Kick-off: 1500, 14/08/2021
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Wolves begin a new era in the Premier League with Bruno Lage at the helm after Nuno Espirito Santo left the club by mutual consent at the end of last season.
Lage, a former assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea before having success as Benfica head coach, will start his tenure with a trip to the King Power Stadium against Leicester.
The Foxes narrowly missed out on Champions League football for the second consecutive campaign but should have too much firepower and are backed for victory at 3/5 as our opening Leicester vs Wolves prediction.
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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed to see his side fall short once again in their bid for Champions League football but he can take solace from guiding the club to their maiden FA Cup success.
The former Celtic and Liverpool boss has already signed some transfer targets with defensive midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who won the Ligue 1 title with Lille, and Salzburg striker Patson Daka arriving in the east Midlands.
Rodgers already has a strong squad at his disposal with the likes of Kasper Schmeichel and Youri Tielemans shining at Euro 2020, while James Maddison brings flair and creativity.
Jamie Vardy will be key for the Foxes as will Kelechi Iheanacho in their bid for Europa League success and a productive Premier League campaign.
Leicester also have a strong record at home against Wolves since their return to England’s top flight three years ago. In the three matches at the King Power Stadium, Leicester have yet to taste defeat with two victories and a goalless draw.
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It will be interesting to see how Wolves operate under new management and they have already lost a key member of their team over the last three seasons.
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio has left the club to join Italian giants Roma, now under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, and Lage will have a void to fill after the Portugal international proved his credentials at the European Championship.
Fellow Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa has been linked with a move to Molineux as the club continues to hunt for talent from the Iberian peninsula.
They have brought in Barcelona forward Francisco Trincao to show their intentions in the transfer market but will need more with the futures of Ruben Neves and Adama Traore in doubt.
Lage brought an intensive, very attacking approach at Benfica which should get the best out of the likes of Traore, Trincao and Pedro Neto when he returns from injury.
However, this fixture does tend to be a cagey affair despite the forward-thinking talent on show. In the last four head-to-head meetings, only one goal has been produced.
Wolves have not won on any of their previous six trips to Leicester, last winning in the Championship in 2007, and scoring only once.
For those looking to back the correct score, a 1-0 home win appeals at 11/2 as our final Leicester vs Wolves prediction.
LEICESTER 2-4 Tottenham – Jamie Vardy (2)
WOLVES 1-2 Manchester United – Nelson Semedo
Head-to-head: Wolves 0-0 Leicester, Leicester 1-0 Wolves, Wolves 0-0 Leicester, Leicester 0-0 Wolves, Wolves 4-3 Leicester
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