Leicester vs Wolves: Premier League preview, team news, stats, prediction, kick-off time

Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans missing for hosts; Bruno Lage has new boys in ranks; Follow Leicester vs Wolves in our dedicated live match blog; Watch free match highlights on Sky Sports digital platforms and YouTube channel at 5.15pm

Friday 13 August 2021 16:17, UK

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Leicester vs Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news

Leicester will be without Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans when they begin their Premier League campaign against Wolves at King Power Stadium.

Fofana suffered a fractured fibula during a recent friendly against Villarreal, while Evans is still recovering from a foot problem as he targets a return following next month’s international break. Timothy Castagne continues to be assessed after the eye injury he sustained while with Belgium at Euro 2020.

With Fofana and Evans absent, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers will hope the club can get the signing of Jannik Vestergaard completed in time for the central defender to make his debut on Saturday.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand, striker Patson Daka and midfielder Boubakary Soumare are summer signings who come straight into contention.

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Bruno Lage will take charge of Wolves for the first time since succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo as manager in the summer.

The Portuguese has new signings Jose Sa, Yerson Mosquera, Franciso Trincao, Louie Moulden and Rayan Ait Nouri in contention.

Star striker Raul Jimenez is available for the first time since suffering a fractured skull in November.

However, Pedro Neto (knee), Jonny (knee) and Daniel Podence (groin) remain on the sidelines, while Wily Boly has a hamstring injury

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    • Leicester have lost just one of their last 24 home league games against Wolves (W14 D9), going down 4-1 in May 2007 in the Championship.
    • Since Wolves’ return to the Premier League in 2018, they’ve failed to score in five of their six meetings with Leicester (W1 D3 L2), with the exception being a 4-3 home win in January 2019. Three of those five failures have been in goalless draws.
    • Leicester have won their opening fixture in just one of the last five Premier League campaigns (D1 L3), though that victory was last season against West Brom (3-0).
    • Wolves haven’t lost their opening league game in any of the last eight campaigns (W4 D4), since a 0-1 loss at Leeds in the 2012-13 Championship.
    • Leicester have lost three of their last four Premier League games (W1), as many as they had in their previous 13 prior to this (W7 D3). At home, the Foxes have lost their last two league games, conceding four goals each time. They had only conceded 4+ goals in two of their previous 75 league matches at the King Power Stadium beforehand.

    Jones Knows’ Prediction

    Business as usual is expected for Brendan Rodgers and his likeable Leicester team this season and even though a visit from Bruno Lage’s Wolves comes with the unknowns about it, three points should be firmly on the menu for the home side.

    Leicester have spent 567 days in the top four over the last two seasons, including the most days of any team last season. I expect them to be pushing Manchester United all the way for that fourth spot again this season.

    One player that should hit the ground running is Harvey Barnes, who looked in electric form in Leicester’s Community Shield victory over Manchester City last weekend. Barnes had to watch the final three months of last season from the stands after suffering a knee injury but didn’t show any long-term issues in his 70 minutes at Wembley, where he cut inside off the left in dangerous fashion and was unlucky not to generate a higher-than-expected goal figure with his three shots on goal. He looks an interesting proposition to open the scoring this weekend.

    SCORE PREDICTION: 2-0

    BETTING ANGLE: Harvey Barnes to score first (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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