Premier League

Leicester’s key fixtures in Premier League relegation battle

James Maddison

Brendan Rodgers said ahead of Leicester’s defeat to Chelsea that keeping the Foxes in the Premier League this season would go down as one of the greatest achievements of his career.

That’s a sad indictment of the 2015/16 miracle-workers who seemed poised to break into the so-called ‘Big Six’ not so long ago as they pursued a Champions League berth.

Public opinion is beginning to turn against the manager who has overseen four league defeats on the bounce. Leicester’s dire run of form has thrust them back into trouble in the context of relegation, and they’ve got some huge games coming up in their fight to stay up.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester

The international break gives Rodgers and Leicester the chance to reset (again), and reset they must because a huge game awaits upon their return to action.

Crystal Palace, too, are in dismal form and will equally be looking forward to the break. Both sides will be in desperate search of three points to ignite their bid for survival.

Leicester vs Bournemouth

The King Power hasn’t quite been the unified amphitheatre that inspired the Foxes while they were at their best under Rodgers. Discontent is starting to manifest in the stands, but it’s unlikely that the club will opt for a manegerial switch now.

Rodgers will circle this contest against Bournemouth as a season-defining one. The Cherries have developed into a pesky side to play against, and they’re well-equipped to expose Leicester’s vulnerabilities.

Leicester vs Wolves

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Maddison scored in a 4-0 win at Wolves / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Another relegation six-pointer at the King Power. Julen Lopetegui has returned Wolves to efficient functionality, and it’d be a surprise to see them in trouble come the end of the season.

Their away from is indifferent (ten points from 14 games), but Leicester’s home record is the second-worst in the division. Only Southampton (nine) have accumulated fewer points on home soil than the Foxes (12) this season.

Leeds vs Leicester

This looks like a tricky game for Leicester on paper. While the Foxes’ away record isn’t woeful, Leeds will be well up for this contest.

It’ll be a fervent atmosphere at Elland Road for this midweek clash under the lights that could have significant implications in the relegation scrap.


Leicester vs Everton

The Foxes open May with Everton coming to town. Sean Dyche’s Toffees are expected to avoid the drop thanks to their form at Goodison Park, but the former Burnley boss will see this as a good opportunity…

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