Leicester City defeated FC Copenhagen 1-0 on Tuesday at the King Power stadium thanks to a Riyad Mahrez goal late in the first half. Leicester’s performance in the UEFA Champions League has been a surprise because the team has not been faring well in the English Premier League but has found some love in the European competition collecting maximum points from their first three matches. The question that keeps bothering fans “why is Claudio Ranieri and Leicester Football Club doing so well in the UEFA Champions League but not in the topflight of English football?
Leicester’s premiership title win was 50,000/1 because it was unpredicted and teams faced them with the notion of Leicester being a relegation threatened team and a team that plays to survive till it got to the latter stages where they realized they are in for business. This has lifted the team to the standards of any team on the surface of the earth and this time round in the 2016/17 season of the premier league season teams face Leicester with maximum concentration and aim to take back what they took from them last season.
The UEFA Champions League does not provide the same feeling as teams have not played against Leicester City so they can barely predict the collectively play of the club. Against Club Brugge; an experienced team in European football, Leicester City used their stance of being an underdog to whitewash the Belgian club and continued to do the same thing to 2004 winners FC Porto on match day two. Ranieri knows that he cannot win the English Premiership and this time round qualification to the Champions League in 2017/18 is going to be difficult because of the strengths of the two Manchester Clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal but might be able to make a case if the team plays well in the Champions League and eventually pull off a 1,000,000/1 in winning the trophy. Would this be the case?
Leicester City Hopes to Replicate Champions League Form against Crystal Palace
Leicester lies 13th in the premier league after eight games with 8 points whiles three games in the UEFA Champions league has given them 9 points showing the extent of damage the team has suffered in the league this season. The team has lost to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea and could only manage a draw against title contenders Arsenal.
Islam Slimani has been in great form and has been supported expertly by countryman Riyad Mahrez who seems to be in and out of form. Playing home is the only advantage the foxes have this season and nothing but a win would make the fans happy, something Jamie Vardy knows too well and would love to rectify sooner rather than later.
Crystal Palace has not done badly this campaign with 11 points on the league log and some 8 points from the top. Alan Pardew’s sale of Bolasie and the purchase of Benteke has yielded results and Palace would be doing everything it can to down Leicester and help continue their misery this coming weekend.
Leicester City hosts Crystal Palace in their next premier league fixture on October 22nd at 7:00AM PST.