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Gary Lineker has bet against his boyhood club Leicester City winning the title.

Gary Lineker reveals what he will do if Leicester City win the league again this season

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Gary Lineker may well have been brought back down to earth this season.

Following Leicester City's mixed start to the campaign, the chances of his hometown club retaining the Premier League title seem very minimal indeed.

The former Leicester striker, now Match of the Day presenter, famously promised to present the first show of the season wearing nothing more than his underwear if his old club unbelievably managed to win the title.

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And once the miracle was eventually achieved, to the credit of the 55-year-old, he kept his promise.

However, while the Premier League trophy remains very much in the ownership of the Foxes, there will be very few, asides from the overly optimistic, who believe Claudio Ranieri's men can keep the trophy at the King Power Stadium for another season.

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And it seems that Lineker, too, is certain that the Foxes will be unable to recreate the unbelievable success of last season - with Leicester currently 14th in the league and 14 points shy of league leaders Liverpool.

Leicester written off

If his tweet was anything to go by, it revealed how low Lineker rates Leicester's chances amongst the Premier League heavyweights.

Writing on his Twitter account, Lineker said: "If Leicester retain the title I'll do the first MOTD next season naked, standing on my head while Shearer and Wrighty beat me with a stick."

But the Match of the Day presenter didn't deny his boyhood club the chance to set yet another record, with a rather bold prediction.

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In a further tweet, Lineker added: "Leicester could be the first team to win the Champions League and get relegated in the same season."

Indeed, the Foxes have made a fine start to life in the Champions League - with Ranieri's men yet to concede a goal and top of Group G with 10 points - but it will still take an even bigger miracle for Leicester to win Europe's elite club competition.

European heavyweight challengers

Ranieri's side could yet face the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus in the knock-out stages. 

But while Lineker's Champions League dream will likely prove to be too big an ask, Leicester's hopes of avoiding relegation are far more realistic.

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Following a shock 2-1 opening-day defeat away to newly-promoted Hull, the Foxes have produced just three wins so far this campaign. However, any chances of Leicester slipping back into the Championship remain unlikely.

The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have already set the standards for this season, and even the Leicester team of last campaign, with N'Golo Kante in the squad, would struggle to compete amongst this season's title contenders.

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Daniel Drinkwater
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