Both of these clubs were regarded as massive contenders for promotion this term, with Wolves aiming to bounce back to the top flight following their recent relegation while Leicester are aiming to make the most of the major investment that they have made in their squad. However, with the home side occupying 23rd position and with Leicester sat in 14th, neither outfit has performed to expectations after the opening four games of the season.
It would be fair to describe Wolves’ 2011/12 campaign in the Premiership as one big disaster and following that, the Molineux outfit decided to pledge their faith in Norwegian Ståle Solbakken. However, even though Solbakken has experienced vast success abroad, it appears as though he is struggling more in his role in England. Wanderers have managed to pick up just four points this term, after incurring away defeats to the likes of Cardiff and Leeds. Admittedly, their home form is better, with the club beating Barnsley and recording a 1-1 draw with Derby. However, after losing two key players in the form of Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis in the build-up to transfer deadline day, there’s no getting away from the fact that Wolves are a significantly weaker outfit than last term and Solbakken could have his work cut out to mastermind a promotion push.
Leicester have fared slightly better than their opponents, with the Foxes managing to earn six points through the opening few weeks of the season. However, the fact that Nigel Pearson’s men have already incurred two defeats is certainly worrying and suggests that they could be set for another tricky campaign. On a more positive note, they did manage to beat fellow promotion candidates Blackpool in 1-0 fashion before the international break, but it remains to be seen if they can take that home victory onto the road. So far, Pearson’s side have lost both of their away encounters, which certainly doesn’t bode well for this fixture.
As for team news, Wolves have been handed several boosts with Ståle Solbakken set to welcome back no fewer than four players. Karl Henry, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Kevin Foley and Razak Boukari have all recovered from their respective knocks and could be included in the home team’s starting eleven. There’s slightly less to report for the visitors meanwhile, with Nigel Pearson first set to be without Richie Wellens as he struggles with a knee problem. However, Ritchie De Laet will at least returning to the reckoning, after the former Manchester United defender recovered from a back injury.
The statistics for this clash indicate that Wolves could be favourites – with Wanderers possessing a fairly decent home record while Leicester have struggled on their travels. However, even though Wolves have managed to collect four points, we still remain unconvinced on Ståle Solbakken’s side. Bearing this in mind, we think the visitors could get a point in this encounter, with our tip being a 1-1 score line.