Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City: Pre-Match Analysis

Wolverhampton Wanderers host an in-form Leicester City side as they look to build on Wednesdays win against Arsenal

Wolves ended an eight-game winless run with their 2-1 victory against the Gunners, who ended the game with nine men on the pitch. 

Nuno Espirito Santo's side sit in 14th place, three points behind Crystal Palace. Their visitors however are third, just five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

  • Willian Jose Showing Signs of Promise

Despite joining the club on loan just two weeks ago, the Brazilian appears to have settled in so far.

Willian Jose is yet to score for The Wanderers, however he has certainly added a focal point to the attack.

With each start, Willian Jose has ended the match with the highest number of shots for his side.

He was heavily involved against Mikel Arteta's side, winning the equalising penalty.

His intelligent run in between the two centre backs caused a big problem for David Luiz, who not only conceded the penalty, but was shown a red card for his actions. 

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The 29-year-old is also using his aerial presence to his advantage which has made life difficult for defenders. In his two starts, he has ended the match with the joint highest number of aerial duels for Wolves. 

Although it is early days, there is no denying he has looked dangerous so far. The Real Sociedad loanee has been getting into good areas and attacking the ball well, however just hasn't managed to get the ball into the back of the net. Hopefully, Willian Jose can open his gold and black account against the Foxes. 

  • Maddison's Magic

James Maddison will be going into the game in top form, having been involved in six goals in his last six games.

In his most recent game, the England international recorded two assists in Leicester's 2-0 win at home to Fulham

Maddison plays behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 set up, and has excelled here since returning to the starting line up. 

The freedom Brendan Rodgers has given him in this role, has allowed him to pick the ball up in all sorts of dangerous areas in the final third.

This, coupled with his final product, which has been world class of late, has given midfielders and defenders all sorts of problems.

Assuming Nuno will stick with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in midfield, they will have to stay tight to Leicester's No.10 if they want to keep him quiet. 

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  • Defensive Disappointment

Wolves' clean sheet against Chelsea was their first in the Premier League since October last year.

That means that Nuno's men have kept just one clean sheet in 15 Premier League games, conceding 23 goals in that time. 

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For a side that have been so defensively solid since their promotion to the Premier League, the number of goals they have leaked at the back this season will be even more frustrating.

A good place to start would be to cut out their mistakes at the back. Nelson Semedo's role in the build-up to Wednesdays opener was the most recent example of Wolves' struggles when put under pressure.

Their ability to resist the press will be put to the test against this free-flowing Leicester side. If they stay composed, Nuno's men can give themselves every opportunity to cause an upset. 

  • The Verdict

Wolves' mid-week win over The Gunners will have done wonders for the sides confidence. Whether they can carry that confidence, remains to be seem. However, the belief amongst the side will have shot through the roof. 

Willian Jose's presence in attack can cause a problem for Jonny Evans, but if they are to get anything out of this game, it will be down to Pedro Neto, who has been Nuno's brightest spark all season. 

Leicester are in great form, and will have all the belief as they continue their push for a Champions League spot, meaning Wolves will likely have to rely on counter-attacks to get a result. 

If Nuno's men remain tight at the back, and limit the space their opposition can work in, there is no reason why they can't go on and win the match. There is enough pace in the squad to catch The Foxes on the break, however Wolves will have to patient.