English Champions Leicester City will open their 2016/17 league campaign against the championship promoted club, Hull City. Leicester will look to write another chapter in their fairytale as they’ll take on the field for the first this season, whereas Steve Bruce’s men will firstly try to prove to all the Premier League clubs that they’re not here just to take part and bye-bye but this time they’re here stay and to do well.
Leicester City lost their first competitive game of the season in Community Shield against the Reds from Manchester.
Claudio Ranieri’s men also had a bumpy pre-season friendlies where they lost 3 of the 5 matches, against Paris St. Germain, Barcelona and Manchester United in Community Shield. Even though it’d be harsh on their part to judge them too much on these friendlies against such mighty oppositions, as they’ll take a look at where they still need to strengthen and what areas need brushing up.
Hull City have had a rather busier pre-season, playing 8 friendlies while they gear up for their first match and also to kick-start their new season. They had a pretty good pre season, winning almost every game of theirs other than just one loss against Torino FC.
Leicester City have signed 7 new players, notably Ahmed Musa, Nampalys Mendy, Yohan Benalouane and Andrej Kramaric, while they’ve held on to their star duo of Vardy-Mahrez. Losing N’Golo Kantè to Chelsea can be huge for them though. Albeit their new signing Nampalys Mendy is pretty much moulded in the same way as Kantè and is also good at passing, but it’ll be huge for him to settle in a new country with new team and in such a competitive league. Ahmed Musa looked a great addition to the City squad, and his goal against Barcelona was one piece of his ability and Claudio Ranieri will hope that he will perform well for them in the league too. They’ve also added solidarity to their defense with additions of Luis Hernandez on free transfer from Spanish side Sporting Gijon and signing of Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover 96. Leicester City mainly played with 4-4-2 formation last season. Vardy-Musa upfront as two centre forwards, Demarai Gray and Riyad Mahrez on flanks and Danny Drinkwater and Andy King holding the midfield. Cristian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Luis Hernández and Danny Simpson were all the first names in defense department with Kasper Schmeichel between the bars.
Against Hull City also they’ll look to field a pretty similar formation and most of the first team players from last season. The Foxes will look to make a statement in their very first game after a dismal pre-season to tell the world that they’re not one time wonders, and they’ll be the same and better Leicester City of 2015/16 season as the giants of English football look to rise again. Some of the new signing at the KP Stadium could surely make a difference in the upcoming games and it will be interesting to see them perform under the Italian manager.