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Match Preview: Wolverhampton vs Leicester City

Leicester start their road trip with a stop at the Molineux

Wolverhampton 11th (8-5-9) vs Leicester City 8th (9-4-9)

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Claude Puel’s Foxes may be glad they’ve got a bit of reprieve from the home fans with their next two matches away from the King Power. It seems like anyone who’s watched half a second of soccer to “experienced” pundits has an opinion on Leicester’s situation and what should be done with Puel, but away trips mean the team is forced to be around each other more and maybe they can come together with a solution for the issues at hand.

The Opposition

Wolves were undone quite rapidly in their last match against Manchester City, taking only 10 minutes to allow their first goal. Willy Boly then did the unfortunate deed of making the kind of tackle only top players from big six clubs can get away with, and was sent off in the 19th minute. Wolves have had a similar season to Leicester’s, with the ups and downs and weird results against higher or lower sides, but a lot less is said about them because this is their first season back in the Premier League. They also get tagged with an expansive offense, but have scored three less goals than Leicester, and strangely have allowed three more as well.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
One of Wolves better results as of late is their FA Cup victory over Liverpool.

The Foxes

I’m strangely optimistic going into this match. Wolves have lost their last two home matches 2-0, which is also the result Leicester earned at home against them in August. A win here could go such a long way, especially if Arsenal were to lose, which would bring us with only seven points from cracking the top six. Now I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but if Leicester can magically get a run of results going, they could realistically get that high.

Leicester City v Southampton FC - Premier League
It’s been a strange and frustrating time for Puel at Leicester.
Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

The Prediction

I think Leicester turn it around and make a dramatic goal in the 85th minute to win 2-1. If that shouldn’t happen, Leicester need to score the first goal. Leicester have rarely scored the first goal all season, but the last time was against Everton, and they will be in a prime position to win if they can just find the net before Wolves.