Leicester vs Wolves: Classic Encounters
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 06: Andrew Keogh of Wolverhampton Wanderers fires in a shot during the Coca-cola Championship match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Walkers Stadium on May 6,2007 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Leicester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening Premier League game of the season this Saturday afternoon. In a fixture that dates back to 1906, Wolves' last win at the King Power Stadium was all the way back in 2007.

VAVEL UK looks back on some classic encounters between the two sides, with the Foxes just edging out their West Midland neighbours with a slightly higher win record.

  • Leicester 2-2 Wolves, 27th November 1993

Our first stop in Leicester was at Filbert Street, which saw both sides take away one point each in a Football League First Division clash in 1993. Leicester were chasing the automatic promotion places, with Wolves sitting in what would soon become an all too familiar place in mid-table.

Graham Turner was in what would be his last season in charge of the Wanderers, with Brian Little in charge for the Foxes. Turner had the likes of Steve Bull, Andy Thompson and Paul Birch starting for him, with Leicester giving a debut to Welshman Iwan Roberts up top.

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Wolves started the better of the two sides, with Paul Cook coming close twice after being denied whilst through on goal and with a free-kick just whistling past the post. In a game which saw a lot of long balls, David Kelly managed to get on the end of one, with Leicester's goalkeeper Gavin Ward doing well to deny him.

A chance for Leicester saw Wolves goalkeeper Mike Stowell fumble a high cross after a challenge from Roberts, with the ball falling to teenager Julian Joachim, whose shot was then blocked superbly by the Wolves defender Peter Shirtliff.

It was Wolves though that opened the scoring, with a cross that was flicked on by Kelly, that found the head of Bull, who nodded the ball past Ward. Bull struck again not long after, after a lovely through ball by Cook with the outside of his foot found the Wolves forward, who slotted the ball home for his second.

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Bull nearly grabbed a hat-trick in the second half, after getting on the end of another ball over the top, only to be denied by Ward and the Leicester defenders. It was the Foxes though who got the next goal, after a dangerous cross was whipped in by Gary Mills, which was met by Roberts whose thumping header left Stowell helpless.

Then in what was an almost identical build-up to the previous goal, Leicester scored again! Another cross from the right from Mills, met the head of Roberts, who could this time only find his teammate David Speedie, whose mistimed header saw the ball fall onto the laces of Roberts for the Welshman to grab a brace and the equalizer on his debut. 

The end of the season saw Leicester gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs with Wolves just missing out on the play-offs themselves in 8th.

  • Leicester 1-4 Wolves, 6th May 2007

Wolves secured their place in the play-offs of the Championship with a win at the Walkers Stadium with a dramatic comeback. It was Mick McCarthy in charge of the team in old gold, with the Foxes having Nigel Worthington at the helm as caretaker manager.

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Wolves got off to the worst start, as Leicester striker Iain Hume put the East Midlanders ahead in the opening minutes, after some lovely work by Nils-Eric Johansson found the laces of Hume who slotted the ball past Matt Murray in goal for Wolves. 

The lead did not last long though, as Wolves midfielder Seyi Olofinjana smashed the ball in from close range after a corner was not defended well by Leicester. Wolves were then ahead shortly after, as Conrad Logan in the Leicester goal was unable keep hold of a cross, which fell to Michael Kightly, who then back-heeled the ball into the net.

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Disaster then struck for Leicester, as Gareth McAuley put the ball into his own net after trying to stop a cross from Andy Keogh. This was then followed by a second yellow card for Paddy Kisnorbo, which saw the Foxes go down to ten men. 

With the game all but won, McAuley brought down Stephen Ward in the box to give Wolves a late penalty. To rub salt in the wounds, Keogh tricked Logan by chipping the ball in from the spot for the Wanderers' fourth.

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Wolves ended the season in a play-off spot, only to lose in their semifinal to their fierce rivals West Bromwich Albion. Leicester on the other hand finished three places above the relegation zone in what was a disappointing season for the Foxes.

  • Leicester 2-1 Wolves, 31st January 2013

Our last trip to the East Midlands took place again in the Championship and saw Leicester strengthen their bid for promotion, whilst Wolves were beginning to fall further towards the relegation zone. Nigel Pearson was in charge for the Foxes, whilst Wolves had recently brought in Dean Saunders to try and steady the ship.

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With Leicester looking the more dangerous of the two sides early on, they took the lead through Anthony Knockaert, after the Frenchman dribbled from the touchline into the box and smashed the ball past Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal.

Leicester should have had a penalty not long after, as a partially cleared cross was in line to fall to Knockaert, only for Bakary Sako to push him over from behind quite carelessly. The referee waved play on, but replays showed that it was a clear penalty.

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After half-time, Wolves got a bit more into the game and it was Sako who fired in the equalizer. The ball bounced nicely for the Frenchman just outside the box, who then absolutely smashed the ball with his laces, with the ball flying into net with Kasper Schmeichel unable to get near it.

It was the Foxes though who should have grabbed the next goal, when a low cross from the right-hand-side was poorly met by Chris Wood, with his attempted shot going well wide.

With the game wide open, a counter attack from Leicester saw David Nugent pick up the ball on the half-way line. The Leicester forward then dribbled unopposed all the way to the edge of the Wolves penalty area, only to shift the ball onto his right foot and curl the ball expertly past Ikeme into the far corner. This goal sealed the win for the Foxes, with Wolves set for more disappointment.

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Sadly, the season saw Wolves relegated to League One, with Saunders ultimately losing his jobLeicester ended up losing out in their semifinal of the play-offs, but were glad to not be in the same positions as their neighbours come the end of the season.