The Foxes haven't had much fun in the EPL, including a 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, with only eight points from eight matches. They have however, found respite in the Champions League, beginning their history in the competition with two wins from two. They'll host Copenhagen with a rested Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, both of whom were second half subs in the loss at Chelsea. A win would give them a five point lead at the top, with qualification for the knockout rounds a foregone conclusion. FC Copenhagen have had a bright start as well - drawing 1-1 at Porto and beating Brugge 4-0. Including their qualifying campaign, they're riding an eight-match unbeaten streak and have yet to lose in the Danish Superliga. They'll attempt to end Leicester's run in the Champions League with a young attacking force - six players 25 or younger have at least three goals for them in the Danish Superliga. Leicester will be favorites at home, but don't expect them to have an easy evening.
Last year’s improbable season gives Leicester a chance to prove themselves at the highest possible level (sorry, World Cup). While it would be foolish to discount their chances, competing in the Champions League in addition to defending their Premier League title and playing in two domestic cups is a tall order for any club - let alone one that was built a year ago for one purpose: avoiding relegation. The Foxes managed to hold onto the talent they need to get out of the group stage, the question is whether they have to squad depth to compete on multiple fronts.
The first Danish team to ever reach the group stages, FC Copenhagen are back in the competition after two years in the Europa League. The current Danish champions have a decent chance to repeat that feat with Club Brugge, FC Porto and Leicester City rounding out their group. They’ll have to do so without winger Nicolai Jørgensen, who was last season’s top scorer. Forward Federico Santander, their second highest scorer, will shoulder the goalscoring burden alongside København’s usual influx of young Danish talent. Having managed a draw against Barcelona the last time they made it to the knockout stages, getting out of this group is not an unrealistic aim.
Vardy scored in 11 consecutive matches last season, a Premier League record.
The Dane kept 15 clean sheets in the EPL last season.