Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City

There’s a good argument to be made that Leicester’s away form has been the main fault which has derailed their last two promotion campaigns. In 2010/11 the Foxes won just six on the road. Last season they went one better thanks to a final day victory at Leeds.

Unless City can sustain some incredible home record, they will need to pick up significantly more points on their travels this season than last. 10 away wins is a good marker, two defeats in two has hardly been the ideal start.

Perhaps in the circumstances a trip to Molineux might not be so bad. Leicester have won just once in their last seven visits in all competitions, but Wolves’ home record is pretty dreadful too. Last season the West Midlands side won just three home league games and lost 13. It was the club’s worst home record in their entire history.

Wolves conceded more goals at home last season than in any campaign since they were related to the old Division Four in the mid 80’s.

So far this season there hasn’t been much improvement. Admittedly Wolves did beat a toothless Barnsley side in the opening week (only their second league win in 28 attempts) but Stale Solbakken’s men have yet to keep a clean sheet and sit with just four points from their opening four matches.

Leicester’s next goal at Molineux (if they can get one) will be their 50th at Wolves. Both sides have scored five times this season though in terms of attempts on goal the Foxes have created more, 41 efforts to 34.

Hoping to stop his former teammates and gain his first clean sheet in 18 appearances will be Carl Ikeme. The much maligned goalkeeper has something to prove after his rather uninspiring spell at the King Power Stadium. His return last season included the horrible error that allowed Lee Peltier’s tame effort to squirm underneath him as City romped to a 4-0 win over Doncaster last April.

A similar performance from the Nigerian would put Leicester right back amongst the season’s early pacesetters. If we’ve learned anything from the last few years, it’s that this club can ill afford another season playing catch-up.

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