Leicester City, the Cinderella story you’ve never heard of

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Leicester City was able to gain early momentum and sit higher than expected with an easy schedule to start off its 2015-2016 Premier League season.

Out of their first 15 games, they only lost one, which put them ahead of big money teams like Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. The Leicester City Foxes are in their second straight season in the Premier League after being promoted in 2014.

After finishing in 18th place in their 2003-2004 season, the Foxes were relegated to the Championship, which is the second division of English soccer. They struggled to keep their spot in the Championship and were bumped down to League One, the third division of English soccer, after a rough 2007-2008 run. Finally, after 10 years away from the English Premier League, Leicester City finished first place in their 2013-2014 season, automatically promoting them.

Prior to their promotion, they were only the third team ever in the league not to be relegated after remaining at the bottom of the charts. They earned less than 20 points from 29 games played and made the greatest escape from relegation ever seen in the Premier League in their 2014-2015 season, finishing in 14th place.

Teams possessing the highest rankings in lower divisions have the chance to be promoted for the next season where the teams in higher divisions with the lowest rankings risk being relegated to the lower divisions for the next season.

New manager Claudio Ranieri took the team from barely making it out of the relegation zone to leading the EPL for the past three months straight and a contender for the Premier League title in such a short time. The Foxes are led by winger Riyad Mahrez and striker Jamie Vardy, who has scored 15 goals for Leicester City. Vardy has also broken the league record by scoring in 11 straight games.

Something that could be just as surprising as the Foxes’ sudden leap to success is their owner’s choice of transportation for matches. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of Leicester City, takes his rides to games in unorthodox way, hopping down from the sky in his helicopter as he makes the point even greater that his team is soaring in the Premier League.
With 12 games remaining and the Foxes sitting at the top of the table with points, they not only aspire to earn a Premier League title but are also competing for a spot in the Champions League.
On average, Leicester City is scoring 2.05 points per game which sets them up to earn 78 points over the course of the season. Even if the Foxes eared an average of 1.7 points per game from here on out, they could still earn 72 points on the season, putting them in a perfect position to qualify for the Champions League.

Although the club never competed in the Champions League before, Leicester City continues to push its way through the 28th week of play in the season without being pulled back by the usual league favorites.
Manager Ranieri explains that with Leicester City’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, the pressure will now fall on Tottenham as they face West Ham United on Wednesday, and will have a chance to rise above the Foxes in goal differentials if they are victorious in their match.

Ranieri’s satisfaction with Leicester’s earning four points after their two most recent matches against Norwich City and West Bromwich proves his team’s spirit and optimism for the future of their club and for this season will continue to carry them to new heights.

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