• February 8, 2023

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Leicester City: Foxes’ title hopes suffer blow

Fabio Silva had the best chance of the game but was rejected by Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester City’s hopes of winning the Premier League title suffered a blow after tying a goalless draw with Midlands rivals Wolves.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are in third place, four points behind leaders Manchester City, who face champions Liverpool at 16:30 GMT, and have one more game up for grabs.

The visitors have had a great away record this season but have been flat for large periods of the competition and have not been able to fully test Rui Patricio.

The Wolves’ goalkeeper garnered a few drives from James Maddison, but efforts were out of reach and comfortably kept away.

Striker Jamie Vardy returned after an hour from an injury and almost won it over time, but went far from a promising position.

The Wolves only had one shot on goal during the entire game, although that was the best chance for both sides. The low goal of substitute Fabio Silva from close range was fought off perfectly by Kasper Schmeichel.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side beat Arsenal last time, but won only once in 10 league games and remain 14th in the table.

Leicester held dull

Leicester stunned English football when it won a shocking Premier League title just five years ago. However, he will feel that this was a missed opportunity to repeat the feat.

Rodgers’ side extended their run to defeat in 10 games but failed to score points with runner-up Manchester United, held late at home by Everton on Saturday.

The draw means Leicester has accumulated 27 points in its travels this season, most of them alongside the Red Devils. However, a poor performance in front of goal means they haven’t scored away for the second time this season.

Playmaker Maddison tried to weave his magic but was limited to strikes from a distance, while Kelechi shattered Iheanacho from an angle wide.

Harvey Barnes had a low shot that was brilliantly blocked by Max Kilman and Vardy, who missed three games with hernia surgery. He almost had a dramatic impact on his return, but sent a header out in the 92nd minute.

Rating problems for wolves

Wolves have ranked seventh twice since their return to the Premier League in 2018 and are below the high standards they have set themselves.

Nuno’s side have only scored 23 goals in 23 games this season and have not scored for the eighth time. Talisman striker Raul Jimenez is missing in the opposing area.

Pedro Neto and Adama Traore often beat their opposing full-backs but couldn’t find a teammate with their last pass, while Willian Jose barely sniffed in January.

Ruben Neves shot twice from decent positions in the first half and they could have scored when the ball fell on Silva eight meters from target, but his side-foot shot was splendidly deflected by Schmeichel’s outstretched foot.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Cadre number11PlayernameRui Patrício

  2. Cadre number32PlayernameDendoncker

  3. Cadre number16PlayernameCoady

  4. Cadre number49PlayernameKilman

  5. Cadre number22ndPlayernameNélson Semedo

  6. Cadre number8thPlayernameRúben Neves

  7. Cadre number28PlayernameJoão Moutinho

  8. Cadre number19thPlayernameJonny

  9. Cadre number37PlayernameTraore

  10. Cadre number12PlayernameWillian Jose

  11. Cadre number7thPlayernamePedro Neto

  1. Cadre number2PlayernameHow far

  2. Cadre number17thPlayernameFábio Silva

  3. Cadre number18thPlayernameGibbs-White

Leicester City

  1. Cadre number1PlayernameFlattery

  2. Cadre number21stPlayernameRicardo Pereira

  3. Cadre number6PlayernameEvans

  4. Cadre number4thPlayernameTell

  5. Cadre number2PlayernameJustin

  6. Cadre number8thPlayernameTielemans

  7. Cadre number20thPlayernameChoudhury

  8. Cadre number17thPlayernameAyoze Perez

  9. Cadre number10PlayernameMaddison

  10. Cadre numberfifteenPlayernameBarnes

  11. Cadre number14thPlayernameYour anacho

  1. Cadre number9PlayernameVardy

  2. Cadre number11PlayernameAlbrighton

Constellations

Wolves

formation 3-4-3

11Rui Patrício

32Dendoncker16Coady49Kilman

22ndNélson Semedo8thsnow28João Moutinho19thCastro Otto

37Traore12Da Silva7thgrandson

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 49Kilman
  • 22ndNélson Semedo
  • 8thsnowBooked at 45 minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19thCastro OttoReplaced byHow farat the 45 ‘protocol
  • 37Traore
  • 12Da SilvaReplaced byFábio Silvaat the 61 ‘protocol
  • 7thgrandsonReplaced byGibbs-Whiteat the 88 ‘protocol

replacement

  • 2How far
  • 17thFábio Silva
  • 18thGibbs-White
  • 20thVitinha
  • 21stRuddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 42Richards
  • 54Otas
  • 57Lonwijk

Leicester

formation 4-2-3-1

1Flattery

21stRicardo Pereira6Evans4thTell2Justin

8thTielemans20thChoudhury

17thPerez10MaddisonfifteenBarnes

14thYour anacho

  • 1Flattery
  • 21stRicardo Pereira
  • 6EvansBooked at 32 minutes
  • 4thTellBooked at 54 minutes
  • 2Justin
  • 8thTielemans
  • 20thChoudhury
  • 17thPerezReplaced byAlbrightonat the 61 ‘protocol
  • 10MaddisonBooked at 62 minutes
  • fifteenBarnes
  • 14thYour anachoReplaced byVardyat the 61 ‘protocol

replacement

  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12station
  • 18thAmartey
  • 19thUnder
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fox
  • 33Thomas
  • 46Daley-Campbell

Live text

  1. End of the game, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

  2. The second half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

  3. Missed attempt. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the center of the box is close but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

  4. Corner, Leicester City. The corner was caused by Leander Dendoncker.

  5. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Foul by Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Pedro Neto.

  8. Missed attempt. Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right.

  9. James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Foul by Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  11. Missed attempt. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Prepared by Youri Tielemans.

  12. Handball by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Missed attempt. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right-footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Corner of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The corner was caused by Kasper Schmeichel.

  15. Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the lower right corner. Assisted by Ruben Neves.

  16. Corner of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The corner was caused by Çaglar Söyüncü.

  17. Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joao Moutinho.

  18. Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Prepared by Marc Albrighton.

  19. Missed attempt. Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) header from the left side of the penalty area misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

  20. Corner, Leicester City. The corner was caused by Maximilian Kilman.

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