Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City
The winter break continues in the UK but, as it’s split over two weekends, there are plenty of games for us to enjoy, starting with a doozy on Friday!
Premier League: Wolves vs. Leicester City is the perfect opening to a great weekend of football as two teams with big European ambitions come face to face. The Foxes and the Wolves are two of the SBOTOP Premier League 2020 success stories. Brendan Rodgers has guided Leicester to third place and eight points ahead of Chelsea in fourth.
Meanwhile, Wolves are juggling Europa League football with another successful domestic campaign. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team is ninth, but level on points with Manchester United, a team which has not given up on a top-four place.
With 13 games to go these two clubs have an exciting run-in, so let’s see how they start!
Portugal keeps coming to the Black Country
In their second season in the top flight, Wolves have shown they can live with the best, pushing Liverpool hard in a recent clash, before succumbing to VAR and the relentless Reds.
And their most recent outing resulted in a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, where Nuno’s latest recruit made an appearance. The £16.9 million transfer of Daniel Podence was another signal of intent by the Wolves ownership. Nuno has filled his side with most of the Portugal team, when can we expect Cristiano Ronaldo to rock up at Molineux?!
But there is no doubt Wolves’ latest signing is another shrewd one. The 24-year-old former Olympiacos man can play on either wing, and he came close to creating a winning goal in his 15-minute cameo against Manchester United.
Alongside the likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diego Jota, Podence is yet another Wolves star in the making.
Big Wilf near a return
Leicester have a big few weeks ahead and the good news for Foxes’ fans is that Rodgers is hopeful that Wilfred Ndidi might be ready for a comeback. The Nigerian midfield powerhouse has made a speedy recovery from knee surgery as he returned to training within 12 days.
Alongside talented youngsters James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, the return of Ndidi makes the Foxes an even more formidable opponent.
Vardy vs. Jimenez
Fans of both teams will hope their strikers take the Wolves vs. Leicester City news headlines on Friday night.
Raul Jimenez has 11 goals and six assists for the hosts, while Jamie Vardy is top of the Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals, and he has made four assists. The artful fox is one goal ahead of Sergio Aguero and three ahead of Mo Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And maybe his opposite number, already an outstanding striker, can learn from his success; Vardy has 69 per cent of shots on target to Jimenez’ 53 per cent.
These two Midlands rivals have met 24 times since the outset of the Premier League, and Wolves have had a slight edge, winning eight to Leicester’s six while there have been 10 draws.
The opening match of this season was a 0-0 draw at the KingPower Stadium, while this game at Molineux last season was a 4-3 win for the hosts.
But Wolves have been inconsistent at home this term, winning four, drawing five and losing three. And recent form, for both sides, has been a little patchy. Wolves have won once in six, in all competitions, while Leicester have only gone one better