MATCH PREVIEW: LEICESTER CITY VS WOLVES, FOXES TO CARRY THEIR MOMENTUM OVER INJURY RIDDEN WANDERERS?
LEICESTER CITY VS WOLVES
Leicester City are set to host Wolves in their first Premier League game of the season on Saturday. Foottheball brings you the players to watch out for, team news, prediction and everything you need to know before kickoff.
After the Community Shield victory against Manchester City and a solid preseason on their back, Leicester City would be looking to compete in the title race again this season. A strong start would put them up front right off the bat. They have had a fruitful transfer window so far and we are about to see the results on their opening day. They have fixed a lot of areas in their squad sheet and if they reciprocate their progress on the pitch.
Wolves are equally strong paper but form-wise, they have had a string of poor performances last season. A team with enough quality for Europe was only able to finish 13th last season and had one of the worst attacking displays in the league. Although, things are looking promising for them on account of their main striker, Raul Jiminez’s return.
The player was suffering from a fractured skull the whole year and now luckily for them, Jiminez is back to work ahead of a challenging season. It is also going to be Wolves manager, Bruno Lage’s first competitive game in charge and the exciting new manager might shift the tide for the Wanderers.
Leicester City’s first-team centre back, Wesley Fofana was a victim of a horrific tackle in a preseason game against Villareal which has ruled him out for a few months. James Justin and Timothy Catsagne are also out injured. Although Jhonny Evans’s injury isn’t that serious, him making an appearance is doubtful.
Leicester City Probable Starting Lineup: K. Schmeichel; R. Bertrand, C. Soyuncu, D. Amartey, R. Pereira; Y. Teilemans, W. Ndidi; J. Maddison, H.Barnes, A. Perez; J. Vardy.
Although Wolves have a deep squad, their injury crisis is a major concern for the side. Pedro Neto, Willy Boly, Owen Otasowie and Daniel Podence are a few important players that are out injured for Wolves.
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— Raúl Jiménez (@Raul_Jimenez9) August 11, 2021
Wolves probable Starting Lineup: J. Sa; M. Kilman, C. Coady, R. Saiss; Marcal, N. Semedo, R. Neves, J. Moutinho; F. Trincao, A. Traore, R. Jimenez.
Tielemans is the brain at the heart of Leicester’s midfield. The Belgian did well in Euro 2020 and also has had a good year so far. He initiates the link-up play for the Foxes and had great figures in terms of progressive passes last season. He also had defensive prowess and is the definition of a modern-day number 8 midfielder. The player is in his prime and will have a huge impact on Leicester through the 90.
Although Raul Jiminez is their most valuable player, the striker has just recovered from his injury and it will take the player a few games to get in the run of things. Adama Traore is a key player for the team in the final third and although some might say he was disappointing last season, we beg to differ. Wolves were poor all around which in turn affected Adama’s game as well. His pace itself is enough to do a lot of damage and his overall game is great as well. Leicester will have to make sure Traore doesn’t cut in from the wing during counters. Although he isn’t good at crossing, he is well acquainted with making lethal passes inside the box.
Although both sides are equally matched on paper, Wolves will need time to get back on top since their new manager will have to sort their tactics out in the next few weeks. In the long run, Wolves are looking like a strong outfit but against Leicester, they are second favourites. Leicester are in great form and will start their camp strong as usual. FootTheBall predicts, Leicester 3-1 Wolves.