Leicester City are now among the favourites to seal promotion to the Premier League after bolstering their ranks with two new signings.
The Foxes have secured the services of midfield ace Neil Danns and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Danns’ free transfer from Crystal Palace will be seen as something of a coup for the Championship side, with the midfielder turning down a chance to play Champions League football for Glasgow Rangers and ignoring the advances of a host of other clubs.
Schmeichel will team up with Foxes manager Sven Goran Eriksson for the third time, having served under the former England boss at Manchester City and Notts County. It comes after the keeper ended his time at Leeds United in some controversy, with Simon Grayson voicing his concerns over the Dane’s vulnerability.
However, the news will boost the confidence of Leicester fans as the countdown to the new season gathers pace and bwin now prices the Walkers Stadium outfit at 13/2 to win the Championship and earn promotion to the promised land of the Premier League.
Coventry City will host Leicester on the opening day of the season and the visitors will go into the game as slight favourites.
Punters looking to make Championship bets will find odds of 13/10 on an away win for the Foxes, while the home win is priced at 7/4 and the draw is seen as a 7/4 shot.
While the new signings have signalled Leicester’s intent for the season to come, Eriksson’s summer spending is far from over, with the club intent on bringing a number of new faces to freshen up the squad and help mount a serious title challenge.
Maccabi Haifa’s South African international defender Tsepo Masilela has been heavily linked with the club and is said to be on the verge of signing a season-long loan deal to move from the Israeli club to establish himself in England.
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