A football fan’s guide to Leicester City

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The Premier League is in full swing and, if you’ll be attending a game or two, OddsMonkey have put together a handy Premier League pub guide so you know just where to go for a pre-match pint. In this article, Peter Watton, spokesperson for OddsMonkey, gives his top tips for getting the most out of a Leicester game.

With the Premier League well underway, Leicester City still have plenty of matches left to play. Whether you’re a loyal fan or you’re visiting the city for an away game, there’s lots to see and do here to get the most out of the football season. Below, I’ll be going through the key things you should know before attending your next Leicester game.

History of Leicester City Football Club

Although currently in the Premier League, Leicester City have found themselves yo-yoing between leagues for centuries. Formed in 1884 under the name Leicester Fosse, the club became a member of the Football League’s Division Two 10 years later. The club were promoted to the First Division in 1908 but were quickly relegated back to Division Two.

Following financial struggles during World War I, the club was suspended, and renamed Leicester City Football Club in 1919. This was partly in an effort to save the club, but also to mark the area’s newly granted city status. After a period of promotions and relegations, the team found themselves back in Division Two by the end of the decade.

In true Leicester spirit, the team managed to turn things around, reaching their first ever FA Cup final in 1949. Unfortunately, despite some excellent playing and a hard work ethic, the team lost the league to Wolves and they didn’t win the League Cup until 1964. This success was short-lived, however, and the team was demoted again to the Second Division. But, by the late 90s, things started improving for the club. All their hard work was starting to pay off, and they won two more League Cups in 1997 and 2000.

In 2014, the club was promoted back to the Premier League and won the Football League Championship in the same year. Just two years later, Leicester bagged their first ever Premier League title. Fast forward to 2019–2020, and Leicester City are once again showing promise, boasting some top players like Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi.

Leicester’s chances in the Premier League

Despite keeping a low profile in previous years, Leicester have made their way up the league table thanks to the arrival of new coach Brendan Rogers in February. Currently sitting at second, just below Liverpool, the team are finding themselves in a similar position to the one they were in in 2016. But, sadly, things aren’t looking to end the same way. Despite their impressive start, the odds are currently at 35/1 for Leicester to win the League, which means betting on Leicester City could see you with a high return if they pull it out of the bag.

Alternatively, bookies are currently offering odds of around 4/9 on Leicester finishing in the top four. And, if they continue playing the way they are, they just might do it.

Upcoming matches to look out for

The Premier League always offers up some exciting fixtures but, thanks to the current high ranking of Leicester City, we’re waiting for them to play against their biggest threats: Man City (Saturday 21stDecember at Etihad Stadium, Manchester) and Liverpool (Thursday 26th  December at King Power Stadium, Leicester).

For local fans, you might also want to tune in for derby matches like Leicester vs Aston Villa (Sunday 8th December at Villa Park, Birmingham) and Leicester vs Wolves (Saturday 8th February at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton).

Best places in Leicester to watch a match

Although there’s no better place to take in a match than the club’s own King Power Stadium, there are plenty of other places you can catch the game. For example, pubs close to the ground are hotspots for Foxes fans to gather, which makes for a great atmosphere. But, if you’re an away fan looking for somewhere to grab a pre-match pint, you’re best going for pubs further away from the ground, like The Hind and Counting House, which welcome away fans, and are less likely to have crowds of Foxes fans.

Whether you’re a Leicester City fan or you’re visiting for an away game, the tips in this guide will help you get the most out of the Premier League.

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