Leicester’s Premier League return may not have produced a win from games one to three, but a solid showing in two home outings against top sides already singles them out as the pick of the promoted clubs.
The fixture computer wasn’t overly kind to Nigel Pearson’s Championship winners, spewing out three of last season’s top five straight away, with an away game at Chelsea sandwiched between home matches against Everton and Arsenal.
However, aside from a slightly bruising tussle in west London where Leicester lost 2-0 to the top-flight favourites, both the Toffees and Gunners left the King Power Stadium having been held.
The early evidence suggests that model of resilience at home – where Pearson’s side also collected a whopping 55 of 69 available points en-route to the Championship title last season – will keep Leicester firmly balanced on the English football ladder’s highest rung come May.
As such the midlanders have already been installed as the 5/6 favourites, in front of 9/5 shots QPR and Burnley at 4/1, to finish as the top promoted club.
The advice would be to grab the Foxes price now before it plummets like a poorly folded paper aeroplane.
In the next seven games Leicester will face four of the current bottom five and can be expected to leapfrog Rangers, who play Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in that same period.
The Rs may have clocked up a point more than Leicester so far, but they’ve looked far more vulnerable at the back during two opening losses and a narrow 1-0 win over Sunderland.
Meanwhile, perhaps it’s a little early for Burnley obituaries to be written but the favs for relegation already feel like the also-rans in this race.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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