By Maryam Naz
17th January 2019
Both Wolves and Leicester are sitting comfortably in mid-table positions coming into the second half of the season. Yet, considering that a win for the Wanderers would take them above this weekend’s opponents, a win for the home side may deliver more than three points.
Wolves vs Leicester: odds and predictions
Nuno Espirito Santos’s side are betting as 5/4 favourites in our Wolves vs Leicester predictions and betting tips, with the Foxes trading at 5/2, and a share of the spoils of war projected at odds of 21/10.
Indeed, the Wanderers will be looking to cement a home win after their trek to the Etihad on Monday to face Manchester City led to a 3-0 defeat, including an own goal scored by Connor Coady and a red card picked up by their defensive rock Wily Bolly.
Facing a Leicester City side also coming off the back of a loss won’t help their chances.
The Foxes were on the receiving end of a Ralph Hasenhuttl masterclass and will also be looking to return to winning ways this Saturday.
All in all, we’re in for a thrilling affair at the Molineux, with both Claude Puel and Santos’s side in it for the win.
Wolves vs Leicester head-to-head (most recent first) Wolves 0-0 Leicester, Leicester 2-0 Wolves, Leicester 2-1 Wolves, Wolves 2-1 Leicester, Wolves 1-1 Leicester
Wolves vs Leicester match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Wolves to win 2-1, betting @ 16/1
Leicester may be looking to complete the league double over Wolves for the first time since 1995, but it seems that their luck may run out against this weekend’s opponents.
The first of our Wolves vs Leicester predictions and betting tips forecasts Santos’ men to emerge victorious on home turf, given the sheer number of attacking options available in the side.
Not only do the Wanderers possess clinical finishers in their attack, but also defensive players like Matt Doherty that pose as more than capable understudies.
Considering that 10 of the last 16 Premier League goals conceded by Wolves have been via set pieces, with four corners and four free-kicks notched up in this period, the second of our Wolves vs Leicester predictions will be one to keep an eye on.
The Wanderer’s love to use their wingers to cross the ball in for the likes of Raul Jiminez, especially through Doherty, so expect the corner stats to rack up.
Whether this leads to a goal for the home side is yet to be decided, but a troubled Leicester City defence may not be able to keep Santos’ men at bay for long.
Predicted scorer: Raul Jiminez our pick to score first @ 5/1
The Mexican forward has struck up a fruitful partnership with Doherty when it comes to scoring in the box, but that’s not why he’s our projected player to score first.
Bringing up the rear of our Wolves vs Leicester predictions and betting tips, Jiminez’s play off the ball, including darting runs to draw away defenders has allowed him to be found by his sparring partners on numerous occasions across this season.
If the likes of Ruben Neves and Doherty can do so again, there’ll be nothing to stop him from adding to his tally.
Wolves vs Leicester stats: Opta
- Leicester have kept a clean sheet in both meetings with Wolves in all competitions this season (2-0 league, 0-0 League Cup). The last time they kept a clean sheet in three games against the same opponent in a season was in 2011-12 vs Nottingham Forest.
- Leicester have scored in 18 Premier League games this season – more than any other non ‘big six’ side in the competition.
- Only Cardiff (15) have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games than Leicester this season (14). However, the Foxes have avoided defeat in more games when conceding the first goal in the division this season (six – W3 D3).
- Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has failed to score in his four appearances against Wolves in all competitions. He’s only faced Hull (5) more often without finding the net for the Foxes.
- Wolves’ Willy Boly was sent off in their 0-3 defeat to Man City, the 13th time they’ve received a red card in a Premier League match, winning none of those games (W0 D2 L11).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.