Steve Claridge believes Leicester City’s opening run of fixtures will not give a clear reflection of how they’ll do in the Premier League this season.

Nigel Pearson’s side appeared to have drawn the short straw when the fixtures were announced, with meetings against Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United in their first six games.

But after drawing 2-2 with Everton and losing 2-0 to second half goals away to Chelsea, Claridge believes the Foxes cannot be judged too soon.

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He told FootballFanCast: “The games that have come up early are tough games.

“The problem with the initial run that they have got is that it skews your view of the Premier League doesn’t it?  These are not the teams that they are going to be up against.

“Is that true reflection of their chances in the Premier League? Well probably not. Let’s see what they’re like after around 12 games, when they’ve played six top teams and then six teams who will be around them. Then we’ll have a better idea.”

And Claridge insists that he seen enough from their opening two games to believe Pearson has a good enough squad to avoid the drop back in to the Championship.

“You get the feeling they’ll be alright,” he admitted.

“They’ll give a lot of teams a good game this season.”

Steve Claridge was speaking at the Portsmouth Flagship Barclays Spaces for Sports site, Bransbury Park, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme.

The programme is a partnership between Barclays and the Football Foundation and has developed 200 community sports sites across the UK, supporting more than 40 different sports, since it was launched in 2004.

Spaces for Sports is part of Barclays’ commitment to change five million young futures – Barclays’ goal to build the next generation of global achievers by enabling them to develop enterprise, employability and financial skills.

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