Wolverhampton entertain Leicester at Molineux Stadium
Last updated: January 18, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Leicester 2 – 0 Wolves|
Since the tragic accident in which the Chairman and Owner of Leicester City perished, the club has been managing to maintain a proffesional standard, and high quality of football. Even with this tragedy, the club managed to focus it’s efforts on fulfilling the legacy of the Chairman and will continue to battle for every game in the league. They open proceedings for the weekend of Premeir League fixtures this Saturday, in a mid-table clash at the Molineux, as they take on Wolverhampton.
Battling on home turf will be an ideal scenario for Wolverhampton. Although their home form has been a bit shaky of late, they do like to dictate the pace of matches and have proven their ability to demonstrate an attractive brand of attacking football under manager Espírito Santo. With a strong Portuguese band of midfielders, Wolverhampton has been the most impressive of the three teams who won promotion to the Premier League last season. The attacking possession-based philosophy has proven effective, and the club finds themselves well clear of the relegation battle woes of their rivals.
Leicester have been inconsistently brilliant this season. In the previous five matches in the league they have beaten the likes of Man City, Chelsea (away) and Everton: but were unable to capitalise on very favourable home fixtures against Cardiff and Southampton. With this inconsistency plaguing the team, they still manage to find themselves sitting comfortably in the top half of the table. They will go into this one hoping to ignite that same philosophy and ability they have shown in previous outings.
The game will undoubtedly be a tight affair. The nature of this fixture suggests a very cagey first half, with both teams venturing further up the field, and taking more risks in the second half. Either way, it is unlikely that we will witness a goal fest here as these two teams tend to have low-scoring games in the majority of their recent fixtures.
The young English talent Gibbs-White will be likely to make his an appearance after an impressive run of games.
Joao Moutinho could be sidelined after coming off early last week against Manchester City.
Leicester City will turn to talisman James Maddison as they seek to impose a high-pressure game on the hosts.
Jamie Vardy confirmed he will be in the mix this Saturday, looking to expand on his relatively dry goalscoring record this season.
|Wolves (3-4-3):||Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Johnny, Costa, Jimenez, Cavaleiro|
|Subs:||Rudy, Saiss, Gibbs-white, Vingre, Dendoncker, Traore, Bonatini|
|Leicester (4-3-3):||Schmeichel, Morgan, Maguire, Pereira, Chilwell, Albrighton, Mendy, Ndidi, Maddison, Choudhury, Vardy|
|Subs:||Barnes, Gray, Ghezzal, Soyuncu, Ward, Iheanacho, Simpson|
So Far This Season
|Manchester United This Season||Wolves This Season|
|8 (4)||Wins (away)||9 (5)|
|1 – 3 v Tottenham||Biggest Win||3 – 1 v Huddersfield|
|5 (3)||Draws (away)||4 (2)|
|3 – 0 Man City||Biggest Defeat||4 – 2 v Bournemouth|
|Jimenez (6)||Top Goal Scorer||Vardy (7)|
|Y39, R1||Discipline||Y34, R4|
|7||Failures to Score||4|
|58%||Both Teams to Score Games||65%|
|32%||Over 2.5 Goals||41%|
|68%||Under 2.5 Goals||59%|
- Raul Jimenez is Wolverhampton’s top scorer with 6 goals. Jamie Vardy has scored 7 times for Leicester.
- During the last 12 meetings with Wolverhampton playing at home, Wolverhampton have won 4 times, there have been 6 draws while Leicester have won 2 times. The goal difference is 18-14 in favour of Wolverhampton.
- Leicester’s last away win against Wolverhampton was in 2006.
- Both teams are lethal in front of goal but both have frailties at the back. It will be a tight battle and one that may require a moment of brilliance from one of the many talisman on the pitch to unlock this one.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|25/09/2018||EFL Cup||Wolves 0 – 1 Leicester (After Penalties)||—|
|18/08/2018||EPL||Leicester 2 – 0 Wolves||Doherty (OG) 29′|
|29/07/2017||Friendly||Wolves 1 – 0 Leicester||Cavaleiro 60′|
|31/01/2013||EFL Championship||Leicester 2 – 1 Wolves||Knockaert 24’|
|16/09/2012||EFL Championship||Wolves 2 – 1 Leicester||Ebanks-Blake 13’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Although this is a pretty tough game to call, there are obvious signs that Wolverhampton will have the guile to take this one to the house. Take them to win at 11/8 with NetBet.