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Wolves v Leicester predicted XIs: Team news as Rodgers suggests new role for his ‘fire-fighter’

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:13, 19 February 2022 | Updated: 17:15, 24 November 2022

Wolves are seeking to build on their Premier League momentum when they host Leicester City at Molineux on Sunday afternoon (16:30 UK time).

Bruno Lage’s men head into this latest round of fixtures on the back off winning four of their previous league clashes and last time out ran out impressive 0-2 winners at Tottenham, which leaves them sitting in seventh and several points below Manchester United, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot albeit Wolves have a few games in hand.

As for the Foxes they’ve been experiencing a few struggles of late. They come into this weekend’s meeting looking to end a four-game winless run. This poor run has seen Brendan Rodgers’ side fall down the championship table. Leicester, who are a few games behind those around them, are in 11th place on 27 points.

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Wolves team news vs Leicester:

  • Ins: Joao Moutinho
  • Outs: None
  • Doubts: Pedro Neto, Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera

There’s good news for Wolves with Joao Moutinho, Yerson Mosquera, Pedro Neto and Willy Boly all declared available for the Leicester City game. It remains to be seen whether any of the quartet features. Hwang Hee-chan, who made a nine-minute cameo last weekend, is expected to start on the bench.

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Predicted Wolves XI vs Leicester:

  • Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Jimenez, Podence (3-5-2).

Leicester team news vs Wolves: 

  • Ins: None
  • Outs: Jonny Evans, Timothy Castagne, Jamie Vardy, James Justin, Wesley Fofana and Ryan Bertrand
  • Doubts: James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu

Foxes boss Rodgers is hopeful Ricardo Pereira features in the Midlands derby after being given the week off to aid his recovery from the broken leg he sustained in December. He’s not the only full-back that is doubtful with left-back Luke Thomas picking up a hamstring strain which kept him out of their UEFA Europa Conference League tie with Randers.

Either absence is certain to see Marc Albrighton coming into Rodgers’ starting lineup, the versatile midfielder is no stranger to playing in either position.

“He’s an amazing professional,” Rodgers told reporters. “Wherever there’s a fire in the team, he puts it out.

“He was going to play right-back (against Randers) and then late on we had to move him to the left side. He goes in and he’s aggressive, he plays the role very well.

“He’s a great reference for our players and our club. He’s a very honest professional and whatever he’s asked to do he gives it 100%. He’s a great role model for our young professionals.”


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Predicted Leicester XI vs Wolves:

  • Schmeichel; Pereira, Amartey, Vestergaard, Albrighton; Tielemans, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall; Lookman, Daka, Barnes (4-3-3).