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Huge clash near the bottom as Wolves welcome Leicester in must-win game
Leicester to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Molineux StadiumBet Now
Wolves have made the bold statement that they will not look to appoint another permanent manager until the New Year at the earliest.
Steve Davis, who took over on an interim basis after Bruno Lage was sacked, will remain as the head coach until they appoint a new manager in 2023.
It’s a move that could stabilise the club, allowing the man who’s already in the job to get to work, or could end in disaster with the players waiting until the New Year before their effort levels pick up again.
Leicester, on the other hand, have stayed behind Brendan Rodgers up until now. Their start to the season has been equally poor, but they have shown signs that they may be turning things around of late.
Both of their wins this season have come in their last four games, while another here could lift them out of the bottom three altogether.
There is much at stake here.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Won their last meeting with Leicester back in February
Ait-Nouri is back in contention after missing in midweek through illness
Reasons to be fearful:
Have scored just two goals in five games
Managerial situation could be a problem
We saw last season how playing under an interim manager for a longer period of time can hurt a club. Manchester United appointed Ralf Rangnick for a six-month spell that ended the season poorly.
On the other hand, Bournemouth have taken the same approach this season, keeping Gary O’Neil in charge for an extended period of time as caretaker manager, and he has managed to settle the ship.
Regardless of who is manager, Wolves need to score more goals. To have netted only five times this season is nothing short of a disaster.
Most teams have a single player who have scored as many as the entire Wolves team this season. Leicester themselves have scored 17.
If they cannot find a way to finishing off their good overall play, then their league position won’t improve.
Here, they’ll face a Leicester team with a bit of confidence about them – can they make their home advantage count?
Star Man – Diego Costa
The veteran centre-forward has been bustling and high-energy so far without getting on the scoresheet. Wolves need their number 9 to step up and produce at some point.
Reasons to be cheerful
Two wins from the last four shows improvement
Scored the highest number of goals in the top half
Reasons to be fearful
Have lost every away game this season
Conceded the most goals in the league
You have to whisper it, but Leicester could be at the early stages of turning their season around.
Brendan Rodgers has come in for a large amount of criticism so far this season, most of which has been deserved for his team’s dire performances.
With the squad that he has at his disposal, he should be faring much better. However, with two wins and a draw from their last four games, Leicester are starting to pick up points once more.
Those have all come at home of course. The Foxes are a much better proposition at the King Power Stadium, but they must now transfer this to their travels.
The Foxes have scored more than three times as many goals as their opponents and, although they have conceded a great deal more too, they must see that as a reason to press forward here.
Talisman James Maddison returns from his one-game suspension here.
Star Man – Harvey Barnes
The 24-year-old Englishman has three goals this season, including two in his last four. He is clearly very talented, but needs to produce with more consistency now.
Both sides will push for the win
Can Wolves score?
Can Leicester defend?
A win for either of these sides could help continue some of the positive signs we’ve been seeing of late.
At home, you feel that Wolves must take the game to Leicester, but they are relying on the ageing Diego Costa to be their main route to goal. They need more from others going forward.
Leicester have more proven goalscorers, with Maddison back to join the likes of Vardy and Barnes upfront.
It is Leicester’s greater firepower that perhaps puts them as favourites here.
Leicester to win 2-1
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