Championship preview: Leicester City

Neil Danns
Neil Danns has become Leicester's most important midfielder since signing from Crystal Palace last season. Photo: PA

Manager: Nigel Pearson

Position last season: 9th

Nickname: The Foxes

Ground: King Power Stadium

Capacity: 32,262

Players in: Ritchie de Laet and Matty James (Manchester United, undisclosed), Jamie Vardy (Fleetwood, £1million), Marko Futacs (Portsmouth, undisclosed compensation), Zak Whitbread (Norwich, free)

Players out: Sol Bamba (Trabzonspor, undisclosed), Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers, free), John Pantsil, Steve Howard, Elliott Chamberlain, Matt Oakley, Aleksandar Tunchev, Darius Vassell and Franck Moussa (all released), Matt Mills (Bolton, undisclosed), Chris Weale (Shrewsbury, free), Lee Peltier (Leeds, undisclosed)

Key man: Neil Danns (pictured) has become instrumental in the Foxes' midfield since signing from Crystal Palace last summer. His energy and creativity will be vital as the side look to mount a promotion push.

Chances: Narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season. Will finish in the top six at least this time round and should challenge for an automatic promotion place.

ITV prediction: 3rd