Match Preview, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League, King Power Stadium, Sun, 11.08.2019

Leicester City will open their Premier League season at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. The game is live on telly, but that will not affect the crowd, as we all believe there will be a full house at King Power Stadium.

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Leicester City have no worries in front of the game and can most certainly play their best team, but believing Wilfred Ndidi will not start the game and could be also missing the action in full as he is recovering after a busy African Nations Cup, going all the way to the semi’s.

Leicester City’s pre-season must be seen as almost perfect, a good hand of games all won and great display in all games. The fact that Harry Maguire left for Manchester United was probably no surprise for anyone as that move has been on for the last month or so.

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Leicester City will most certainly field two of their new faces, Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans with the third addition James Justin being named on the bench. Especially Perez is exciting as his presence in pre-season has been thrilling.

Wolves ended above Leicester City in the table last season, and they are a strong contender and we all believe it will be a tight race for goals as the two local Midland rivals both will avoid losing that opener, that could end in a draw, but we still believe that Leicester City at home are the strongest team.

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Wolves are playing a Europan qualifier on Thursday the 8th and with that in mind Leicester City must be seen as a little favorite going into the game with fresh legs as Wolves probably will play with a full and strong squad in both events.

A number of changes are made with players coming in and going out at Molineux. 11 new faces included Jiminez and Dendonker who both played on loan at Wolves last season. Nuno Santo is a clever boss, and Wolves had some pretty impressive results in pre-season, so they will be a handful.

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We believe that Wolves will be in the region of a top four position, with a team possibly stronger than last season, and with a momentum shown against most opponents in the previous one.

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Going back to previous years and with big names in both camps, of course Derek Dougan must be mentioned, Richard Stearman doing well in both clubs and the sensational record signing Ade Akinbiyi who has a big star at Wolves, but maybe not seen that way at Leicester City.

There are of course several others who have crossed paths woth names such as John Farrington, Steve Claridge, Wayne Clarke, Mark Davies, Nathan Blake, Peter Eastoe, Jamie Clapham, David Connolly, Tim Flowers and Bob Hazell all with a life in both camps.

  • Fun Fact:
    • Ade Akinbiyi held the transfer as a record buy at Leicester City for 14 years as his fee when signed from Wolves, £5.5million stood firm until the signing of Leo Ulloa for £7million from Brighton & Hove Albion in July, 2014.
  • Kick Off, 14.00
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Last Meeting: 11 v. 11
    • 19.01.19, PL, 3-4, Defeat, Molineux Ground
  • Referee:
    • Andre Marriner
  • Predicted Line-Up
    • Leicester City
      • Schmeichel, Pereira, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison, Albrighton, Vardy, Perez

Best Bet, 2-1, Win

The Opposition

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Nickname: Wolves
  • Colours: Gold / Black
  • Arch Enemy: West Bromwich Albion
  • One to Watch: Ruben Neves
  • Three Players, In Both Camps
  • Current Squad
    • Goalkeepers
      • Rui Patricio
      • John Ruddy
    • Defenders
      • Matt Doherty
      • Ryan Bennett
      • Willy Boly
      • Jonny
      • Conor Coudy
      • Max Kilman
      • Roderick Miranda
      • Ruben Vinagre
      • Jesus Vallejo
    • Midfield
      • Ruben Neves
      • Morgan Gibbs-White
      • Romain Saiss
      • Joao Moutinho
      • Leander Dendoncker
      • Bruno Jordao
    • Forwards
      • Patrick Cutrone
      • Pedro Neto
      • Leo Bonatini
      • Adam Traore
      • Diogo Jota
      • Raul Jimenez

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