Miracle English Premier League champions Leicester City return to action for the first time since closing out their historic title run on May 15, when the Foxes travel to Kassam Stadium for a pre-season friendly match that will stream live as they take on newly promoted League One side Oxford United.
As the unlikely Premier League title holders, Leicester City are booked for a busy schedule of pre-season matches abroad, starting on July 23 when the Foxes face Celtic in Glasgow to kick off the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.
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Leicester City play two more International Champions Cup matches on their world tour, heading Stateside to Carson, California, where they will take on French champions Paris Saint-Germain on July 30. And then it’s off to Stockholm, Sweden, where the Foxes will test themselves against Spanish giants Barcelona on August 3.
The Oxford United match, expected to easily pack 12,500-seat Kassam Stadium in Oxford, will likely mark the only domestic appearance for the reigning champions of England until the new Premier League season opens on August 13 — when Leicester City travel to Hull City to take on the Tigers in their return to the top flight after two seasons below.
Leicester City Manager Claudio Ranieri is already struggling to manage expectations for his team that skyrocketed from obscurity to the elite levels of world football, despite 5,000 to one betting odds against the Foxes winning the title before last season began.
“This time we start at 6000 to one,” Ranieri told the Italian newspaper La Gazetta della Sport. “Our objective to start the season with is to reach 40 points and stay up. Then, once we’ve reached that objective, we can raise the bar.”
Leicester City pulled off one of the most remarkable accomplishments not only in world football but in the entire sports world by winning the Premier League title in only their second season since gaining promotion. The BBC produced a short documentary on their remarkable story, which can be viewed in the video below.
To find out how to watch the Oxford United vs. Leicester City pre-season friendly match stream live, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. British Summer Time on Tuesday, July 19, at Kassam Stadium in Oxford, England.
Fans in the United States can log in to the live stream at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
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For Oxford United, who have not faced Leicester City since 1994 and have won just six of the 27 matches between the two clubs going back to 1961, the pre-season friendly may be their biggest moment of the 2016/2017 campaign.
“It’s a fantastic game for us and one I know the fans will be very excited about,” Manager Michael Appleton told the Oxford United FC online site. “What Leicester achieved this season was unbelievable and I’d like to thank them for agreeing to play us. They will be sending a full squad and have also agreed to let us have all of the gate receipts which is a terrific gesture.”
While the match will be the first of the 2016 pre-season for the Premier League title holders, Oxford United already have three games under their belt — and a 1-1-1- record — as they prepare for the League One campaign.
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ESPN3, the online-only network of sports giant ESPN, will carry the Oxford United Vs. Leicester City pre-season friendly match live online, with streaming video from Kassam Stadium in Oxford, England. Click on this link to watch the matchup reigning English Premier League champions make their return to the pitch for the first time since closing out their historic 2015/2016 season on May 15, against the newly promoted League One side Oxford United — legally and for free — on a computer or on mobile and set-top devices with ESPN3 on the WatchESPN app. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
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