2020-21 Premier League: Week Eight – Leicester vs Wolves

Leicester City welcome Midlands rivals, Wolves to the King Power Stadium in the second part of a Super Sunday quadruple header. 

Victory will put Leicester top ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City in late afternoon, as Wolves look to climb above their hosts and potentially as high as the summit with a win if Tottenham fail to beat West Brom at lunchtime.

 

Team News

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Jonny Evans could return in defence for Leicester after failing to recover sufficiently from a back injury to feature in Thursday’s four goal Europa League mauling of Braga.

Timothy Castagne (hamstring) and Ricardo Pereira (knee) are on course to be available for selection after the international break, whilst Caglar Soyuncu (muscle), Daniel Amartey (hamstring) and Wilfred Ndidi (adductor) remain absent indefinitely.

Wolves could welcome Fernando Marcal back after a small fitness issue kept him out of last weekend’s victory over Crystal Palace.

Jonny remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury.

 

Stat Attack

  • Leicester are unbeaten in four of their last five meetings against Wolves in all competitions excluding penalties (W1, D3, L1).
  • Wolves have won just one of their last 24 trips to Leicester in all competitions (W1, D9, L14).
  • No English midfielder has produced more shots on target this season than Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, who has fired eight of his 18 shots onto target.
  • Willy Boly and Leander Dendoncker have won more aerial battles than any other Wolves player, winning 21 aerial battles apiece in seven and six appearances respectively.
  • No Belgian player has had more touches on the ball so far this season in the Premier League than Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, with Tielemans touching the ball 573 times in seven appearances.

 

Prediction

Leicester look unstoppable going forward at present because they have really found an exciting tempo which seems to be consistent in recent matches despite squad rotation with four goals in each of their last two games across all competitions, especially with Jamie Vardy set to return with his high pressing tactics which will test Wolves’ defence.

Wolves however seem to have finally found their goal scoring boots again following a period of experimentation but wasted various chances against Crystal Palace last weekend, although if they can build on that here then this could be a cracker given that the Foxes’ defence were sloppy at times against Braga on Thursday.

Leicester however has been Wolves’ bogey ground in recent seasons which will provide a physiological barrier for Wolves’ players but if they defend well then I can see a score draw otherwise Leicester should edge this if they continue their recent strong performances.

Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Wolves

Result: Leicester 1-0 Wolves

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