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Leicester City’s precarious position in the Premier League a real worry

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 2 Feb 2017

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri targeted 40 points this season, but his side are on course for 35.

Leicester City suffered defeat away to newly-promoted Burnley in Tuesday night’s Premier League clash, the third loss on the bounce for the defending champions.

Claudio Ranieri’s men are now just two points clear of the relegation zone, and only three sides in the table have picked up fewer points in their last six games which highlights why the Foxes are slowly sliding down the league.

Their chances of relegation appeared slim despite their struggles in the first-half of the season, but with results failing to improve and the return of the Champions League to prove a distraction, could City go down?

Leicester form among the worst of any Premier League side

Defending champions Leicester City are currently 16th in the Premier League table with 21 points from 23 games this season, two placed and points above the drop zone. The Foxes have picked up just one win in their last eight outings, and have failed to score in each of their last four. Away from home, Claudio Ranieri’s men are one of two sides yet to win on the road in 2016/17, and even in their own backyard they have come unstuck in recent weeks.

Since November, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Chelsea have beaten Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, and panic will surely be setting in now as they continue to drop points week after week. City have managed only two wins in the Premier League since October, and have lost more than half their games this season – winning just 21% for their troubles.

Fixture list congestion could hamper Leicester domestically

In addition to their relegation form, Leicester have problems ahead of them given the games they have to come. They’ll play three games in a seven day period – Manchester United (Premier League) on Sunday, Derby County (FA Cup) on Wednesday and Swansea City the following Sunday. Then the Champions League is back and could well prove to be an unwelcome distraction as their top-flight status is far from secure.

Ranieri has always stated that their target was to reach 40 points, but their 0.91 points-per-game average sees them on course to finish the season with 35. Leicester have to play four games in 14 days in March and in April as their two legged Champions League last-16 clash gives them extra games to worry about. Their form couldn’t have been more contrasting earlier in the season, but now they can’t ignore their domestic commitments with one more slip-up potentially putting them in the bottom-three. Leicester City are 7/2 to suffer relegation from the Premier League this season.

Could the defending champions really go down in May?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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