Leicester v Wolves (2PM)
The first of today’s 2pm kick offs is going to be contested by two of the hottest teams in the Premier League at the moment with Leicester possessing a new outlook under Rodgers and Wolves battling through the Europa League qualifiers in emphatic style.
In last season’s meetings between the sides, Leicester walked away 2-0 victors but that was Wolves’ second game back in the PL and first away topflight game in 7 years. Since that date, Wolves have gone on to secure Europa League qualification and play their first games in the qualifiers in recent weeks.
Raul Jimenez has scored 4 goals in Wolves’ last 2 EL games as part of impressive 4-0 and 4-1 wins to kick off their competitive season, last season he scored 13 PL goals and reeled in 10 assists in the Premier League and was a vital part of what was such a successful season. Diogo Jota performed towards the end of the previous campaign with 7 goals between January-May which also included a hat-trick in Leicester and Wolves most recent meeting.
The Foxes have been excellent since they’ve been under new management and furthermore, they notched two home clean sheets in the last two games of last season against Chelsea and Arsenal, which also included a convincing 3-0 win over the Gunners.
Leicester have had less pre-season games which could suggest they’re not as prepared to dive into such a competitive game as a match-ready Wolves but with last season’s form and Leicester’s home form in general, a Leicester win could be on the cards. In contradiction to that, Harry Maguires sale could rock the camp, but we’ve been unable to see that because since the transfer has been completed, Leicester haven’t played a game.
Leicester 2-1 seems a reasonable prediction but it’s hard to tell how hard the Maguire loss will hit, Jota and Jimenez are very dangerous, and Wolves may already be wound up after pre-season, this isn’t one for a bet.
Man United v Chelsea (4:30PM)
Frank Lampard’s first competitive game couldn’t have been a more suitable test. United have been under recent work with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over in December 2018 and Chelsea are undergoing the same refurbishments also under the transfer ban.
United have improved their weaker areas immensely with the signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, the English pairing were superb in the 18/19 season for Palace and Leicester respectively and they should slot straight into the United XI today. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored 5 goals between them in pre-season and the youthful pairing will really flourish this season. Martial scored 2 goals in the fixture last season at Stamford Bridge which finished in a 2-2 draw with Ross Barkley also scoring a 96th minute equalizer.
Barkley has been outstanding in pre-season with goals in his last 4 games and a couple of assists thrown in aswell and is really starting to prove under Lampard why he was signed in the first place. The Englishman has never registered more than 8 goals in a PL season but with Lampard’s guidance he could really undergo a molding process.
Chelsea’s defensive line could be surrounded by skepticism with the departure of David Luiz, with exception of Azpilicueta the back 4 will all be under the age of 25 with limited regular first team football at this level. N’Golo Kante’s fitness is up for debate which also adds to the potential defensive woes.
Chelsea have scored 13 goals in their last 4 pre-season games but have also conceded 9 which averages out at 5.5 goals a game, with United’s defensive reinforcements and Chelsea’s current goal filled games, this could be an entertaining one.
A 2-2 draw sounds accurate, Barkley to score and match result- draw is generally available at 16/1.
Happy Super Sunday.