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Leicester 0-0 Wolves: Stalemate at King Power

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 11 Aug 2019

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The new Premier League season is underway, with the majority of the division’s twenty clubs having played their first 90 minutes of football. Some fared better than others, as is the nature of the nature of the game, with one of the most intriguing games of the weekend taking place at the King Power Stadium, with both Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers possessing realistic ambitions of breaking into the top seven – if not top six – this year.

Lacking the spark

Wolves managed to claim seventh spot last season with Leicester finishing not too far behind, but this time around, it’s clear to see that there isn’t all too much to separate the two sides. During the opening exchanges both sides had their chances, with Leicester growing into the game after a bright start from the visitors. Diogo Jota had a great chance to open the scoring, but failed to take it, which would serve as a running theme for his day in Leicestershire.

As the first half came to an end it was clear to see that Leicester were in the ascendancy, pushing Wolves back and feeding off of the home crowd. When the second half got underway, however, it was a very different story. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men came forward with a real purpose, which led to the biggest moment of the game.

VAR controversy

Joao Moutinho whipped the ball into the box and was met by Leander Dendoncker, who slotted it into the back of the net to supposedly give Wolves the lead. However, a VAR review revealed that the ball had struck the arm of Willy Boly at close range, and whilst it was quite clearly an accidental incident, the new rules state that it doesn’t matter whether or not it was intentional – it needs to be ruled out.

Diogo Jota had another golden opportunity to give Wolves the lead but fluffed his lines, as the Foxes continued to grow in confidence. They carved out a few nice chances, but in the end, there was nothing substantial to work with as they hobbled towards a 0-0 draw.

Leicester will now prepare for a trip to Stamford Bridge in order to take on Chelsea, whereas Wolves have their Europa League second leg against Pyunik to worry about before they host Manchester United at Molineux.

Match Report

Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Chilwell (6.5), Soyuncu (7.5), Evans (7.5), Pereira (7.5), Ndidi (8), Maddison (7), Choudhury (7), Tielemans (7.5), Perez (6.5), Vardy (6), Barnes (6.5), Albrighton (6)

Wolves: Patricio (6.5), Bennett (7), Coady (7), Boly (8), Doherty (6.5), Dendoncker (7.5), Neves (6.5), Moutinho (7), Jonny (6.5), Jota (6.5), Jimenez (7), Saiss (6.5), Cutrone (6)

Referee: Andre Marriner

Goals: N/A

Yellow Cards: Neves, Jonny

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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