On a warm and humid afternoon on Filbert Way, the Foxes continued their remarkable start to the season fairly easily disposing of their Midlands rivals Stoke City with goals in either half by Kelechi Ihenacho and substitute Jamie Vardy. Below, we put the impressive start into some context, examine the low block employed by their opponents and ask what is Enzo Maresca’s first choice XI.
What a start Leicester City have made!
With 10 wins and one defeat from their first 11 matches, this is one of, if not the, best starts to a season in Leicester City’s illustrious history. The Foxes hold the record, with Sheffield United, for the biggest points haul after 11 games in Championship history.
To put all of that into perspective, when the Foxes last played in the Championship in 2013-14, eventually winning the title with 102 points, their first 11 eleven games yielded seven wins, two draws and two defeats (23 points in total) with a goal difference of six. In the first 11 games of the Premier League winning season in 2015-16, Leicester won six games, drew four and lost one (22 points in total) with a goal difference of four. It is looking good already.
For the record, the most points ever won by a promoted club in the Championship era was Reading with 106 in 2005-6 (Sheffield United, after starting with a record points haul just equalled by the Foxes, finishing second with 90 points). Without wishing to tempt fate – although I probably already have – it would be foolhardy person who bets against that record remaining in place by the end of this season.