December 6, 2022

The latest Leicester City news as it has already been a season of two halves for the club even before the World Cup break.
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Former Leicester City winger Matt Piper has predicted that the club will finish in ‘seventh or eighth’ place in the Premier League at the end of the season, a turnaround he describes as ‘miraculous’.
An opening day 2-2 draw against Brentford, a game which they drew from 2-0 up, proved to be City’s only Premier League point in the opening seven games of the season. It was a run of results which left them bottom of the table.
Those seven games also saw City concede a league high 22 goals, leading to questions being asked about both the defence and goalkeeper Danny Ward, who was promoted to the club’s number one after the departure of Kasper Schmeichel. The disappointing start also prompted some calls for manager Brendan Rodgers to leave the club.
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However, a 4-0 win over East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest was the start of a turnaround for the team. Since that game, City have won five of their eight games in all competitions, with all of those wins coming in the last six games.
The latest win came in the final game before the World Cup break as City came out as 2-0 winners over West Ham United. That game saw City pick up their sixth clean sheet in seven games as well as winning three away games in a row for the first time in over two years.
Following the turnaround, Piper, who summarises for BBC Radio Leicester, summed up the thoughts of a lot of City fans on recent performances. "It's so strange. Credit to all of them,” he told BBC’s Radio Leicester’s When You’re Smiling: A Leicester City podcast .
“I think we can’t just heap praise on the manager for the turnaround. It’s the players, staff, club, board.
“In hindsight, it is going in the right direction. It does feel like we have got our old Leicester back.
"That last performance at West Ham, it wasn’t brilliant football but we’ve hardly enjoyed any games there over the years. The way they controlled the game and scored goals on the break, it was a really good one to finish on.”
The turnaround sees City sit in 13th place in the Premier League table going into the World Cup break. And Piper has predicted that the team will continue to climb the table after the break, with the possibility of qualifying for Europe at the end of the season not ruled out.
"If they keep playing with this confidence and level of performance, I am really hopeful for the next part of the season,” he added. "I do think we could get seventh or eighth. Which from where we were, would be miraculous."
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