City 'will need to hit the ground running'
Leicester City must hit the ground running this season if they are to mount a promotion challenge, believe the three main supporters' groups.
City's opening fixture is a home clash with Peterborough.
They then face a tough run of games with trips to Charlton, Blackburn and Wolves, and home games against play-off finalists Blackpool, Burnley and Hull City.
Lance Tomlyn, of the Independent Supporters' Association, said it was vital City are quick out of the blocks.
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"It looks like Nigel Pearson's new-look side is going to have to hit the ground running if they are to get off to a good start," he said.
"It's important that you avoid teams in form at any given moment but, having said that, we have the knack of turning the form book on its head at times by losing to teams who haven't won in ages and then beating the in-form sides."
Matt Davis, of the Foxes Trust, said a good pre-season was vital for City.
"Out of the first eight games, we play away at two of the sides relegated from the Premier League, three of the top-five sides who didn't get promoted last season and also Chris Powell's Charlton who will certainly be up for it," he said.
"Stringing together a good set of early results will build confidence, but with those early fixtures we certainly need to hit the deck running after a good pre-season in order to do that."
Cliff Ginnetta, chairman of the Official Supporters' Club, said the fixture list was not as demanding this season on fans as in previous campaigns.
"I think the fixtures are quite good this season because there aren't too many long away midweek games," he said.
"Last season we had a lot of long treks and we ended up going to all sorts of places for evening games, like Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Southampton."
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson said his side will show no fear when they kick-off their Championship campaign against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on August 18.
City are again tipped as one of the favourites for promotion and the Posh boss knows it will be a tough early test for his side.
Ferguson said: "We know that Leicester are one of the big teams in this division.
"They have brought in three players I know well. Jamie Vardy is somebody we were interested in and Ritchie De Laet and Matty James have come from Manchester United."