Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Friday, February 14, 2020


Molineux

Punter's Pick

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Leicester City to Molineux in an intriguing clash between two teams battling for European places. Both sides will be dreaming of Champions League football next season if they can maintain their form going into the latter phase of the season but know any slip ups will allow their rivals to take advantage.

Wolves come into this game in patchy form, having won just one of their last six Premier League games. The team has performed well with any losses coming by the odd goal mixed with notable results such as a 3-2 win away at Southampton and a 0-0 draw against Manchester United. However a long season which started in July seemed to have caught up with their small squad and going into this game after a much needed break may just invigorate the players to go again. After this game the team will play a lot of sides in the bottom half of the table and if the likes of Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez can maintain their form they have every chance of maintaining their push for a European place. Nuno Espirito Santo will most likely look to keep things tight and compact with the likes of Conor Coady and Ruben Neves capable of distributing the ball long whenever they break up attacks for Traore to get in behind. The hold up play of Jimenez has also been excellent and much will depend on them if Wolves are to be successful.

Leicester City also had  a blip prior to the break with the side losing back to back games against lower table opposition in Southampton and Burnley. A 4-1 rout of West Ham got things back on track but they failed to overcome Aston Villa in the EFL Cup and then gave up a winning position to draw 2-2 with Chelsea. The most disappointing thing for Brendan Rodgers about that game would have been the two goals Antonio Rudiger managed to score from set pieces and the likes of Soyuncu and Evans will be keen to strip out those errors. It will be interesting to see if Leicester look to press on the front foot or also play their counter-attacking style which could result in a stalemate for long periods as that is the strategy of both teams. But with the battle for second heating up, the Foxes may need to seize the initiative and push their hosts from the start.

In team news Wolves will be buoyed by the news that Adama Traore will be available despite dislocating his shoulder against Manchester United. However Ruben Vinagre remains out with a hamstring injury.

Leicester will be sweating on the fitness of Wilfred Ndidi who is a doubt to play as he recovers from a knee operation. Ryan Bennett is also ineligible against his parent club but Wes Morgan and Matty James will both be pushing for starts.

This game certainly has the potential to be a cracker with the talent in both sides but the natural game of both managers is to set up to absorb pressure and hit their opponent on the counter. This is likely to make this a tight affair and backing under 2.5 goals with Bet365 at 4/5 looks a good shout. The reverse fixture earlier in the season backs this up as the teams played out a 0-0 at the King Power and this game could go a similar way. The corner market also offers good value as backing over 10 at 11/10 is tempting, give the two sides collectively hit 15 corners last time out.

Punter's Pick

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Leicester City to Molineux in an intriguing clash between two teams battling for European places. Both sides will be dreaming of Champions League football next season if they can maintain their form going into the latter phase of the season but know any slip ups will allow their rivals to take advantage.

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