Location: King Power Stadium, Leicestershire, England
Kick-off time: 5:30 PM GMT, 11:30 AM Eastern, 08:30 AM Pacific
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On May 3, 2014, just over two years from this Saturday's final home clash of 2015-16 against Everton, Leicester City celebrated promotion to the Premier League by hoisting the Championship trophy in front of their home fans at King Power Stadium and condemning Doncaster Rovers to League One with a 1-0 win.
Just over two years on, and after suffering a relegation scare of their own last season, Leicester will celebrate what everyone thought was unthinkable when they kicked off their 2015-16 Premier League campaign against Sunderland on August 8, 2015 -- winning the Premier League.
As much as people would've liked Leicester to save their title triumph for their final home game this weekend, having the title wrapped up allows for the planning of a celebration that hasn't been seen by this city in its 132-year history. Even those who don't have tickets to this season's home finale will be a part of the experience, as the celebration will go far beyond the walls of the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri cited 40 points as his team's target at the start of the season, and almost every Foxes' fan nine months ago would've taken that number. Ranieri humbly reiterated his team's goal when they were level on points with Arsenal at the turn of the new year with 39 before he set their sights on qualifying for the Champions League, which they achieved on April 19 by securing at least third place. Now gunning for the title, Leicester watched on as Tottenham and Chelsea drew 2-2 to secure the title for the Foxes on May 2.
There are no more goals to achieve for Leicester this season with the exception of giving the King Power Stadium and its fans a proper send off to the 2015-16 -- a year that will certainly be remembered by its fans and the sport of football for decades to come.
Visitors Everton are looking to wrap up a disappointing season that sees the Merseyside club teeter near the bottom of the Premier League's top-10 for the second year in a row after qualifying for the Europa League in 2013/14. The Toffees are three points off last season's point total of 47 and could give a run to a Leicester side that will ultimately be rotated due to suspension and giving some other players time on the field before season's end.
For Leicester, Robert Huth's three-match ban for violent conduct alongside Manchester United striker Marouane Fellaini will open up a spot in the center of defense for Marcin Wasilewski or Liam Moore, who have yet to feature for the Foxes in the Premier League this season. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater will also serve his one-match ban after being sent off for a second yellow in Leicester's 1-1 draw with Manchester United. Reversely, striker Jamie Vardy returns from his two-match ban for Leicester's title celebrations and will surely slot back into Ranieri's side on Saturday.
Leicester fans and players who were around for the club's Championship celebration in 2014 will remember being throttled 4-1 in their return to the King Power by Brighton & Hove Albion after securing promotion. Leonardo Ulloa remembers it well, as he put two past Leicester that day for the 'Gulls. It kind of bummed the mood a bit, can we not do that again this time?
I would make a prediction for this game but it's not too huge of a priority at the moment. Let's just enjoy the day as the Foxes are crowned Premier League champions in front of a joyous crowd at the King Power Stadium.