Leicester legend Muzzy Izzet believes home form will be the key for survival as Leicester face their first spell in the Premier League since 2003/04.
Izzet was in the side that was last promoted to the Premier League, then under Micky Adams.
In that season Leicester only lost six of their eighteen home games. But only three were won.
However, they had the strongest record at home last year in the Championship. Picking up 55 points and only losing two games.
If Nigel Pearson’s side can continue to make the King Power Stadium a fortress, then Izzet believes they will stay up next season.
Izzet played over 300 appearances for Leicester between 1996 and 2004, but feels Pearson’s aims will be the same as previous years.
When he played under both Martin O’Neill and Micky Adams he told us: “Our aim each year was survival. Whether 4th from bottom or a top 10 finish both would be a great achievement in your first season.”
“It’s very hard to compare teams in different eras, but having been down the training ground a lot this season coaching I’ve noticed they have a very good team spirit which I think good teams are built on. We certainly had that.”
Even though Leicester scored a total of 83 goals last season, the second highest scorers in the league last year, Izzet feels the strikers will have to take more chances next season to help City have
“I do think the jump from Championship to Premier League is high and requires an even greater level of consistency. Performance levels when dropped get punished more the higher up in class you go.”
“Having said that goals win games. Only as good as your strikers.”