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Wolves vs Leicester: Predictions
Leicester have been in a rich vein of form since the turn of the year and currently find themselves in third, just five points behind current Premier League front-runners Manchester City. And Brendan Rodgers will now look to maintain that purple patch when they take on an out-of-form Wolves.
The hosts have stuttered under Nuno Espirito Santo this season and currently sit precariously in the bottom half of the table, but a narrow 2-1 win over nine-man Arsenal last time out should give the Molineux club a boost heading into this fixture.
That was Wolves’ first Premier League win since the start of 2021, with Espirito Santo overseeing defeats to West Brom in the Black Country derby, Crystal Palace and Everton in that time. He will now aim to generate some momentum and win back-to-back league games for only the second time this campaign.
However, even without Jamie Vardy in recent outings, Leicester have maintained their intensity levels, securing points at Everton and Fulham, but a 3-1 defeat against Leeds between those games exposed the Foxes’ soft underbelly without their leading marksman, and Wolves will look to pull off a similar upset.
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Wolves vs Leicester: Match Stats
In recent matches this has not been a high-scoring fixture, and without prolific strike duo Raul Jimenez and Jamie Vardy (who, incidentally could return for this game but will no doubt be a tad rusty), that pattern of play is likely to remain unchanged. There have been under 1.5 goals scored in four of the last five games, including back-to-back goalless draws last season.
But, if there is to be a goal then don’t write off James Maddison. The Leicester playmaker has been directly involved in 12 goals across his last 12 games in all competitions, scoring six and assisting six, including two in the Fulham victory, setting up both goals for Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin.
08 November 2020 – Leicester 1-0 Wolves – Premier League
14 February 2020 – Wolves 0-0 Leicester – Premier League
11 August 2019 – Leicester 0-0 Wolves – Premier League
19 January 2019 – Wolves 4-3 Leicester – Premier League
25 September 2018 – Wolves 0-0 Leicester – League Cup
This fixture was a box-office bomb last season as both teams played out 0-0 draws across the two games, while this season, another blank fired from Wolves made it three games on the spin in which they have failed to breach Kasper Schmeichel’s net. A Jamie Vardy penalty settled the tie back in autumn, and the experienced forward will be hoping to get on the pitch this weekend and mimic those exploits.