memorable win. Claudio Ranieri produced a master class when it came to team selection and tactics while the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez ensured that this Leicester team would be talking about for ages. Thanks to the league win. Leicester also will be participating in the UEFA Champions League and that will have a major role to play in their performance this season.
Currently, the Foxes have been handed a kind draw from the computers as they play all their games after a Champions League tie at home, something that should give them a chance of continuing their incredible form from last season.
There will be a lot of attention as to how the Foxes perform this season and the pressure will surely be on them to keep up the good work. We look ahead to an interesting Premier League campaign for the Leicester side and analyse their fixtures.
August - December
The Premier League champions start off with a relatively easy fixture against newly promoted Hull city. The Tigers though would like to announce their return to the top flight with a win and could certainly make life difficult for the Foxes.
The next two games sees the side host Arsenal and Swansea. The Gunners were able to get the better of Leicester in both games last season but coming at such an early stage of the season it could end up in a draw. Swansea though should be an easy three points for Ranieri’s men.
This month could be tough for the side as they would have a couple of Champions League group stage matches spread across. Leicester would also have to play Liverpool and Manchester United away from home, while Burnley is the only team they face at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes would actually do pretty well if they can get anything above six points from these three games as you never know what Liverpool and Manchester United could do.
The fixtures really have thrown Leicester City under the bus, especially when it comes to away games in the first half of the season. The Foxes start the month playing Southampton at home before travelling to face Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team at Stamford Bridge.
The next game sees the Premier League champions take on Crystal Palace at the King Power before facing another tough game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Anything greater than six points, again, would be a bonus for a side that clearly punched above their weight last season.
Leicester have only three games to play in this month and most of them should be winnable. The champions play West Bromwich Albion at home before a tough trip to Watford. The easiest game, on paper at least, would be the tie against newly promoted Middlesbrough.
Nine points should be the target for the team and anything less than that would be deemed a disappointment.
The toughest month for every Premier League side thanks to the plethora of league and cup games they have to face. Leicester will also have to deal with the same issue as they play six league games across the month, not including other cup games.
The fixtures have been a little kind this month as the Foxes only play one extremely strong side, on paper, against Manchester City. The other sides they have to face include Sunderland, Bournemouth, Stoke, Everton and West Ham.
The relatively tougher games against City, Everton and West Ham are being played at home, which should give confidence to the Foxes as they were tremendous in their own back yard. 12 points should be the target for the team but they could get more than that as well.