An up-and-down performance saw Leicester City take down newly-promoted Wolverhampton 2-0. For the first half hour of the match the Foxes struggled immensely, and with a little less luck would’ve fallen behind by a goal or two. Thankfully, Matthew Doherty then rocketed a header into his own net and put City ahead and, as always seems to happen, changed the flow of the game. From that point on Leicester seemed to comfortably be the better team - despite Jamie Vardy’s 70th minute red card - and controlled the game, though neither side created too many dangerous chances.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
Despite Wolves’ dominance for the first 30 minutes, and man-advantage for the last 20, Kasper didn’t actually have much to do as the woodwork was busier on the day. Still, he dealt with what came his way.
Ricardo Pereira - 7.5
He was caught out a few times in defense, but pushed forward with extreme confidence and picked up his second assist of the season.
Jonny Evans - 5
The new-man was targeted repeatedly in the first half hour and couldn’t cope. Wolves players ran past him with regularity and he was lucky the team didn’t concede a goal as a result.
Harry Maguire - 6.5
Better than Evans, but still not at his best. He didn’t make many defensive interventions and didn’t maraud forward.
Ben Chilwell - 8
It was another stellar performance for Chilwell. He terrorized the opponents with his runs forward and made a number of important defensive interventions, including a goal-line clearance.
Ben Chilwell in the first half vs Wolves:— bet365 (@bet365) August 18, 2018
- Most passes
- Most touches
- 0 times dispossessed
- 100% of dribbles completed
- 100% of tackles won
- 94% pass completion
- A clearance off the line
Wilfred Ndidi - 7.5
Three tackles, three interceptions, four clearances (whoscored.com), and no mistakes. Just another routine performance for Wilf.
Nampalys Mendy - 7.5
Got a surprise start and, perhaps for the first time, showed why Leicester bought him. He popped up when needed in defense, and made the most passes of any Fox with 49, with an impressive 96 percent pass accuracy.
Marc Albrighton - 6.5
Not his best day. Didn’t threaten in attack and was frequently inaccurate with his passes. However, it was his dangerous cross that Doherty headed in for an own-goal.
James Maddison - 7.5
No player symbolized the flow of the game more than Madders. Hardly touched the ball in the first thirty minutes, but exerted his will more after that and grabbed his first goal with the club with a deflected shot from outside of the box.
Demarai Gray - 7
As always, he ran at the defense whenever he had the chance. With Maddison and Chilwell around him, he’s also starting to connect with teammates a bit more.
Jamie Vardy - 4.5
Wasn’t much of a threat while on the pitch and of course received a red card that will land him a three-game suspension. It was a tough red for Vardy as there was no intent and he did win the ball, but the follow-through was a dangerous one.
Daniel Amartey - 6
He didn’t have much to do after being subbed on in the 59th minute, but at least he didn’t use his arms this time.
Adrien Silva - 6
Came on in the 81st minute and held steady despite seeing very little of the ball.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 6.5
Came on alongside Silva and also saw very little of the ball, but did threaten the defense with an impressive run on one occasion.
It was a weird one as Leicester City seemed to be the better side for about two thirds of the match, but on the balance of total chances still should have lost. There was also more excitement than the quality of each side’s chances would normally produce, but Wolves’ players threatened with long-range attempts that repeatedly came close.
Still, the team will happily take the three points, especially considering they were robbed of them a week ago. Despite the unsteady flow of play, there were a few Foxes that impressed. The Man of the Match, however, had to once again be Ben Chilwell. That makes two in two weeks for the young left back. Not bad.