Leicester City v Manchester City: match preview

What chance a repeat of last season? Leicester beat Manchester City 4-2 on that occasion, with Jamie Vardy scoring a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side somewhat naively played into the hands of the then Premier League champions. Now City are an entirely different proposition and it is hard to see how anyone can stop a team that is unbeaten in 23 matches and scoring goals at a ridiculous rate. City will, however, have to make do without the suspended key defender Nicolas Otamendi at the King Power Stadium. Stuart James Kick-off Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigourThey say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling. You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans Continue reading "Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson"

Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigourThey say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling. You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans Continue reading "Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson"

Leicester City owner King Power to face £327m corruption charges in Thailand

• Judge rules that criminal allegations presented in July should go ahead
• King Power denies shortchanging Thai government over duty free moneyThe company which owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions is to face multimillion-pound corruption charges in Thailand. A judge at Thailand’s central court for corruption and misconduct cases ruled at a hearing on Monday that criminal allegations presented to the court in July should go ahead against King Power, the cash-rich company owned and run by the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his son Aiyawatt. King Power is accused of having corruptly short-changed the Thai government of 14bn baht (£327m), its agreed share from the company’s lucrative duty free monopoly at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. Continue reading...

Nigel Pearson: ‘Would I do one or two things differently? Yeah, of course’

The manager on why the job brings out the best and worst in him, the enjoyment of working at OH Leuven in Belgium’s second tier for the Leicester owners who fired him and what he thinks of being associated with an ostrichIt is a beautiful autumnal morning at OH Leuven’s training ground, the sunshine beaming down over the top of the trees that flank the practice pitches as eight men, one woman and a black labrador watch Nigel Pearson’s players put through their paces. Give it a few more weeks and OH Leuven’s coach will probably know the spectators by name. “Normally I’d spend five minutes having a chat with them,” says Pearson, smiling. “They were a bit down this morning, on the crest of a slump, bless them.” Back in work since the end of September after the best part of a year in the wilderness – Continue reading "Nigel Pearson: ‘Would I do one or two things differently? Yeah, of course’"