By News Team
Last Updated: 13th February 2020
Though there’s another depleted round of Premier League fixtures this weekend, there are still some really interesting matches to look forward to, starting with Leicester’s trip to Wolves on Friday evening.
Wolves’ season will soon be at a crossroads
It won’t be long until Nuno Espirito Santo has a big decision to make in terms of how Wolves tackle the rest of the season. They are ninth in the league while they look to have a very winnable tie against Espanyol in the Europa League, so it will be interesting to see if he prioritises Europe as things move forward.
Despite their respectable position in the table, 2020 hasn’t started too promisingly with just one win against Southampton. Considering they started their season in July, Wolves’ slow start to the New Year might be down to the amount of games they’ve had to play so far and Nuno will be glad his players will have had just under two weeks’ rest before this one.
The rest might complement a couple of Wolves’ players in particular, with Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez backed to profit. William Hill are enhancing Traore to make an assist at 7/2, which considering he already has seven this term, looks a worthwhile wager. Jimenez, meanwhile, has played almost every game for his side this season and given his tireless work rate, a rest will surely have done him the world of good. William Hill has boosted him to score first from 7/2 to 9/2, while he looks a good bet to score anytime at 5/4.
Leicester’s inconsistent 2020
After such an impressive first half of the season, unsurprisingly Leicester’s campaign has stalled somewhat since the turn of the year. They’ve had some mixed results in the league, while they crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Aston Villa, but they are still in a very strong position in terms of Champions League qualification. They have an eight-point gap back to Chelsea in fourth and are still only two points behind Manchester City in second, so things are looking very rosy, though manager Brendan Rodgers won’t want their season to peter out and ruin the hard work they’ve put in so far.
Their inconsistency might be down to the form of Jamie Vardy, who hasn’t scored in the league since December 21. They are a completely different animal with Vardy in form and the outlet he gives them makes them a tough proposition for any side, but he’s looked out of form recently and has had to battle some niggly injuries as well. His dip in from correlates with that of James Maddison, who is another who has been quiet of late, and Rodgers will want both back in form as they look to cement their league position.
Foxes could edge entertaining affair
A good case can be made for both teams scoring here as it’s happened in 19 of Wolves’ matches this season – more than anyone else. The case is furthered by the fact it’s happened ten times at Molineux and seven times on Leicester’s travels so both teams to score at 4/5 looks well worth backing.
If you’re looking for a bit of a juicier price, it might be worth backing Leicester to win and both teams to score at 9/2. The Foxes are fourth in the away table this season, while Wolves are 12th in the home one, and with the likes of Vardy and Maddison rested after the winter break, they could bounce back to form against a home side that might be thinking about their European commitments.