Pre-season is over for Dean Smith as he must build on the 1-3 away defeat to Man City, winning 2nd half 1-0 after that Kelechi Iheanacho goal. The Nigerian international was also close to getting a second hitting the post.
Dean Smith will get his first real test at home to Wolves and nothing else than three points will be satisfactory. We do believe we will see most of the same group, with Kelechi Iheancho being given a chance up front instead of Jamie Vardy. The problem is that Kelechi Iheanacho is not a steady eddie and can be a gamble as he often can vanish, but hopefully this he will deliver.
Wolves looks safe and hopefully that can be a benefit for Leicester, and in all fearness with Tielemans back in the team and Maddison performing to his best, then it should possible to bring the points into the bag.
Wolves also have a few injuries and doubts regarding some of their key players which should benefit Leicester, but of course not the time to underestimate anyone.
Match Pack – Stats & Facts
Injuries / Uncertainties / Suspensions:
LEI: Justin, Evans, Barnes, Pereira, Vestergaard
WOL: Kalajdzic, Traore, Neves, Oliveira, Otto
Head to Head:
Premier League; 14.08.2021, King Power, 1-0
Premier League; 20.02.2022, Molineux, 1-2 (L)
Premier League; 23.10.2022, Molineux, 4-0
Leicester City: Iversen, Castagne, Kristiansen, Souttar, Faes, Soyuncu, Ndidi, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Iheanacho, Tielemans
Wolves: Sa; Semedo, Kilman, Dawson, T.Gomes; Lemina, J.Gomes, Nunes; Cunha, Costa, Sarabia
Predicted Result: 2-1 (Win)
Players In Both Camps, Wolves
Focus On; Wolves
Manager: Julen Lopetegui
Captain: Ruben Neves
Chairman: Jeff Shi
Kit Supplier: Castore
Kit Sponsor: Astro Pay
Capacity: 31 750
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (/ˌwʊlvərˈhæmptən/ (listen)), commonly known as Wolves, is a professional football club based in Wolverhampton, England, which competes in the Premier League. The club has played at Molineux Stadium since moving from Dudley Road in 1889. The club’s traditional kit consists of old gold shirts and socks with black shorts. Since 1979, the kit has also featured the club’s “wolf’s head” logo. Long-standing rivalries exist with other clubs from the West Midlands, the main one being the Black Country derby contested with West Bromwich Albion.
Formed as St. Luke’s F.C. in 1877, the club changed name to Wolverhampton Wanderers two years later and became one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. They won the FA Cup for the first time in 1893, and again as a Second Division team in 1908 following the club’s relegation two years previously. They fell to the third tier in 1923, but went on to win the Third Division North in 1923–24 and the Second Division in 1931–32. The team was crowned English League champions three times – in 1953–54, 1957–58 and 1958–59 – all under the management of Stan Cullis. Wolves also won another two FA Cup finals, in 1949 and 1960. Relegated in 1965, after 26 consecutive seasons in the top flight, they secured promotion back to the First Division in 1966–67. Wolves won the League Cup in 1974 and 1980, and again won the Second Division title in 1976–77, read more
Wolves have launched the club’s new home kit and pre-order is now available ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
The brand new old gold strip, bespoke designed by Castore, is the first symbolising the landmark partnership with AstroPay, who feature on the front of shirts.
In addition, Wolves can also announce 12Bet as the club’s new sleeve partner for the 2022/23 season. 12Bet are one of the most recognisable and trusted sports betting brands, with a particular reputation as in-play football betting specialists, and now join in partnership with the club.
This fresh strip, featuring old gold shirts and socks and black shorts, has again been carefully matched to the club’s distinct Pantone colour, and is available in all sizes – adults, women, junior, infant and baby.
Arch-enemy: West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Birmingham City
Honours: Wolves are a grand collector of trophies with their top period being a long way back in the 1950’s. The club reached the UEFA Cup final in 1972, but was defeated vs. Tottenham. Their last major honour was winning The League Cup in 1980.
1st Division / Premier League
Champions (3): 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59
Runners-up: 1937–38, 1938–39, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1959–60
2nd Division / League Championship
Champions (4): 1931–32, 1976–77, 2008–09, 2017–18
Runners-up: 1966–67, 1982–83
3rd Division / League One
Champions (3): 1923–24 (North), 1988–89, 2013–14
4th Division / League Two
Champions (1): 1987–88
Winners (4): 1892–93, 1907–08, 1948–49, 1959–60
Runners-up (4): 1888–89, 1895–96, 1920–21, 1938–39
Winners (2): 1973–74, 1979–80
Runners-up (1): 1958
UEFA Cup Runners-up (1): 1971–72
Did You Know? Wolves were the first team in English professional football to win all four divisions, and they have won every competition presently being played in the country.
Most Appearances: (D) Derek Parkin (1968-1982), 609
Most Goals: (F) Steve Bull (1986-1999), 306
Other Famous Players: Ron Flowers, Billy Wright, Derek Dougan, Kenny Hibbitt, Mike Bailey, Dave Wagstaffe, Andy Mutch, Phil Parkes, Alan Sunderland, Steve Daley, John Richards, Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez, Barry Powell, Tim Flowers, Richard Stearman, Alan Dodd, Emlyn Hughes, Alun Evans
Record win: 14-0 v Crosswell’s Brewery, 13 November 1886
Record defeat: 1-10 v Newton Heath, 15 October 1892
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