Wolves v Leicester Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City

Premier League Sat, 19/01, 12:30 Stadium: Molineux Stadium

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Games involving Wolves are rarely high scoring or free flowing, with just 32% of their games involving 2.5 goals or more. A 1-1 stalemate is a real possibility, and can be backed at 6/1 with Bet365. Leicester are also available at a tempting 5/4 for a win & no draw no bet with the same firm.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Two curious and brilliantly inconsistent teams came face to face this Saturday, in a game that could be a potential thriller, or in turn a dull 0-0 stalemate. The Premier League weekend kicks off with a game with scarce clues as to how it will shape up, with both teams capable of turning it on, or not turning up at all in equal measure.

 

No clear form horse coming into this fixture

Whilst memorable, successive wins against Chelsea and Manchester City either side of Christmas should have served as a springboard for a productive second half of the season, Leicester have only won once since then. A 1-0 victory over Everton has been punctuated with home defeats against relegation threatened Cardiff City and Southampton, as well as an embarrassing cup exit at the hands of Newport County. With a run of fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to follow, the Foxes will feel like they need a result going into that run of tough games.

 

Wolves also approach this fixture coming off some inconsistent results – a brillant 3-1 victory away to Spurs was followed by a deflating 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, followed  by an expected away defeat at champions Manchester City. Of more concern will be their home form, which has yielded only two wins in their last seven games, with the other five games all ending in defeat.

 

Discontent under Puel justified?

Despite a respectable current eighth place in the PL, speculation continues about the long term future of Leicester manager Claude Puel, with fans unhappy about a range of issues such as tactics, style of play and the perceived under utilization of Jamie Vardy’s strengths. Puel in his defence has had to contend with Leicester losing several key members of their title winning team (Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez) and not being replaced with anything like the same quality. Fans could therefore be forgiven for querying what is the long term ambition of the former champions. With a top six finish looking increasingly unlikely and having exited both cup competitions, fighting for seventh place seems to be not enough to convince supporters about the direction Puel is taking the club and how he keeps the players motivated between now and the end of the season.

 

Boly suspension a concern for the home team, will Leicester shuffle the pack?

Key defender Willy Boly will be missing for the home team following his sending off against Manchester City. Given his commanding performances at the heart of Wolves’ defence alongside captain Conor Coady, Leicester may look to exploit the potential lack of pace in the hosts’ defence Boly’s absence creates with the rapid Jamie Vardy.

 

Leicester themselves may choose to shuffle the pack after failing to sufficiently break down 10 man Southampton last time out, with the pace of Demarai Gray a potential effective weapon from the start after coming off the bench in last week’s defeat. Rachid Ghezzal continues to find the going tough in his attempt to replace compatriot Riyad Mahrez and again may be consigned to the substitutes bench.

 

Low scoring draw a possibility

Both teams are fairly content to sit back and try to play on the counter, which could leave this game as a potential stalemate with both sides not keen to over commit. Leicester’s recent away form suggests they are happier playing on the road, whilst Wolves’ home form does not inspire great confidence. Both teams may be happy just not to lose, so a tense and tepid affair is a real possibility.

Games involving Wolves are rarely high scoring or free flowing, with just 32% of their games involving 2.5 goals or more. A 1-1 stalemate is a real possibility, and can be backed at 6/1 with Bet365. Leicester are also available at a tempting 5/4 for a win & no draw no bet with the same firm.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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