Czech minnows Fastav Zlin compared to Leicester City

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With eight points from their first seven Premier League games, it looks like a second miracle for the champions Leicester City is going to be too much to ask.

Last season, they defied 5000/1 odds to claim the first championship in their history, losing just three games in the process. They have already lost three this season and are ten points off the pace.

So we will have to look elsewhere for this season's fairytale story and you may need not look further than the Czech Liga where another potential underdog narrative is developing.

The club is called Fastav Zlin and they started the season as one of the favourites for relegation. They could be found at 900/1 to win the title. The provincial football club located in the east of the Czech Republic were happy just to be in the top flight but are now showing the big boys how it is done.

After nine games into the season, they find themselves five points ahead of perennial favourites Sparta Prague and just one point off top spot. Most impressively, they are the only team yet to be beaten in the current campaign.

According to MailOnline, Czech media are already labeling them 'Zlincester', who narrowly avoided the drop last season, finishing just three points above the relegation zone.

"It's a nice comparison," Zlin coach Bohumil Panik told reporters. "It pleases me. Leicester is, for a small club like us, an example to follow."

Small town team

But Zlin is certainly smaller than Leicester with a stadium capacity of 6,000, which fits almost 10% of the town's population (75,000).

The comparisons with Leicester do not stop with their results; they have adopted a very similar approach to the game, relying on a strong defence with a rapid counter-attack.

That wouldn't be possible without the pacey striker Dame Diop, who could well be Zlin's answer to Jamie Vardy after scoring four goals in just five league starts. He is supported by the imposing target man Haris Harba, who himself has a respectable three goals so far this season.

Founded in 1919, they have never won the title and made their debut in the top division in 1938. There's a long way to go before they match the achievement of Claudio Ranieri's men, but that's what we said about Leicester this time last year.

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