|Betting tips for Leicester City|
|As we reach the middle of December, the 2016/17 season of Premier League football is almost halfway through and the busy Christmas period is beginning. It is starting to become clear which sides have the quality needed for a title challenge and predictions are beginning in earnest. However some fans like to bet on this as well, just to add further excitement, and one team that some will have bet on is Leicester City.
This is Leicester’s third season back in the Premier League and in their first year they spent most of the season battling relegation - as was expected - before a remarkable late surge saw them beat the odds and avoid the drop. Some were sceptical when they then sacked manager Nigel Pearson and replaced him with former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, but the 2015/16 season proved a fairytale for him and the club as they won the Premier League title for the first time in their history. This meant that expectations for the new season were pretty high among supporters, although the club did suffer the blow of losing excellent defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea. Otherwise they retained the majority of their key players - including goal scoring machine Jamie Vardy ? but the 2016/17 season is proving a lot tougher for the Foxes. Having started the season with just one win from four matches, it was apparent that teams had learned to neutralise their style of play ? which was perhaps to be expected. It was also anticipated that having to play midweek Champions League games would have an impact. Few pundits expected them to retain the title, but the extent of the decline has still been surprising.
With 14 games played in the season, Leicester currently sit in 16th position in the table, barely above the relegation places, and have managed a meagre three victories thus far. On the other hand, they qualified comfortably from their Champions League group - saving their best performances for these games ? but the wheels have now come off that bandwagon with a horror 0-5 defeat at Porto. At the moment, their 2016/17 campaign is looking unnervingly like what happened to Blackburn Rovers back in the 1990s, when they won the Premier League only to be relegated the next season. A big part of the problem is goal scoring, with Vardy unable to match last season’s heroics and Riyad Mahrez having managed only three goals ? all from the penalty spot. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet during the last two months, while big money summer signings like Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa have made little impact. They are out of contention for the title, reflected in odds of 1500/1.