Nobody will ever forget the legacy that Leicester City have left on English football and the incredible feat that they achieved in the 2015/16 Premier League season was appreciated around the world. A 5000/1 shot for the title, the Foxes secured the trophy before the campaign had even finished and this will forever be remembered as one of the greatest upsets in sporting history.
Things haven’t quite been as positive since then but they remain a Premier League side and one that is regularly picked up by the live TV broadcasters and the bookmakers who tie offers and promotions around this historic club.
Leicester are one of the oldest clubs in England and were formed back in 1884 as Leicester Fosse. Things moved quickly from that point and seven years later they moved to their Filbert Street Stadium that would be their home for over 100 years.
The club joined the Football League in 1894 and in 1919 they took on the name Leicester City by which we know them today. Success followed shortly afterwards as they won the second division title in 1924/25 and were promoted to the top tier of the English pyramid. From there until the 1960’s, they mainly alternated between the top two divisions but the club gained momentum after the Second World War, appearing in their first FA Cup final at the end of the 1948/49 season.
The 1960’s saw three further FA Cup final appearances and a League Cup triumph in 1964. While the Premier League was incepted in 1992, Leicester have spent most of the time since in the division below and that’s a fair summary of their entire life as a football club. However, all that was to change with that incredible title success of 2015/16.
It would be easy to say that Leicester City’s strongest period came in that 2015/16 season but the club have enjoyed some success and were a tough opponent in all competitions throughout the 1960’s. During that decade, the club reached the FA Cup final on no fewer than three occasions but sadly for Foxes’ fans, they lost out on each occasion.
They have, however, won the League Cup three times and the Charity Shield once to go alongside that 2015/16 Premier League triumph. They may have been really strong in winning that title but older supporters would argue that for consistency, the 1960’s teams were actually better.
Here are details of Leicester’s results in domestic competitions over the last few years plus their solitary season in the Champions League.
|Season||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup||Champions League/Europa League|
|2018/19||9th||3rd Round||–||Did not Qualify|
|2017/18||9th||Quarterfinals||–||Did not Qualify|
|2016/17||12th||5th round||3rd round||Quarter Finals|
|2015/16||Winners||3rd round||4th round||–|
|2014/15||14th||5th round||2nd round||–|
Clearly there is one performance that stands out from all the others with Leicester claiming that Premier League title in 2015/16. However, the quarter final appearance in the Champions League was also an impressive achievement and around this time we saw lots of enhanced odds deals pointing towards the Foxes.
They can be a strong cup side and 2017/18 saw them get to the quarter finals of both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. The aim now is to consolidate under a new manager, stay in the Premier League for many seasons to come and maybe one day they can be back with Europe’s elite once again.
Jamie Vardy was Leicester City’s key striker as the club won the Premier League in 2015/16 and his 24 goals in 38 league matches earned him a call up to the full England squad. As that season developed, we saw a number of price boost offers on Vardy from around the sportsbooks and those have continued in the two seasons that have followed.
Leicester looked to strengthen their striking options for the 2017/18 season as they brought in centre forward Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City but so far it’s been a slow start to life at the King Power Stadium for the Nigerian international.
In midfield, with Riyad Mahrez finally leaving for Manchester City in the summer of 2018, the pressure is on to take the Algerian’s place and provide the ammunition for Vardy up front. Demarai Gray and Wilfred Ndidi are among those who need to step up although the club may well look for a big name midfield signing in future transfer windows.
Leicester are an entertaining side and one that the TV Cameras like to follow for their live broadcasts. Whether they can ever be a top six club again remains to be seen but we’ll certainly follow the Foxes ourselves and bring you the best of the enhanced odds promotions as and when they drop in.