A comfortable if unspectacular start to the Championship campaign for the Foxes has, for what it’s worth, put them 3rd in the table. There will be much tougher tests to come but, especially in the second half, there were signs to encourage the Foxes faithful.
The key numbers:
0 – Nearly a third of Leicester’s league games last season (14) were goalless at the break and Leicester went on to win just three of them. Against better teams City won’t be afforded the opportunity of waiting until the second half to take control.
4 – This is the fourth time in five seasons that Leicester have got off to a winning start – not that it did them much good last season. MK Dons, Swansea City, Coventry City and now Peterborough United have ended up with nothing in their most recent opening day matches with the Foxes. Crystal Palace were 3-2 victors over City on the opening day of the 2010/11 season.
25 – Whilst this was a younger starting eleven than we have been used to seeing in recent years at Leicester, the sides’s average age of 25 is a long way short of being close to the club’s youngest. Gone may be the days of Micky Adams (when the average age regularly peaked at around 31) but in the late 70’s Jock Wallace fielded a side at Sheffield United with an average age of just 19 years 356 days. Here’s yesterday’s lineup with ages below;
Kasper Schmeichel – 25 (Born 05 Nov, 1986)
Ritchie de Laet – 23 (Born 28 Nov, 1988)
Paul Konchesky – 31 (Born 15 May, 1981)
Wes Morgan – 28 (Born 21 Feb, 1984)
Liam Moore – 19 (Born 31 Mar, 1993)
Danny Drinkwater – 22 (Born 05 Mar, 1990)
Ben Marshall – 20 (Born 29 Sep, 1991)
Lloyd Dyer – 29 (Born 13 Sep, 1982)
Matty James – 21 (Born 22 Jul, 1991)
Jamie Vardy – 25 (Born 11 Jan, 1987)
Jermaine Beckford – 28 (Born 09 Dec, 1983)