Wolverhampton Wanderers host Leicester City at Molineux as both teams look to boost their qualifying hopes of claiming European football next season.
Wolves will climb to sixth with a win whilst Leicester can leapfrog Manchester City into second, following the Citizen’s postponement last weekend due to Storm Ciara.
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Adama Traore is set to return for Wolves after picking up a shoulder injury against Manchester United just prior to their winter break.
Ruben Vinagre is still sidelined as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.
Leicester are expected to have Wes Morgan in contention after he missed their 2-2 draw against Chelsea through illness, just before they went on their winter break.
Wilfred Ndidi (knee) is also set to be available but Ryan Bennett is ineligible to face his parent club.
Nampalys Mendy (knee), Matty James (fitness) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) remain ruled out.
Wolves enter this match with just five points from their last six (W1, D2, L3), although they have scored in all 12 of their home league games at Molineux this season.
Leicester come into this match unbeaten in four of their last six league outings (W3, D1, L2), whilst scoring in each of their last nine away trips since losing at Manchester United in mid September.
- Wolves are unbeaten in three of their last five league meetings against Leicester (W2, D1, L2).
- Leicester have won just one of their last eight league trips to Molineux (W1, D4, L3).
- Both teams have scored in their last four league meetings at Molineux.
- There hasn’t been a penalty in five previous Premier League meetings between Wolves and Leicester.
- Both teams have managed eight goals in this Premier League fixture, with Wolves’ eight goals all coming at home in 4-3 wins in October 2003 then January 2019 respectively.
Wolves really do need a win here if they’re to boost their top five hopes given that they will soon be back into the Thursday-Sunday routine, which is going to be tough now that the Europa League is into its business stages now.
Leicester meanwhile seem to have found their groove again after their recent wobble, so I am expecting to see a strong attacking performance from them here in what looks set to be a thriller.
A 2-2 draw therefore looks appealing in my opinion but I am going for a surprise Foxes win here, although the result won’t be as flattering as their two previous Premier League meetings here.
Prediction: Wolves 1-2 Leicester City
Result: Wolves 0-0 Leicester City