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Championship 2012/13 Preview: Leicester City

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Club: Leicester City

Last Season Position: 9th in the Championship

Recent History:

The club are hoping that the reappointed Nigel Pearson can be the man to take the Foxes back to the promised land of the Premiership, and there is no doubt that the club is willing to spend money in order to help him achieve this. Last season City fans weren't satisfied with Sven-Goran Eriksson's management of the side and he was replaced by Pearson last term after City found themselves hovering around the middle of the table.

Manger Profile:

Nigel Pearson is no stranger to the King Power dugouts, he led the side into the second tier and then the play-offs the following season in 2009-10, and it's hoped he can achieve this feat once again. But he was the victim of the 'serial sacker' Milan Mandaric. He went on to join Hull City in 2010 and here he signed ten new faces, but things didn't work out as he had hoped and he found himself back at the Foxes in November 2011.

Summer Transfer Activity:

In
Jamie Vardy - Fleetwood Town
Matty James - Manchester United
Richie De Laet - Manchester United
Anthony Knockaert - EA Guingamp
Zak Whitbread - Norwich City
Marko Futcas - Portsmouth

Out
Lee Peltier - Leeds United
Steve Howard - Hartlepool United
Chris Weale - Shrewsbury Town
Matt Mills - Bolton
Sol Bamba - Tranbzonspor
Darius Vassel, Franck Moussa and John Pantsil - All released

Expected Line-Up, Formation and Tactics:

4-4-2

Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Koncheskey, Marshall, Danns, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Beckford, Nugent.

City seem solid at the back, with the ever improving youngster Schmeichel in-between the sticks. On the right, fellow youngster Ben Marshall on the right should be the one to watch this season, with both Danns and Drinkwater providing the creative spark in the middle, and exciting new signing Knockaert on the left. The front two would arguably walk into any front line in this division, and so if they can get their scoring boots on from the start, they could well propel the men form the Midlands up the table.

What the fans are saying:

Foxes fans are confident they have the right man at the helm, they're of the opinion that he has good experience at this level and that the club should be able to mount a serious challenge for promotion with the players at his disposal. The feeling amongst the King Power crowd is that if the defence is in order, something that was clearly a weakness last season, then the team should be able to have a successful season.

Main Forum: foxestalk.co.uk

Odds:
To win division: 7/1
To be relegated: 40/1

Verdict:

Top 6

It is clear that the side has quality, depth, and two strikers who are arguably too good for this level. That said, the main concern has to be the defensive side of their game, but if Pearson can get his troops in order at the back, then the Foxes could well be in with a chance of a play-off spot, and automatic promotion is by no means beyond them either.

Compiled by: @AlexAnder

How do you see Leicester doing this season ?

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