Wolves vs Leicester prediction: Wolves 1-1 Leicester
For the last three seasons, the top six of the Premier League has remained unchanged with the established big six creating a monopoly.
However, this time around, this is not the case and it’s largely thanks to these two clubs.
Leicester City are well on course for a top four place with Wolves hoping to qualify for Europe in back to back seasons for the first time since 1974.
This is a tough one to call but who will win this Midlands Derby at Molineux?
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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City: Who will win?
Wolves, as hosts, are slight favourites to win this match at 7/5.
Leicester City meanwhile are 19/10 to win at Molineux in a top flight game for the first time since 1981.
A draw is 23/10.
Under 2.5 goals is 8/11.
Both teams to score though is also 8/11.
Draw and both teams to score is 3/1.
Raúl Jiménez already has 20 goals to his name this season. The Mexican is 7/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to add to his tally.
Adama Traoré will also be a threat. The Spaniard is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime
Jamie Vardy meanwhile is the top scorer in the Premier League. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 2/1 to end his little barren run.
Kelechi Ịheanachọ has also been amongst the goals lately. The Nigerian is 5/1 to score first and 2/1 to net anytime.
Both Jiménez and Traoré to score is 14/1.
Both Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota to score is 33/1.
Both Ayoze Pérez and Jamie Vardy to score is 12/1.
Both Youri Tielemans and James Maddison to score is 66/1.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City: Match preview
After the mid-season break, will Wolves build up some momentum?
13 days ago, they drew 0-0 at Old Trafford in a game of few chances against Manchester United.
That saw them slip down to ninth place having only won one of their last six.
However, they’ve only lost six league matches all season; it is the 11 draws that are hindering them.
Nevertheless, that was already their 41st game of the season, way more than anybody else, so the two-week break will surely have done them good.
In six days time, they host La Liga’s bottom side Espanyol in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 clash.
They’ll, of course, want to go as far as they possibly can in that competition but Nuno Espírito Santo will be targeting continental football for next season too.
A win here would catapult them up to sixth, above Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United, for now at least.
Wolves have won both of their previous Premier League home matches against Leicester, amazingly though, both finished 4-3.
But, this’ll be their fifth Premier League match on a Friday.
Their only previous victory on that particular day of the week came in their most recent, against Manchester City in December.
Will they go into the business end of the season off the back of another statement win at home?
Leicester to leave Molineux with a win?
As for Leicester City, they are very well placed to be on a European tour of their own next season but, perhaps, of the more glamorous and financially rewarding variety.
They also drew with a member of the established top six a fortnight ago.
Goals from Harvey Barnes and Ben Chilwell saw them hold Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium
That means they have only won three of their last nine but that was preceded by an amazing eight-game winning run.
All of that means they are third, just two points behind Manchester City, and crucially ten points clear of fifth.
In 2016/17, as Premier League champions, they reached the Champions League quarter-finals, eventually losing to Atlético Madrid.
It may not be secured in as spectacular fashion but Champions League football could be returning to the KP for the second time in five seasons.
That was simply unthinkable five years ago.
Just like their hosts, Leicester are eyeing up glory in a cup competition.
They did crash out of the Carabao Cup last month, conceding a stoppage time goal to lose to Aston Villa in the semi-finals.
But, wins over Wigan and Brentford mean they are still in the FA Cup.
On 4 March, they’ll host Birmingham City and are big favourites to reach the quarter-finals
First though, Brendan Rodgers’ side will look to tighten their grip over a top four spot.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers team news vs Leicester City
With this game being on the Friday night, it gives Nuno Espírito Santo and his squad plenty of time to prepare for Thursday’s clash with Espanyol.
Given this, and the fact they’ve just come off a two-week break, Wolves will be at full strength.
As always, Rui Patrício will be in goal looking for his 18th clean sheet in, what will be, his 73rd Wolves appearance.
In defence, Willy Boly made his first appearance since 24 October at Old Trafford after a long spell on the sidelines.
He’ll continue alongside ever present captain Conor Coady but Leander Dendoncker is likely to return at Romain Saïss’ expense.
Matt Doherty, who’s been directly involved in 24 goals since the start of last season, will be on the right.
Likewise, Jonny will keep his place ahead of Rúben Vinagre on the other side.
In the centre, João Moutinho will, as ever, partner Rúben Neves.
They’ve completed 1,301 and 1,274 Premier League passes respectively this season meaning both are in the top 30 for that category.
In attack, Adama Traoré hobbled off at Manchester United but will be fit to start.
Alongside him, Pedro Neto could return with Diogo Jota back on the bench.
There, he’ll join Daniel Podence who joined from Olympiacos for £16.9 million last month.
Up front will be Raúl Jiménez.
He is the top scoring Premier League player this season with 20 club goals in all competitions.
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Leicester City team news vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
As for Leicester City, they too will be at full strength in an attempt to win this game.
If Kasper Schmeichel can keep his ninth clean sheet of the season here, he’ll go back joint-top of that category.
In defence, Ricardo Pereira has made 106 tackles this season, at least 18 more than anybody else.
The Portuguese international will line-up against a number of his international colleagues in an unchanged back four.
Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü are a very settled centre-back pairing and Ben Chilwell will be at left-back despite recent absences.
Ryan Bennett, who joined on loan from Wolves on Deadline Day, is ineligible so will have to wait for his debut for the club.
In midfield, Hamza Choudhury occupied the anchor role against Chelsea but Wilfred Ndidi should be fit to return.
Understandably, he’s been eased back in after surgery.
Further forward in the 4-1-4-1, Youri Tielemans should get the nod over fellow Belgian Dennis Praet.
James Maddison will also start.
He’s had 58 shots and created 64 chances this season; he is one of only three players to exceed 50 in both.
Out wide, Harvey Barnes has scored in three consecutive league matches for the first time; he’d only scored in two in his previous 39 league appearances beforehand.
This form should see him keep his place with Ayoze Pérez on the right.
Up front, Jamie Vardy is aiming to end a run of five Premier League appearances without a goal.
He last had a longer run without scoring between December 2016 and February 2017.
Despite this, he’ll continue to lead the line with Kelechi Ịheanachọ on the bench despite having scored six goals since the start of December.
Will Vardy’s drought end and will he fire Leicester to a victory across the Midlands?
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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