The Foxes have made a poor start to the season but their next four games represent a fantastic opportunity to soar up the table. Games against West Brom, Swansea, Everton and Stoke are all winnable games for Leicester and it is time to start racking up the points. Four defeats in seven matches so far this season has left Leicester hovering precariously above the drop zone and there is a danger that the campaign will turn into another relegation scrap. The Foxes are far too good for that and they need to prove it over the next month.

Next up Leicester host West Brom at the King Power and they are the favourites to get the job done. Take a look at William Hill before placing a bet because they have market leading odds of evens and that looks a great opportunity to double your money. Tony Pulis’ side are tough to break down but they have been blowing hot and cold of late and Leicester have the quality in their attack to overwhelm the Baggies. Then it is an away game against relegation threated Swansea, who cannot seem to buy goal at present, and again Leicester are the favourites to get three points. If they can win both those games they will surge into the top half of the table and Craig Shakespeare will be able to feel more comfortable about his chances of remaining in gainful employment in the immediate future.

The Foxes have a fantastic array of attacking talent in Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and co. These are players that won the title but 15 months ago and they have been under-performing for too long. Perhaps the problem lies with Shakespeare and his ability to galvanise his stars, but he did a good enough job of it when he took over from Claudio Ranieri last season and needs to rediscover that magic. It would be nice to see Demarai Gray given a run out as he looks a promising talent, but Marcus Albrighton is in excellent form and Shakespeare is blessed with plenty of options. Harry Maguire looks a strong signing at the back, and Leicester’s starting 11 can go toe to toe with any in the league.

They are surely not going to repeat the heroics of the 2015/16 campaign, but finishing seventh this season looks a realistic goal. The Big Six are in ominous form and look set to sew up the top six positions, but seventh is very much up for grabs. Everyone expected Everton to make it their own after a heavy spending summer in the transfer window, but they have been really poor and miss Romelu Lukaku badly. They are only two points above Leicester and there is a long old way to go this season. You can get 8/1 on Leicester in the “Premier League without the big six” market and that looks an interesting bet. Everton are the favourites, but they have been playing some turgid football, while Leicester have largely been unlucky this season. Southampton will fancy their chances of finishing seventh and qualifying for Europe as they have been finishing between sixth and eighth for a few seasons now. They are both decent sides, but Leicester have better players at their disposal. If it turns into a three-way battle between those sides, that is one they can win.

They are certainly a better side than Watford, Stoke, Newcastle or Burnley, the other contenders, but they need to start showing that on the pitch. Victory over Everton at the King Power on October 30 would be a fantastic statement to make. A result at Stoke in the following fixture would also be great, as it precedes games against Man City and Spurs. Everton and Stoke are the sort of teams Leicester need to be beating if they harbour genuine ambitions of turning the Big Six into the Big Seven. They have every right to be in there, given their title-winning exploits a couple of season ago, and they simply need to deliver on their potential.