Leicester City is only 26/1 to win Premier League, can they copy Derby County

Leicester City made it to the quarter finals of the Champions League the season after winning Premier League, and they have been close in the EFL Cup losing two quarter finals on penalties to Manchester City.

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With this seasons great start and despite being a number of points behind Liverpool, no one has won any trohpies in late November, and there are a number of months left before that shall be finalized.

Going back and looking at so called “minor teams” to have managed a double of league wins in a short period of time, you have to go a long way back to find another Midland rival with Derby County managing this in 1972 and 1975.

In between the two league titles they reached the semi-final in the European Cup, and at the same time galvanized a new team on the route. Some of those former winners were still at the club when they won again, and this is a similar picture as we can see in the Leicester City team this season.

Dave Mackey took over from Brian Clough and Peter Taylor who were as Claudio Ranieri “sacked” or as the history will conclude “giving their letter of resignation”, but anyway a new man was at the helm when the 2nd title were placed in the cabinet.

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The way Leicester City are playing at the moment you cannot really see how this should just suddenly stop and the team looks so well settled and composed and the blend of youth, experience and competition is “in the balance”.

Dave Mackey was a clever bloke as Brian Clough had been before him making their teams shine with a nice blend that worked perfectly together. David Nish and Roger Davies, both former foxes as well, played their part in the team composed by Dave Mackey alongside some of the finest players in the game, especially seeing a shrewd move for Francis Lee in the summer of 1974 being a great success.

The former England international was well into his 30’s, but his experience as a previous World Cup star and a very successful past at Manchester City showed that squeezing out the last “juice” of those skilled legs was a genius act. Lee made instant impact and alongside players such as Kevin Hector and Roger Davies building a striking force that really could score goals.

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The defense was strengthened with Rod Thomas and in midfield Bruce Rioch and Henry Newton had both arrived, both being experienced players. Rioch was in fact a bit of a late bloomer taken in from Aston Villa and just playing for them in the 3rd and 2nd tier. Newton was previously with Nottingham Forest and Everton and a back up player in Sir Alf Ramsey’s squads for England.

Archie Gemmill was in his prime, so was Nish, McFarland and Todd who all had been capped at English full level and with “club legends” Peter Daniel and Ron Webster able to slot in with robust performances whenever called on, you had a good mix of defensive alternatives.

Young midfielder Steve Powell, a legend to be, also had Derby County in his veins and lived for the club and with Alan Hinton still also very much “alive” you had a great midfield coverage alongside Gemmill, Rioch and Newton. Dave Mackay never used a lot of players as he masterminded the 1974/75 League win.

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So can Leicester City copy Derby County, the pattern is there and you have seen the signings of the summer slotting in, a young Soyuncu just surprising most of football experts and of course Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans still able to compete with the best, despite Morgan being seen as a “weak link” he is so very vital to everything this season playing his role perfectly as Marcin Wasilewski did in that previous “special” season.

The Leicester City team has galvanized and grown into a different structure, but it looks much better at the moment and they can really “fly” and attack with a set of mind that shows they mean full business. With players such as Jamie Vardy leading the way, you will be a fool to rule out Leicester City this season.

The forgotten “big four” dynasty, Arsenal, Spurs and Man Utd exits irritating the establishment

For a long period of time it was just a battle between two clubs for the Premier League title. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd. That is long gone and the two clubs did themselves no favors by the way they are “mocking” around.

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Newspapers in England and other media channels love “words” and “slogans” as they are trolling their sentences such as we all should be believed to believe that everything they talk about is the truth.

Paul Merson especially with help from Gary Neville, and a few other Arsenal and Man Utd “has been” players are often quoted in media about their favorite club and how they always will rate themselves as great and whenever other clubs are above them in the table they use different “domination techniques” to try to get their words through.

The recent sacking of Unai Emery is a disgrace and just totally idiotic. The spiral will just take Arsenal further down and without patience from fans they will just start to see themselves in the same situation as Leeds, Newcastle and Aston Villa who are “bigger and better” but struggling heavily in football not able to run everything as it should be done.

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Manchester United had “no idea” on what they wanted when they suddenly were on their own without Sir Alex at the wheel. This shows how much a manager have to say in one club, but other places maybe not as much, but with so many wins and trophies in the cabinet a leader grows into a majestic figure and he will be up there on a pedestal. To climb up will be impossible and with a group of “fans” not really supportive you have the evil spiral rolling and rolling.

The downfall at Spurs is not something that will be solved with Jose Mourinho taking charge, it’s about the players staying committed to the course and at Spurs at the moment you have some of the best players no longer interested in the future of the club, wanting to leave, that is a fact.

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So does Leicester City have anything to worry about, no should be no worries what so ever. Arsenal are not getting Brendan Rodgers as their next man in charge. With the season at Leicester City at this moment Rodgers must be insane to even consider to take over Arsenal, so to the Merson’s and Groves’s you need to get a reality check somewhere as your “Gunners” are not a quick fix and the pressure on a new boss will be massive and why jeopardize a job where everyone believe in you and love you, for a place who looks very “hostile” not even being able to give Arsene Wenger a nice farewell and not giving Unai Emery credit for his work, taking Arsenal to a European final and at the same time qualifying for this seasons Europa League.

In both camps, Everton

Picture: Peter Eastoe / Gary Lineker

Peter Eastoe is probably not the most famous of those former Everton and Leicester City players around, but he is rare in the sense that he has been Leicester City twice, both times on loan in the mid 80’s. He probably spent his best years in football while at Everton and Queens Park Rangers, also been seen at West Bromwich Albion, Swindon Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Gary Lineker needs no introduction, his time at Leicester City is well documented and his time at Everton was in real phenomenal but very short, only one season, before heading out to Spain and Barcelona. He ended runners-up both in the league and the cup with Everton, losing that FA Cup final to Liverpool who triumphed as double winners that season. Another former player in both camps, Wayne Clarke, took Lineker’s place and ended up as a league winner the next season. Clarke had a short stint at Leicester being part of the package sending Mike Newell the opposite way.

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Martin Keown also had his time at Everton and Leicester, really making his full breakthrough as a player and making his England debut while at Goodison Park. Kevin Campbell must also be mentioned being a real hero at Everton, and as we remember a short loan spell with Leicester City, coming in from Arsenal, who he is also represented for a long period of time.

Goalkeeper Martin Hodge had spells at both clubs, representing Leicester City in the 2nd tier in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and before a shot stopper at The Toffee’s. Danny Cadamarteri is also a name recognized from both camps, spending his early and most promising years at Everton, with the forward adding up a few at Leicester City later in life.

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Leicester City also had Marcus Bent on loan from Ipswich who did sell him on to Everton where he was a hit for a couple of seasons during the start of this century. A big tall forward at Leicester City but also used as a defender at time, Ian Marshall is probably one of the shrewdest moves made by Martin O’Neill, getting the most out of a player who must be seen more like a warrior than a footballer.

Ian Wilson, who had his best years in football at Leicester City, did move to Everton and kept going in the top flight for a few seasons, before heading out to Turkey and not really becoming the player he might expected to be at Goodison Park. Michael Keane had a season loan spell at Leicester City back in 2012/13, joining from Manchester United. Keane has played at Everton since 2017.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Martin Hodge
  •  Defenders
    • Martin Keown
    • Michael Keane
  • Midfield
    • Ian Wilson
  • Forwards
    • Danny Cadarmateri
    • Peter Eastoe
    • Gary Lineker
    • Mike Newell
    • Wayne Clarke
    • Marcus Bent
    • Kevin Campbell

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