Wolves vs Leicester City – Betting Tips & Predictions – 19/01

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021

 

It’s West Midlands versus East Midlands on Saturday lunchtime at Molineux, with Wolverhampton Wanderers facing Leicester City. The Foxes are hunting their fourth victory in six Premier League games, while Wolves need to bounce back from consecutive Premier League defeats to Crystal Palace at home and Manchester City away.

Foxes gaffer Claude Puel is sure to have had his players working on set-piece plays this week in training. Out of the last 16 goals conceded in the Premier League by Wolves, 10 have come from set-pieces. Wolves will need to be sharp defensively, as Leicester have scored in 18 of their 22 league games this season. That is more than any other side outside of last season’s top six.

Wolves vs Leicester City Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Leicester

Our prediction for this game is that it will be a draw, though we do expect both teams to score. Leicester tend to score wherever they play, while Wolves will be keen to impress in front of their own fans. We expect the teams to cancel each other out a little bit, though it should still be an entertaining game for the fans and Sky Sports TV viewers. If the game goes as we expect, Wolves will put pressure on the Foxes early and score, before Leicester launch an exciting second-half fightback.

Our recommended tip: 1-1

Our featured tip for this game comes from Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. They are offering odds of 9/2 on this game ending in a 1-1 draw, which matches our prediction perfectly. While Wolves are at home, they have been somewhat inconsistent this season, while Leicester have been in good league form recently, taking some major scalps over the last couple of months. Home advantage will keep Wolves from losing, but they will be pushed hard by Leicester. This looks like being an exciting and tense game for the TV viewers, as well as the fans in the ground.

Previous matches

These teams have faced each other just three times in the Premier League, with each side winning once and there being one draw. Wolves’ only previous Premier League home game against Leicester was in October 2003, when they won 4-3, coming back from 3-0 down at half-time. The return fixture that season ended in a 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium.
More recently, the two sides faced each other earlier this season. Leicester won an eventful game at the King Power Stadium 2-0 back in August. A Matt Doherty own goal and a James Maddison strike gave City the points. Jamie Vardy was sent off in the second half.

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Players to watch: Jamie Vardy & Matt Doherty

Jamie Vardy remains an iconic presence at Leicester City. The former England striker is his team’s top Premier League scorer with seven goals to his credit in 2018/19. He showed in the win against Chelsea that he can be relied upon to pop with a vital goal when needed, even if his team is under tremendous pressure. Although not as young as he was when City won the title in 2016, Vardy is still a vital player for the Foxes.

Modern right backs do much more than just defend, and that is why we have selected Wolves’ Matt Doherty as a player who is worth keeping a close eye on this Satuday afternoon. The Irishman has weighed in with three goals and four assists in his 22 league matches in 2018/19, That tally of assists has him level with Wolves’ star striker Raul Jimenez. Leicester will need to watch the threat that comes from Wolves’ right flank.

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