Ahead of Saturday's game against Leicester City
at The Hawthorns, we spoke again with Foxes' fan Colin. He gives us his
views on his club's excellent start to the season, their long-term prospects,
Jamie Vardy, and more. You can follow Colin on Twitter @Ultra_Fox.
It's been an
excellent start to the season for the Foxes, did anybody expect such a beginning
to the campaign?
To be honest, no! With the
departures of Nigel Pearson and Esteban Cambiasso, and the arrival of Claudio
Ranieri, many thought we would struggle early on. But wins in our first two
games set the tone and we’ve been performing at that level more or less ever
since. Our position in the top six does not flatter us at all.
question, how long can the run continue?
Barring injuries, I see no
reason why the current run of form cannot continue for some while yet, although
tough fixtures against the
clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea loom towards the end of the year.. We’ve scored in
every game this season and while much of the focus has inevitably been on Jamie
Vardy, players in other areas of the side have also weighed in with goals at
crucial times. The defence has looked a little uncertain at times, but will have
been boosted after keeping its first clean sheet of the season against a Crystal
Palace side who are noted for being strong on their travels.
made something of an habit of coming back from losing positions, any particular
There is a never-say-die spirit
which served us so well during the second half of last season which has
continued into the current campaign. We score a lot of late goals, as Albion
discovered to their cost in last season’s game at the Hawthorns – the match that
really kick-started our revival and eventual survival.
Foxes striker Jamie Vardy has
been in great form so far this season, just how good is he? Is he really good
enough to become an
He’s in the form of his life
right now. It’s a great achievement for any Premier League striker to have
reached double figures by the end of October and even the top defences in this
league have been troubled by his power and pace.
On current form, he is
definitely England’s top striker, and should be in Roy Hodgson’s plans for Euro
2016. However, there are others who have served the manager well in the past and
if they are fit, I suspect he will prefer to go with them.
Who have been
the Foxes' best players so far this season?
Vardy apart, Riyad Mahrez has
also caught the eye with some exceptional performances, although his form has
tailed off slightly in recent weeks. Danny Drinkwater has done an excellent job
in filling the role vacated by the departure of Cambiasso, while fellow
midfielder N’Golo Kante has quickly become a fans’ favourite since signing from
Ligue 1 in the summer.
Japanese signing Shinji Okazaki
would have hoped to have scored more than one goal at this stage of the
campaign, while last season’s top scorer Leo Ulloa has yet to find the net at
all. But both have played key roles in City victories this season and retain the
respect of team-mates and fans alike.
Top 10 finish and a semi-final
(at least) in one of the cups.
Between 10th and 12th.
Bournemouth, Sunderland, Watford
and tactics can we expect to see from the Foxes on Saturday?
After shuffling the pack during
the early games, Ranieri has finally established his first-choice side. Expect a
4-2-3-1 formation with Vardy as the lone striker and Mahrez playing just behind
him. We’ll attack with pace but may leave ourselves vulnerable to
counter-attacks, which Rondon and Berahino may well seek to exploit.
thoughts on the game?
I think it could be quite tense
and scrappy, though Vardy may just give us the edge as he did last season. I’ll
go for a 2-1 victory for
Albion fans may wish to take comfort from the fact that both my
predictions for last season proved to be inaccurate..