Attractive Midlands encounter between Leicester and Wolves sure to be great entertainment
Leicester to win 2-1
Though not in the traditional ‘big six’, these two teams are now well-established top clubs who have set their sights on challenging those bigger clubs for the main trophies.
Leicester are certainly one of those challengers, and seem to be out for some element of revenge this season – they finished just outside the top four on the final game of the season, after spending much of it 3rd or higher.
They’ve rediscovered their fine form from earlier in the season, winning their previous two matches after losing two back to back. They now look at the peak of their powers again.
They will need to be at their best to beat Wolves, however, who have also improved recently. Currently in 6th, one place higher than where they finished last season, they are unbeaten in four and claimed vital points.
Though not as free-flowing as Leicester, their solidarity is well-know and will present a significant challenge to Leicester.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Haven’t lost to Wolves at home since 1971
Look in great form with key players fit and firing
Reasons to be fearful:
Thursday’s Europa League fixture may leave them fatigued
Defensive injuries remain, although Jonny Evans should return
Leicester should take great credit for the way which they have turned around their form in the past couple of weeks, winning in back to back fixtures after losing the previous two.
It looked as though their luck had changed and they would continue to slip down the league standings, though the return to fitness of Jamie Vardy has helped a great deal.
The striker now has seven goals this season and should be fit and ready for the weekend having been rested for Leicester’s Europa League victory in midweek. James Maddison is looking in fine form too.
Having Jonny Evans back in central defence, after missing three matches through injury, will be a big boost, though they are still missing others in this area: full backs Castagne and Pereira as well as centre back Soyuncu.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
His return to fitness has coincided with Leicester’s return to form. He plays a massive role in their hopes for this season.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Have quietly risen up the table to 6th
Adjusted well to losing key players in the transfer market
Reasons to be fearful
Leicester are on a fantastic scoring run
Wolves have struggled to score multiple goals in games
Wolves have been slightly less artistic in front of goal than their opponents this weekend, scoring fewer goals and finding it a little harder to win matches.
Nevertheless, they have won important matches and sit only two points behind Leicester going into this one and could move into the top four with a win.
Earlier in the season, there was no doubt that they were struggling to cope with the loss of Diogo Jota to Liverpool and Matt Doherty to Spurs. There now seems to be a better balance to the team, however.
Their current run of four wins from the last five is as good as any in the league and even if they don’t score as many as some (the lowest in the top 12 teams), they are often more solid at the back.
Star Man – Aït-Nouri
19-year-old French left-back excelled on his debut, scoring to help Wolves to victory.
A tough match to call
Leicester will enjoy being at home, but aren’t clear favourites
Battle between Vardy and Jimenez will be interesting
Even though Leicester are higher in the league and play this match at home, they are by no means clear favourites.
Wolves are a tough team to play against, even if they do not score as many goals. Although Leicester have scored four goals in each of the last two matches, they will find hitting the net a lot harder this time around.
The battle for goals between top strikers Vardy and Jimenez could be an entertaining watch, in a match which could go either way.
Leicester to win 2-1