The Foxes earned a decisive win against Club Brugge in their first-ever Champions League match, which many hoped would spark a return to form. However, Saturday brought a 4-1 loss to Man United - their third in six league matches, which is as many as they lost all last season. Vardy and Mahrez were pulled at half to stay fresh for this match. While one week doesn't tell the entire story, Leicester City have yet to regain the blistering form of last season and desperately miss N'Golo Kante's presence in midfield. Opposite them, Porto have only been held scoreless once this season, but opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw at home against FC Copenhagen. André Silva will lead the charge for them at the King Power Stadium, and is their top scorer with four goals in six league games.
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.
Porto are in the midst of an uncharacteristic trophyless drought, having not won anything for two seasons - the first time they’ve done so since 1981. They’ve brought in Valencia manager Nuno and kept hold of captain Hector Herrera and Algerian attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi. There will be intense focus on winning a domestic trophy this season, but in a group that includes FC København, Club Brugge and Leicester City, there is no reason why they couldn’t simultaneously make progress in the Champions League. After a couple years in the wilderness, it could be a return to form for the Dragons.
Vardy scored in 11 consecutive matches last season, a Premier League record.
The Dane kept 15 clean sheets in the EPL last season.