It’s fair to say that expectations at Leicester haven’t been as high as this in a good few seasons. Paulo Sousa will be expected to get results quickly and the fixtures list does him no favours at all.
City face two home fixtures in August against fellow promotion contenders and trips to two of the relegated Premier League sides in the first four away games. They’ll also have early trips to Coventry and Norwich, places they haven’t won since 2003 and 1995 respectively. Indeed, so long ago was Leicester’s last win at Norwich that it contained Emile Heskey’s first ever senior goal.
Below is a table showing Leicester’s fixtures and the last result in each match* together with a projected league table position based on last season’s results. To use a golfing term, this is par for the season. To put it another way, let’s not get too worried if City aren’t in the top 10 at the end of October.
*For the purpose of this exercise I’ve taken the regular season results against Cardiff City from 2009/10.
Note: To see a full version on this spreadsheet click here.