Will We See a Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Molineux Stadium?
Last updated: February 12, 2020 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Leicester 0 – 0 Wolves|
While love may be in the air for some, the only thing on the minds of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City fans will be three points as the Foxes head into Wolves Territory. Forget Flowers and chocolates; there is pride to play for in the West Midlands on Friday night.
Few would have predicted that after three-quarters of the Premier League season gone, Wolves would be nestled in-between Manchester United and Arsenal in 9th place. Their league position would be higher if not for a patch of bad form which has seen them win just one in five games.
Despite this, Wolves have beaten Manchester City 3-2, played well in a credible 0-0 with Manchester United and held out till the 84th minute against runaway leaders Liverpool. They are also into the knock-out stages of the Europa League and have qualification for next year’s competition within their grasp, being just one point behind seventh-place Everton, and six points behind 4th placed Chelsea.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo is the Alpha of this Wolves park that has been consistent, with a great team spirit, and well-organized team in the back. Adama Traore has established himself as a talisman for the Wolves side with seven assists and three goals. He is arguably the best dribbler in the league currently and has caught the eye of Spanish giants Barcelona with Real Madrid who could be set to compete for the 24-years old Spaniard at the end of the season.
The Foxes were having another fairy tale campaign with a great run under Brendan Rodgers, winning eight consecutive matches earlier in the season, a run that took them to the dizzy heights of second place. This run included the record 9 – 0 thumping of Southampton. They were even considered as title favourites at some point in the season but have recently lost their sparkle. The poor run of form has seen them drifting further from the top two, with the chasing pack for the top four closing in. They currently sit eight points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea and Twelve ahead of sixth-placed Spurs with thirteen games to play, leaving 39 points for grabs, meaning it is by no means done and dusted for their quest for the top four.
They drew their last match, that was against Chelsea, who had a late goal by Rudiger to thank for the 2 – 2 scoreline against the Foxes. In that game, Barnes was on the score sheets for the third consecutive match with Chilwell scoring the other. Evergreen Jamie Vardy is having a sensational season, sitting on top of the goalscoring charts with 17, one goal ahead of Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero.
A weakness in the Leicester side is the lack of height which makes them vulnerable from set-pieces, as we saw against Chelsea. Only three teams in the Premier League have an average height below 180cm (Manchester City, Bournemouth and Leicester). They do struggle against physical sides, a fact that Wolves will be aware of. It will be interesting to see if Rodgers sticks with the zonal marking that was so ineffective at times against Chelsea or will the former Liverpool manager change tactics?
Wolves have just one win in the last five games but stay in the top half of the table at 9th.
Adama Traore is a big transfer target for Barcelona, and if reports are true that Real Madrid has joined the race, the move could command a huge transfer fee.
Jamie Vardy is the league top scorer with 17 goals while Barnes has scored in the last three consecutive games.
Leicester would leapfrog Manchester City into second place with a win on Friday night.
|Wolves (3-4-3):||Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Johnny, Jiménez, Raul, Jota|
|Subs:||Ruddy, Jordan, Neto, Prodence, Gibbs-White, Dendoncker, Kilman|
|Leicester (4-2-3-1):||Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Choudhury, Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy|
|Subs:||Ward, Justin, Fuchs, Albrighton, Gray, Praet, Iheanacho|
|Injured:||Mendy, Morgan, James, Amartey|
So Far This Season
|Wolves This Season||Leicester This Season|
|8 (4)||Wins (away)||15 (7)|
|2 – 0 v Watford||Biggest Win||9 – 0 v Southampton|
|11 (6)||Draws (away)||4 (1)|
|2 – 5 v Chelsea||Biggest Defeat||0 – 4 v Liverpool|
|Raul (11)||Top Goal Scorer||Vardy (17)|
|Y38, R2||Discipline||Y25, R0|
|3||Failures to Score||3|
|76%||Both Teams to Score Games||64%|
|44%||Over 2.5 Goals||68%|
|56%||Under 2.5 Goals||32%|
- Wolves and Leicester City have faced off five times so far in the League, Wolves winning twice against the foxes one win and just one draw between them.
- James Vardy will be the man to watch in this encounter as the League’s top goalscorer while Wolves maestro is Traore, who has seven assists (the highest between the two sides).
- The visitors have two wins win in the last five Premier League games while the hosts have one win in five.
- Wolves have an average of 1.56 chances created per match compared to the fox’s 2.12 chances and an average of 1.4 goals per match against Leicester’s 2.16 goals per match.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|11/08/2019||EPL||Leicester 0 – 0 Wolves||—|
|19/01/2019||EPL||Wolves 4 – 3 Leicester||Jota 4′|
|18/08/2018||EPL||Leicester 2 – 0 Wolves||Maddison 45’|
|28/02/2004||EPL||Leicester 0 – 0 Wolves||—|
|18/11/2017||EPL||Wolves 4 – 3 Leicester||Ferdinand 11’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Both teams are struggling with consistency with Wolves winning just once in the last eight in all competitions, Leicester are not much better with two. The winter break was kind for Wolves with Adama Traore afforded time to recover from an injury sustained while playing Manchester United and for Leicester, the man to watch will, of course, be the Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy.
Despite Wolves being undefeated in 10 of their last 11 home matches against Leicester, we feel the Vardy effect will come into play. For a brace for the former England star, you’ll get 10/1 at 888sport. If you are brave, the hattrick is priced @ 50/1.