Promoted Leicester City given tough start to Premier League season

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

Leicester City will face a tough start on their return to the Barclays Premier League after drawing three sides who finished in the top five last season in the first month of competition.

Nigel Pearson’s side will welcome Everton, who finished in fifth place last season, to the King Power Stadium on opening day.

Next up for the newly promoted side who won the Championship in 2013/14 is a daunting away trip to big spending Chelsea who are looking to go two places better than their third place finish last season.

The first month concludes with the visit of fourth place finishers Arsenal.

Other highlights of the season include: Manchester United at home on September 20, Liverpool on a Tuesday night on December 2, Manchester City on December 13 and Tottenham Hotspurs at the King Power on Boxing Day.

The good news for Leicester, who have not been in the top flight of English football for a decade, is should they be in a relegation scrap come the end of the season they have a relatively easy run-in in April and May.

The final game of the 2014/15 season will be against Queens Park Rangers who were also promoted this season.

LEICESTER CITY FIXTURES 2014-15

AUGUST

Sat 16, Everton (H) 3.0

Sat 23, Chelsea (A) 3.0

Sat 30, Arsenal (H) 3.0

SEPTEMBER

Sat 13, Stoke (A) 3.0

Sat 20, Man United (H) 3.0

Sat 27, Crystal Palace (A) 3.0

OCTOBER

Sat 4, Burnley (H) 3.0

Sat 18, Newcastle (A) 3.0

Sat 25, Swansea (A) 3.0

NOVEMBER

Sat 1, West Brom (H) 3.0

Sat 8, Southampton (A) 3.0

Sat 22, Sunderland (H) 3.0

Sat 29, QPR (A) 3.0

DECEMBER

Tue 2, Liverpool (H) 7.45

Sat 6, Aston Villa (A) 3.0

Sat 13, Man City (H) 3.0

Sat 20, West Ham (A) 3.0

Fri 26, Tottenham (H) 3.0

Sun 28, Hull (A) 3.0

JANUARY

Thu 1, Liverpool (A) 3.0

Sat 10, Aston Villa (H) 3.0

Sat 17, Stoke (H) 3.0

Sat 31, Man United (A) 3.0

FEBRUARY

Sat 7, Crystal Palace (H) 3.0

Tue 10, Arsenal (A) 7.45

Sat 21, Everton (A) 3.0

Sat 28, Chelsea (H) 3.0

MARCH

Wed 4, Man City (A) 7.45

Sat 14, Hull (H) 3.0

Sat 21, Tottenham (A) 3.0

APRIL

Sat 4, West Ham (H) 3.0

Sat 11, West Brom (A) 3.0

Sat 18, Swansea (H) 3.0

Sat 25, Burnley (A) 3.0

MAY

Sat 2, Newcastle (H) 3.0

Sat 9, Southampton (H) 3.0

Sat 16, Sunderland (A) 3.0

Sun 24, QPR (H) 3.0