Since winning the Premier League in remarkable fashion, Leicester have established themselves as a top-half team vying for “best of the rest” status. After a strong finish to the 18/19 season under Brendan Rodgers, their aims for the 2019/20 season might well be higher. Our Leicester FPL team guide will look at the most instrumental players for the Foxes.
With top six mainstays like Chelsea and Manchester United going through a period of unrest, the door is open for some burgeoning Premier League sides to force themselves into that exclusive group. Leicester must be a candidate. FPL-wise, the Foxes are a hive of exciting mid-priced options in all positions. Indeed, tripling up on Leicester hasn’t been as tempting since…well, since they won the Premier League back in 15/16.
What style of football do Leicester play?
Brendan Rodgers has tried to move towards a possession-based model of play at Leicester; a system he’s shown plenty of capability with.
A rotation between a 4-3-3 and 3-4-2-1 has been the go-to for Rodgers since joining The Foxes mid-season. Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) is a big part of bringing that model to life, being involved in 7 goals from 11 starts and generally improving Leicester’s build up and final third play.
Tielemans is 1 prong of a very complete midfield trio. Joining him is Wilfred Ndidi, who’s capability to defend space and recover the ball is hard to rival. James Maddison completes the triumvirate. His creativity has proven key to Leicester’s attacking efforts.
There is a chance that new signing Ayoze Perez could slot in alongside talisman Jamie Vardy next season, too. Here you have two high-energy forwards capable of making runs into space and also winning the ball back via pressing. Perez adds an element of support for Vardy outside the box with his ability to connect play with teammates.
In defence, The Foxes are able to flex strong options at centre back with experienced heads in Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans. They also boast younger options in Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu.
At fullback, Leicester can boast one of the most exciting duos in the league in Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell, both of whom are capable of slotting into wing-back roles if needed.
Last season’s key statistics
Brendan Rodgers is a fantastic manager and set to work quickly at Leicester City, boosting their goal threat from an average of 1.21 scored per game to 1.70, while cutting out defensive frailties to lower their average of 1.39 goals conceded per game to 0.90. For comparison, Chelsea and Spurs averaged 1.03 goals conceded throughout the season.
Returning from a full pre-season with their new coach, we expect this upswing to continue. Leicester ranked eighth for average possession (50.8%) last season. This is very likely to increase, Brendan Rodgers having averaged 55% in his three full seasons at Liverpool, and could result in more clean sheets and chances created.
FPL fixture difficulty
The table above shows the fixture difficulty of Leicester’s opening six matches, as determined by our clean sheet tracker and attacking tracker. These difficulty trackers are based on last seasons home/away specific performance statistics. Newly promoted sides statistics have been weighted according to their transitional value.
Who takes penalties for Leicester?
Accordingly to our data, Jamie Vardy is designated penalty taker for Leicester. James Maddison is expected to be next in line.
Which Leicester players to pick on FPL?
Prior to his move away, Harry Maguire (£5.5m) was the most popular Leicester defender. FPL managers might have been investing in an expected transfer to Man United, but with just 7 clean sheets compared to Leicester’s 10 last season, the Red Devils aren’t exactly a guaranteed improvement. Maguire’s departure does, however, leave the door open for Jonny Evans and, in all likelihood, a new arrival to the club too.
Meanwhile the fullbacks – Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) – both hover at around 7% ownership. It’s surprising, given they mustered 13 assists between them last season. As we discuss in our best mid-priced defenders article, Chilwell might well be the better option of the 2. That £0.5m saving also comes with more crosses and more passes in the final third than his colleague.
Leicester’s midfield is one of the most exciting outside of the top six this season. Proven prospects Maddison (£7.0m) and Tielemans (£6.5m) are joined by Ayoze Perez (£6.5m), whose 141 FPL points for Newcastle last season should only improve now that he’s a midfielder. Again, with none of them currently over 16% owned, they present intriguing options for FPL managers looking for an edge.
Keep an eye out for Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) too. The youngster has had an impressive pre-season and could well establish himself as a mainstay in Leicester’s XI in the 2019/20 season.
There’s only 1 man being discussed when it comes to Leicester’s forward assets. Kelechi Iheanacho has gone from strength to…just kidding. Jamie Vardy has improved in nearly every single metric since Rodgers took the reigns at Leicester, and, despite his age, shows no signs of slowing down yet. Whilst £9.0m is a disruptive price for managers on a budget, there’s nothing to suggest that he won’t be worth every penny.