14 February 2020 14:50
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from LeicestershireLive - Weekday Leicester City FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Leicester City are back in Premier League action tonight when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (8pm). After a brief winter break, the Foxes resume their bid for Champions League qualification. Brendan Rodgers' men are currently third in the table, with a 10-point cushion inside the top four. Wolves, meanwhile, are ninth - six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Leicester drew 0-0 with Wanderers at the King Power Stadium on the opening day of the season.
When the sides met at Molineux last term, City suffered a last-gasp 4-3 defeat in a dramatic encounter. Sky Sports' Premier League pundit Charlie Nicholas is predicting a similar outcome this time around. The former Arsenal star reckons Wolves will edge a close match 3-2. "This is a cracking game," Nicholas told Sky Sports. "I see Wolves as one of the best sides in the Premier League. They are hard to beat, they like to play against the big boys in the league and have the credibility against those top sides. "Leicester like to play an open game which Wolves will like. It means there will be more space to exploit, especially for the full-backs. "Leicester are still sitting in a lovely position in the race for the top four, and I think they will finish in the Champions League places. "However, this is a tough game to call, as both are great footballing sides. "The return of Willy Boly could give Wolves' defence some reassurance against the pace of Jamie Vardy and the counter-attacking skills of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez. "I am a big fan of Nuno Espirito Santo, and when I look at how the Premier League is adapting, has it been as good as last season? Most will probably think not. "Wolves are a still in the Europa League, while being in a nice position where they can go within a few points of the top four if they win their game in hand. "Overall, I am just favouring Wolves to sneak into those positions. "It will be an end-to-end game where Wolves will get over the line... BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted the same outcome, though a slightly different scoreline. The former Liverpool defender is going for a 2-1 home win. "These teams have got top-four ambitions and this is a big game for both of them," Lawrenson told BBC Sport. "It should be an entertaining one too, because they are both really good going forward and always create a lot of chances. "There were lots of goals in this fixture last season, with Diego Jota completing his hat-trick in injury time to nick a 4-3 win for Wolves. "I can see a similar outcome this time around too, with the home side edging it." Former England striker Michael Owen also thinks Wolves could edge it on the night. "Brendan Rodgers' side have lost eight points from winning positions in their last four league games, which is a cause for concern although they still sit third in the table and are eight points ahead of Chelsea in fourth," said Owen in his latest BetVictor blog. "The reverse fixture at the King Power on the opening weekend of the season finished goalless and I don't expect to see many goals at Molineux. "If there is to be a winner, however, I think Wolves can edge it."