Rodgers says Leicester’s first six EPL fixtures are a challenge

Leicester City's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Leicester City’s Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) /

Yesterday, June 16, the Premier League released its schedule for the upcoming 2022/2023 season. Leicester City’s first game of the season will be at home against Brentford. When asked against the opener against Brentford, Brendan Rodgers showed his respects to the side that survived promotion last year.

"“We’re expecting another competitive and challenging Premier League campaign, and our opening fixture at home against Brentford will be a great test for us,” Rodgers said. “They’re a good team who carry plenty of threats, but we’ve got a talented group who will be looking to start the season positively.”"

The Foxes have a tough start to the season. By the end of September, seven games into the new season, they will have played four teams that finished in the top seven. The first test will be Arsenal at the Emirates Arena on Aug. 13. LCFC will also play Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspurs in that seven-game run. When asked about the tough run at the start of the season, East Midland’s manager addressed the tough task on hand.

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"“To play three of last season’s top six in our opening six games is a challenge for any side, but also an opportunity for us to put a marker down by showing ourselves and our fans what we are capable of as a team,” The boss continued."

There are plenty of other significant games on the schedule. Oct. 1 will be the first time Leicester City plays their rivals, Nottingham Forrest, since their embarrassing 4-1 defeat in the FA Cup last season. That game will be contested in the King Power arena. Then to end off October, Brendan Rodger’s side will host the reigning champions, Manchester City. Brendan Rodger’s squad will have their first test of Liverpool on the very last day of the year. Leicester will travel to Anfield to play Liverpool on Dec. 31. Finally, to end the season, the foxes will host West Ham United at home on May 28.

Overall, this is a great schedule for Leicester. It is very well balanced compared to us playing a bunch of top fours in a row and then a bunch of relegation contenders. Plus, with having no European games on the schedule, the foxes will have a legit chance at making a push into a champions league spot.

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City can certainly be a team to watch out for next Premier League season. They ended last season with a lot of pieces to work with this season. A successful transfer window and LCFC will be back right in the hunt.