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Behind Enemy Lines: Wolverhampton Wanderers

A look at the Foxes first opponents of the year

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Form: n/a

League position: 20th


What to expect

We actually know surprisingly little about this year’s Wolves side. After years of relatively predictably solid but unexciting fixtures against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, we’re coming up against a new look under former Benfica boss Bruno Lage.

The Portuguese manager may have some similarities to his predecessor, but we still have much to learn about how his version of Wolves look. In preseason he’s continued with the back 3 we’ve grown to expect from them, but might he want to return to the 4-man line he used at Benfica?

Preseason is not a perfect indictor, but their form already looks a little patchy. They managed a win and a draw against Coventry and Stoke, but bookended those with disappointing losses to Las Palmas and Celta Vigo.

If Leicester hope to build on the last couple of years, this is a game they need to be winning.

Key Player

The west-midlanders certainly felt the absence of Raul Jimenez last season, after their main goal threat was ruled out long term in a nasty collision that few who saw it will have forgotten.

He’s back now and, after a full preseason, will be looking to knock the goals in again. With the pace of Adama Traoré on one side and the trickery of new man Trincao on the other, teams may be tempted not to focus on the target man, but that would be a big mistake.

Fantasy Impact

Daniel Amartey looked like the obvious pick for this game, but the potential arrival of Jannik Vestergaard makes that a little less certain.

After a summer of watching the Euros from home, several foxes will be looking to fly out of the traps. Jamie Vardy usually scores plenty in the first half of the season, but I’m looking for Harvey Barnes to lead the way here.