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Come on Leicester! City unites as Foxes face drop

Leicestershire Live logo Leicestershire Live 27.05.2023 08:32:17 Corey Bedford
Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby has backed the team, but believes the club would make a swift return to the top flight if relegated

Could another great escape be on the cards this weekend? Leicester City are set to play the biggest game in years this weekend as their Premier League survival will be decided on the final day of fixtures.

The Foxes have had a difficult season, and have found themselves in the bottom half of the table for the entire campaign. This is a far cry from the successes of recent seasons, with the Foxes finishing 8th last time around and just narrowly missing out on a place in the Europa Conference League.

And the odds are not in Leicester's favour either, as ahead of the last game of the season, there's just two points separating Leicester from the safety of 17th place, with direct competition from Leeds United and Everton for the spot. But if any club know's how to upset the bookies, it's Leicester - just seven years from the fairytale of lifting the Premier League trophy in 2016 despite 5000-1 odds against it happening.

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And before their unlikely title season, Leicester were known for a dogged, never quitting attitude that saw them escape relegation the year before in 2015 - a season where they spent 140 days at the foot of the Premier League table before turning their fortunes around.

So while Leicester may have struggled, the club continues to show guile and are a testament to getting out of tricky situations. Relegation might end up being out of their hands, and the best the Foxes can do on Sunday is go out on a high with a win at home against West Ham.

This is a belief that will be shared by the thousands of Leicester fans across the city, and is definitely true for a few notable names that have ushered support behind the club ahead of the game today.

One of these people is the Mayor of Leicester himself, Sir Peter Soulsby, who is trying to shift focus to the medium-long term future of the club, rather than what happens following today's game. He told us: "It's not been the best of seasons for the club, but we won't give up hope that we might be able to pull off a last-minute survival and stay in the Premier League next season.

"But one way or another, regardless of what happens, I will still be renewing my season ticket. We've been right up at the top for a number of years, we were the champions of England, so I have every confidence - win or lose - that Leicester has a place in the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

"A lot has changed in the ten years since Leicester were promoted, the club as a whole is a lot stronger, with a brand new training ground. I am looking to the medium-term rather than next season, because even if we go down we would be back up again in no time.

"The team deserves to be in the Premier League, and I hope they avoid relegation today, but if they don't it'll only be a matter of time before they're back."

Another Leicester figure that's hoping for the club's survival is Mark Selby, with the snooker player sharing his views earlier this week. He said: "It's a tough one.

"Hand on heart, I think they'll beat West Ham but I think Everton will probably just do enough to win as well, so if that's the case unfortunately we'll get relegated. But hopefully I'm wrong."

Leicester's manager, Dean Smith, has called for the fans to get behind the team going into the final game of the season. He said: "We need their 100 per cent support behind the players. The only way we will do this is by being all together.

"We all have a responsibility for Leicester City, whether you are employed by or support the Club. We can win if we're in this together."

Club captain Jonny Evans shared hope that the club can stay up, he told Sky Sports: "It's been an incredible time for me, personally, at the club. There'll be a lot of emotion right now, and I know that players try and control and shut off their emotions and concentrate on the game, but there definitely will be.

"You can feel what it means to everyone around and the players on the pitch, and if we were able to [stay up] it would be an incredible day."

It won't be easy, with Leicester needing to win and Everton needing to lose or draw, but we've seen the Foxes accomplish feats with much higher odds in the past.

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