The opening weekend of the English Premier League has provided 10 action-packed matches across the UK. There were only two draws in Matchday 1 and plenty of attractive soccer was on display. Big clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all started their seasons with a win while Arsenal fell behind.
Leicester City had the unfortunate privilege to open their season at Old Trafford, where they met one of the biggest title contenders in the EPL, Manchester United. The Red Devils won the game 2-1 but there is very little enthusiasm around the way they have performed in the game. Leicester City at times looked as the better side, as they controlled the possession and created more chances than Manchester United.
Wolverhampton Wanderers opened their EPL season at home, where they hosted favored Everton side. The Wolves demonstrated tremendous poise in their play in their home opener and managed to secure a point in an impressive display. Some might even feel slighted by the fact that the Wolves didn’t win the match since Everton played more than half of the match with 10 men.
The two clubs will meet at King Power Stadium on Saturday. It has been more than five years since the two sides have met in a competitive match. Both sides favor an explosive and entertaining soccer that relies on attacking movement and build. All these facts are ingredients for a remarkable and attractive matchup that should provide a lot of quality soccer.
I have prepared a short breakdown of the match and some betting predictions, so feel free to read on.
Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Odds:
Leicester City: 2.05
Over 2.5 Goals: 1.95
Under 2.5 Goals: 1.75
Both Teams to Score: 1.90
Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Pick:
Both teams have entered the new EPL season with high ambitions. Leicester City want to improve on their mediocre season last year, which saw them finish in a respectable middle-table position but outside of the Europe qualification place. The loss of Riyad Mahrez will surely be felt this season but Leicester City will be looking to get back into Top 7 place finish since they have added several high-quality acquisitions in the offseason.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are a newly-promoted side in EPL, which has dominated the competition in the English Championship. Their attacking brand of soccer predicated on quick offensive movement and transition has been well received by the fanbase and players alike. The Wolves have broken all the spending records this offseason in order to bolster the squad and to gain a respectable finish in the EPL in their maiden campaign.
Leicester City’s opening game at Old Trafford was a revelation despite the 2-1 loss. The Foxes displayed discipline and poise and for the most of the match they looked like a better side in the matchup. They did allow two goals to Manchester United and that should be a concern for the Foxes in the matches going forward. Their passing and counter-attacking seemed fluid and explosive.
Wolverhampton Wanderer’s home opener versus Everton has been a high scoring affair that ended in a 2-2 draw. The Latin Colony at Molineux Stadium displayed great buildup and offensive movement. While the Wolves created a lot of chances up front, they seemed shaky at the back and allowed 2 goals to Everton side that played the most of the game with 10 men.
I feel that both teams have shown up on the offensive end of the pitch, but their long-term results will come from the team that is able to adapt defensively to the requirements of EPL competition. The Foxes seem much closer to achieving this, as they have kept their defensive core intact for the upcoming season.
The Wolves are able to score with the best of them and that should be the case in the upcoming match as well, but their backline seems to have issues adapting to the EPL level of play. If they can shore up their defense, the Wolves just might live up to their lofty ambitions from the preseason.
The Foxes hold an edge in this matchup since they will be playing at home, in front of a great crowd. They also have a clean bill of health. Except for the midfielder Matthew Jones, who is still nursing a calf injury. The Wolves, on the other hand, will be without the services of the defender Ivan Cavaleiro who has a back injury.
I find it very hard to pick an outcome of this game, since I think that both sides are quite vulnerable and the outcome is quite unpredictable. I favor betting on goals in this one and I think that the safest pick is on the Both Teams to Score.