Wolves vs. Leicester Predictions: Saiss to further expose Leicester's set-piece vulnerabilities
Leicester City make the short trip west to take on midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the second instalment of this weekend’s Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Main Event.
Alongside West Ham these two have done the most to break the stranglehold that the ‘Top 6’ have on the Premier League, and the hosts are staking their claim to a European qualification spot this season.
It’s fair to say Bruno Lage has been impressive in his first season as a manager in English football, having worked as an assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and then Swansea City.
The former Benfica gaffer has managed for revitalise a Wolves side that looked lazy and lethargic under previous long term manager Nuno Espírito Santo, and now results are finally matching performances.
Wolves vs. Leicester Tips
Four wins in their five Premier League games since the turn of the year has catapulted them up the table, going from eight points off the top six to just four with two games in hand.
The opposite has been true for the visitors though, whose mediocre form should be a cause for concern among fans and owners alike, especially given the way they finished last season.
The Foxes have won just 10 of their last 31 Premier League games, losing 14 times, and the main cause for concern has been their desperately poor defensive performances.
Those 31 games have seen them ship a whopping 59 goals in the Premier League, including conceding four in a game on four separate occasions.
Even more worrying, however, was a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup which really exposed the flaws in their side.
Ruben Neves has oozed class on the ball in the centre of the park so far this season, but has often found himself in trouble without it.
The Portuguese maestro has picked up eight bookings in 19 starts this season, as well as committing 25 fouls.
He’s been lucky to avoid a card in a couple of games too - committing three fouls against both Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur - and has an encouraging recent history in this fixture.
Neves has been booked in four of his last five appearances against the Foxes, earning two for fouls and two for dissent, which owes to the often bitter nature of this midlands rivalry.
Taking charge of this one is referee Craig Pawson, who has given a shade over four yellow cards per game in the Premier League this season and has booked the midfielder in four of the last six Wolves games he’s officiated, including both at Molineux.
It’s no secret that Leicester have been dreadful from set-pieces this season, and with yet more changes to come at the back for them here it’s likely to spell trouble for them once again.
The 91st minute winner scored by West Ham centre-back Craig Dawson last weekend was just the latest in a string of defenders scoring against the Foxes in the last few months.
Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall, Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, and Southampton’s Jan Bednarek have all scored against Leicester since the start of December, while Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa bagged himself a brace at Villa Park.
As far as Wolves are concerned, seven of their 21 goals have been scored from set-pieces with their trio of centre-backs chipping in with five between them.
Leading the way for shots and goals is Romain Saïss, with the Moroccan scoring from three of his nine shots on target in all competitions this season.
Two of the three goals were the opener, so first goalscorer may also be worth a nibble at 22/1 with the same bookmaker.
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