Leicester 0, Wolves 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

A great atmosphere and top hopes for a good start to the season, few surprises in the line-up but probably one, that Wilfred Ndidi was slotted straight into the team, then also playing Hamza Choudhury alongside him in the midfield, made it all a bit “too safe” as a line-up.

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Leicester started the game well and had all the possession without really crating much and Wolves defending deep to keep Jamie Vardy quiet. Vardy was not really used to his best with Leicester just keeping pressure and passing the ball all over the park.

The first half ebbed out in a draw, with the only thought being, Leicester need to bring in Marc Albrighton to get a different movement and some more clever passes inside those wholes and into the areas that would treathen Wolves much more.

There were no changes from start 2nd half and Wolves came best out of the starting blocks and with Jota creating problems for Leicester City as he also had done in the first half with a couple of good rides, but effectively stopped by Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu who probably were Leicester City’s best players.

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Then after 53 minutes VAR came into action. A Wolves corner is touching Boly and then Dendonker puts the goal in with a good shot behind Kasper Schmeichel, but the goal was correctly “cancelled” as it was a clear handball and back to 0-0.

In this period Wolves were the better team, but Brendan Rodgers made a few changes, bringing on Harvey Barnes for Hamza Choudhury and Marc Albrighton coming on for Ayoze Perez, and the game changed again with those two getting Leicester up in the field again.

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Leicester had some heavy chances going into stoppage time and could have scored almost at the end. A 70 / 30 possession against Wolves and with Barnes doing a fine run and one two with Vardy, but probably the best player on the field, Willy Boly, blocked this attempt and earlier chances.

This was a game of central defenders really, keeping the ball away from goal, with few chances created and in the end Leicester City managed to get a point from the opening game, something unusual since getting defeated in the first game of the season in the three last attempts.

  • Positives:
    • Possession, 70%, playing Wolves really low
    • Keeping a clean sheet, central defense top class
    • Caglas Soyuncu doing well
    • Not defeated in the first game of the season
    • VAR worked well in Leicester City’s favor
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to score from heavy possession
    • Vardy not getting used in the best way possible
    • A bit defensive line-up from start, playing two holding midfielders
    • Miss Albrighton from the line-up from start
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 5, Evans 7, Soyuncu 7, Choudhury 5, Maddison 6, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 6, Vardy 6, Perez 6, Subs: Barnes, Albrighton

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 70 / 30
  • Corners: 12 / 3
  • Shots on target: 2 / 2
  • Fouls: 3 / 11
  • Offsides; 0 / 1

 

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