Match Preview: Leicester City vs Wolverhampton

Leicester City and Wolverhampton will kick off their 2019-20 Premier League campaign one against another, today at 15:00 (CET)

King Power Stadium will host one of the most interesting encounters of Premier League’s opening weekend, as Leicester City welcomes Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.

Both clubs are heading into the new season with the intention to break up the so-called “Big Six” and finish in one of the first six spots on the table.

The 2019-20 campaign has already started for Wolverhampton, as they play in the Europa League qualifiers. The Wolves eased past Crusaders in the second round, beating them 6-1 on aggregate and have a 4-0 advantage from the first leg against Armenian side Pyunik.

Team news

Leicester City will start the new season without their best defender from the previous year – Harry Maguire, who joined Manchester United in a world-record £80 million transfer deal for a defensive player.

They signed Newcastle United’s top goalscorer from the past two seasons, Ayoze Perez for a £30 million transfer fee and the Spaniard is expected to make his official debut for the Foxes. Dennis Praet is also in contention, but might start on the bench only.

Wolverhampton signed Raul Jimenez on a permanent basis this summer. The Mexican forward will lead the Wolves’ attacking line at the King Power Stadium, while his new partner Patrick Cutrone will wait for his chance as a substitute.

Morgan Gibbs-White is the only injury doubt for Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who will begin his second season in the Premier League this Sunday.

Players to watch

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Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is our pick as the player who could decide the outcome of the game. The Mexican has already opened his account this season, netting four goals in the Europa League qualification.

His teammate Diogo Jota has also started the season on a high level, noting a goal and five assists against Crusaders and Pyunik. Jota scored his first Premier League hat-trick against Leicester City last season, but it happened at the Molineux Stadium.

Jamie Vardy scored 18 goals from 39 shots on target in the Premier League last season, which is quite an impressive record. He has scored four goals in his last four appearances on the opening weekend of the season, so please keep an eye on him.

Stats

Leicester City have lost their opening Premier League fixture in each one of the past three years, since winning the title in 2016.

Good news for them is that each of those games came on the road, as they’ve won four of their last five league openers at the King Power Stadium.

Wolverhampton achieved the best league position and points tally by a newly-promoted club last season since Ipswich came fifth with 66 points in 2000-01.

However, they finished the 2018-19 campaign with only one win in their last seven away games.

Both sides met in the second round of the Premier League last season, with Leicester City noting a 2-0 win through James Maddison and a Matt Doherty own goal.

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