Preview - Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 August 19

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Match Day 1
Leicester City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday, August 11th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City: 
Last five matches form: L D W L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Jamie Vardy (18)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.24
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.21
Top Scorer (18/19): Raúl Jiménez (13)

We should be in for a cracker at the King Power on the opening Sunday of the Premier League season, as Leicester City play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Having finished last season strongly under Brendan Rodgers, Leicester will be looking to carry on where they left off. Wolves meanwhile were excellent throughout in 2018/19 on their way to an impressive seventh placed finish.

It was honours even between the sides last season. Leicester winning this game 2-0 and Wolves coming out on top in a 4-3 thriller at Molineux.

No injury concerns reported at present as both sides look set to head into the game at full strength.

There aren't too many sides who wouldn't be weakened at the back by the departure of Harry Maguire and Leicester City are no different. They do look to have strengthened at the other end though, with the guile of Ayoze Perez an intriguing addition to the front line.

It will be tough for Wolves to improve on what they achieved last term, and they will be keen to avoid second season syndrome. They do look to have all the tools in place to do well once again though and have made a number of sensible rather than spectacular additions to the squad.

This looks a tough one to call. Wolves may just be the more settled side though and can pick up a point in what may be an entertaining encounter.


Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  14 - 6
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 12 -3
Possession:  70% - 30%

Two bookings at the King Power Stadium, both for the away side, with referee Andre Marriner taking the names of Jonny Otto and Ruben Neves.

Brendan Rodgers will likely be pretty pleased with the amount of possession Leicester retained in this one, and their can be little doubt that they looked to be the dominant side for the majority of the game. Only two efforts on goal from so much possession was a little disappointing though, and for a minute or so it even appeared that they had lost the match.

A fairly poor performance from both sides from an attacking perspective in the opening period, with increasingly wild efforts from distance being the best both the Wolves and Foxes could manage. 0-0 at the break.

Wolves had an excellent chance to take the lead right at the start of the second half when Raúl Jiménez was sent scampering clear in the right channel. The Mexico international doing well to cut inside and fashion the space for a shot, but dithering too long before firing a weak effort at the keeper.

Then in the 51st minute Wolves did have the ball in the net. A corner being swung in from the right and nodded down by Willy Boly for Leander Dendoncker to sweep home. A handball from Boly was spotted upon consultation with VAR though and the effort chalked off.

Diogo Jota had a chance to make amends just three minutes later but blazed well wide when well-placed in the area.

For all of their possession, Leicester were continuing to largely rely on set-pieces and efforts from range for the chances which did come their way. 0-0 final score.

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