Leicester hold the last unbeaten record in England, but tougher tests await

The Foxes are the only team in England's top four flights not to lose in any competition this season - can they keep it up when Arsenal visit on Saturday?

Leicester City in the Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship and Portsmouth in League 2.

Those are the only unbeaten teams in the England’s top four football flights as autumn officially begins with today’s September Equinox.

Whereas Brighton and Portsmouth have both been knocked out of the Capital One Cup, Leicester showed on Tuesday night just how stubborn their refusal to be beaten is, dispatching West Ham United in extra time to progress to the fourth round of that competition.

The Foxes must already be exhausted, having started this season as they finished the last – with a lung-busting, flat-out sprint.

Beyond spirit and determination and other such attributes, Claudio Ranieri’s 23-man squad also has undeniable talent, and a star in the making in Riyad Mahrez.

But they also possess the oldest squad in the Premier League, as detailed by transfermarkt.com with an average age of 28.7 years.

So far, four of the six teams they have played in the Premier League have been in the lower half of the table, with Sunderland, Stoke City and Aston Villa currently making up three of the bottom four.

Their run gets much tougher between now and Christmas, starting on Saturday when Arsenal visit the King Power Stadium.

Then, from the end of November, the Foxes must contend with the following run of fixtures: Manchester United (H), Swansea (A), Chelsea (H), Everton (A), Liverpool (A), and Manchester City (H).

Every year, one or two teams start better than expected before fading in the second half of the season.

Last season, Leicester proved they can finish strong. After their bright start this term, let’s see how they do in the middle stretch.

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