Leeds United and Wolves look to kick off their 2022-23 Premier League season with victory in their clash at Elland Road.
Leeds United begin this season looking to avoid another relegation scrap, whilst Wolves will be eager to get a win to kick-start a push for European qualification this campaign.
Leeds will be without summer signing, Luis Sinisterra after he suffered a hamstring injury during pre-season.
Fellow summer signings; Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Darko Gyabi, Tyler Adams and Sonny Perkins could however be in line for their competitive debuts.
Liam Cooper (Achilles), Cody Drameh (hamstring) and Junior Firpo (knee) will be sidelined after suffering injuries during the summer break and pre-season respectively.
Luke Ayling, Adam Forshaw (both knee), Daniel James (suspension) and Stuart Dallas (thigh) remain absent.
Wolves will be without Raul Jimenez after the Mexican striker suffered knee and adductor injuries during an incident in pre-season.
Chiquinho (knee), Nelson Semedo, Adama Traore and Matija Sarkic (all hamstring) are also absent.
- Leeds have won just two of their last six Premier League meetings against Wolves (W2, D1, L3).
- Wolves are unbeaten in two of their three previous Premier League visits to Elland Road (W1, D1, L1).
- Leeds’ Rodrigo scored in both meetings against Wolves last season (W1, D1).
- Leeds have won three of their last five opening weekend fixtures in a new season (W3, L2), with both defeats coming in their first game of the last two seasons.
- Wolves have avoided defeat in four of their last five opening matches in a new season (W2, D2, L1).
If injuries were the story of Leeds’ season last time out, well it has certainly carried over into the new season which has to raise questions about Jesse Marsch’s training regime and playing style, because something clearly has to give given the size of their injury crisis before the season even began.
Wolves meanwhile are without their quality striker in Raul Jimenez but this is a chance for Hwang Hee-Chan to step up and establish himself as their lead forward, although the South Korean is their only centre-forward available which is a worry if he picks up an injury.
Now focusing solely on this match alone, I am expecting an attacking game which should hopefully provide entertainment, although Wolves should have the edge because I am not too overly confident on Leeds’ quality especially now Raphinha has left for Barcelona.
Prediction: Leeds 1-2 Wolves
Result: Leeds 2-1 Wolves