Sunday, September 26, 2021

Prediction: Leicester City vs Wolves

Verdict: Leicester City & under four goals

Best Odds: 5/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to open this year’s Premier League campaign with a real flurry at the King Power this weekend, Leicester will host Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, while Leicester might have been left heartbroken to have thrown away a Champions League return at the final hurdle last season, The Foxes picked up what would have been a real morale boost last weekend. Making the trip to Wembley on Saturday evening, Brendan Rodgers’ side stunned many across England as they snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win against Manchester City as they lifted the Community Shield title in the capital. Adding another piece of silverware to their cabinet after claiming their first FA Cup against European champions Chelsea back in May, the former Liverpool boss has only seen his side gain a string of plaudits. Looking to open the new campaign with a flurry after their sluggish end to the 2020/21 season, it could be worth keeping an eye out for Kelechi Iheanacho this weekend. Bagging the winner against former club City at Wembley last week, the 24-year-old signed off last year’s run with 14 goals in his final 15 outings.

Team News

Suffering a horrific leg break in a pre-season friendly last week, defender Wesley Fofana looks set for an extended stint on the sidelines.

Likewise, young full-back James Justin is not expected to be back until after the international break after dealing with a long-term knee injury.

Wolves

As for the visitors, watching long-standing boss Nuno Espírito Santo end his tenure in the Midlands over the summer and make the move to Tottenham, Wolves have the feel of a club in the midst of a transition. Now under the guidance of new Head Coach Bruno Lage, the former Europa League outfit failed to pick up much of a morale boost during their pre-season preparations. Signing off their run with a 1-0 loss against La Liga side Celta Vigo on home soil, The Oranges won just a pair of their friendly contests, a run that saw them suffer defeats against the likes of Las Palmas and Crewe Alexander. Showing a host of issues last season and almost finding themselves stuck in Premier League limbo, Wolves will know that they could face a tough opening showdown this weekend. Hit with a 1-0 defeat when they made the trip to the King Power last season, it should be noted that Lage’s new squad have failed to win any of their last five straight trips to Leicester.

Team News

In a real blow for Wolves, it appears that their attacking duo of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence look set to miss out at the King Power this weekend.

Defender Willy Boly is still dealing with a knock he picked up during pre-season and is a doubt on Saturday.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Hit with a 1-0 defeat the last time they made the trip to the King Power, Wolves have failed to win any of their last five straight contests away at The Foxes.
    • However, three of the last four meetings between Saturday’s opponents have finished in a 0-0 draw.
    • Each of the last four meetings between Leicester and Wolves have produced just a single goal.
    • Kelechi Iheanacho signed off last year’s run with 14 goals in his final 15 outings.
    • Wolves managed to win just one of their final seven Premier League away fixtures last season.

    Conclusion

    Managing to lift the Community Shield after a stunning 1-0 win against Manchester City at Wembley last weekend, Leicester should be confident of picking up maximum points here. Looking to open the 2021/22 Premier League campaign with a statement at the King Power, the defending FA Cup champions should also be boosted by their eye-catching record against Saturday’s opponents on home soil. With Wolves showing some signs of a struggle with what was a sluggish pre-season run, new boss Bruno Lage appears to have a rebuilding job on his hands at Molineux. While the two sides might have a habit of producing low-scoring contests, we’re backing a home victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side this weekend.

    Verdict: Leicester City & under four goals

    Best Odds: 5/4

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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