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Leicester's incredible start is even BETTER than the 2016 EPL title heroes

  /  autty

If Leicester's march to the Premier League title in 2016 came as a fluke then Brendan Rodgers' side should be considered worthy challengers to Liverpool this time around.

The current Foxes team are outperforming Claudio Ranieri's heroes in almost every department, including goals scored, goals conceded and, most importantly, points won after 14 games of this campaign.

Rodgers' men have now won 10 of their first 14 Premier League games and sit second in the table, eight points behind Liverpool and three clear of reigning champions Manchester City,

So can they really challenge for the title? It seems the Reds have already built an impenetrable lead but Leicester are as close to the league leaders as anybody else and the numbers prove that.

There are just eight members remaining from 2015-16 at the club: Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Ben Chilwell, Christian Fuchs, Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray.

After 14 games in 2016 they had amassed 29 points, winning eight, drawing five and losing one of those matches. They are already three points better off this season thanks to 10 wins, two draws and two defeats.

It isn't a secret that Rodgers' team are playing a more expansive brand of football and they have score four more goals after 14 games than the title-winning team managed.

However, it is at the other end of the pitch that the difference is most notable. So far this season they have let in just nine goals, that is a huge 12 less than Ranieri's side manager in their first 14 matches.

Throughout his managerial career Rodgers has always placed an emphasis on his teams dominating the ball. Ranieri, on the other hand, was willing to give up possession so his team could launch deadly counter attacks.

During the first 14 games of this season Leicester have had 57.83 possession on average, compared to 42.43 in 2015-16.

They have also played 529.79 passes per game, almost 200 more than the 351.84 per game managed by Ranieri's team. Their passing accuracy is also up from 70.5 per cent to 82.41 per cent.

Leicester are also proving to be more of a threat in the final third. They currently boast a shot conversion rate of 16.1 per cent, up from 13.03 under Ranieri. The current squad are also taking more shots per game (14.64 from 13.74) and more shots on target (5.21 compared to 4.71).

They are also much more solid at the back than they have been in recent seasons. In their first 14 games this time around, Leicester have kept six clean sheets when they managed 15 in the entire 2015-16 season. They are also conceding 0.64 goals per game, instead of 0.95 in the title-winning season.

They are facing less shots (9.71 compared to 13.66) under Rodgers and their expected goals against is lower from 1.21 in 2015-16 to 0.99 in the current campaign.

Leicester can definitely strengthen their position in the title race in the coming weeks with their next three games pitting them against Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich.

But over the festive period they travel to Manchester City and host Liverpool, two games which will give a clear indication of whether they are genuine title challengers. Whatever happens, they are certainly moving in the right direction.