When you think of Wolves and Foxes in combat, you immediately think of David Attenborough’s soothing tones. They play over a wildlife documentary taking place in the tundra of far-off, distant lands where survival is key and it’s all that matters in that moment.
Well, if I can just shake you for a moment and remind you that you’re stuck in on a Sunday, watching Brendan Rodgers chew chewing gum for the bones of 90 minutes and the only worthwhile commentary you’ll get on this game are the three bets I’m about to hand you.
Sunday 2pm: Leicester v Wolves
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Are Leicester title challengers? Are Wolves a shadow of their former selves despite losing very key pieces over the off-season? Are Leicester and Wolves just the image of each other’s situation, but with ten years between them? Am I asking too many questions?
Well, this is a bit of a dark horse when we talk about potential crackers but actually, I really fancy this game to be a turn-up for the books. I suppose anything is better than watching CNN again for 21 hours a day.
I’m playing percentages with Harvey Barnes to Score Anytime because Rodgers utilised all of his attacking options to hammer Braga midweek and that workload, combined with the upcoming international break, will have managers considering rotation.
If Rodgers does, he’ll rely on Barnes to start and there’s really no need to doubt him, given that when he’s been afforded the chance to impress, he has done so. We could easily get 90 minutes out of him here, and that’s more than I can say for any other Leicester player with any degree of certainty.
I know this Under 1.5 Goals selection is a strange punt because we’re involving Leicester, but they’re notoriously slow when they come back from European duty. Wolves? Well, the 16 goals in their seven games to date is the smallest tally by a side not named Sheffield United, and the refocus from their management team to be compact rather than flashy might not win over too many season ticket holders, but they’re sixth so you can be it will persist, at least in the short term.
Where Leicester are weak is in the air, and they struggle with balls into the box. Rodgers has done an amazing job at transforming them into a footballing side, but the ruthlessness that once existed at the club is gone. And that is precisely the type of prey that Raul Jimenez likes to hunt on a weekly basis and don’t be surprised if Jimenez has 2 or More Shots on Target.
Three best bets for Leicester v Wolves
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