Leicester City 1 Wolverhampton 0 – Foxes ride on Jamie Vardy penalty to move to the top

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2020-21 English Premier League match report – Leicester City v Wolverhampton – King Power stadium – Sunday, November 8, 2020

Leicester City 1 Wolverhampton 0 Match Report

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City went to the top of the table after a narrow 1-0 win over Wolverhampton at the King Power stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves looked well below their best as a dominant Leicester took control of proceedings and were rewarded with a controversial goal in as early as the 12th minute.

A Dennis Praet cross was harshly judged by VAR to have struck Wolves defender Max Kilman’s hand with Jamie Vardy smashing the ensuing spot-kick beyond keeper Rui Patricio from 12 yards.

Despite the Foxes allowing Wolves only five per cent possession in the first half, they managed just two shots on target and both came from spot-kicks.

The Foxes were handed another chance in the 39th minute to double their lead when Rayan Ait-Nouri lunged on James Justin after the Wolves left-back’s poor touch.

Referee Anthony Taylor had no hesitation as he pointed to the spot. But Vardy shot straight down the middle at Patricio’s legs.

The Wolves relieved by the first-half penalty reprieve upped their game after the break, but it were the hosts who came near to scoring when Youri Tielemans nodded a clear chance wide within a minute of the restart.

Leicester defender Wesley Fofana denied Daniel Podence a chance to tap in off a fine ball from Nelson Semedo in the wings. Neto then powered an effort straight at Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who did well to hold it at the first attempt.

This was followed by a Leander Dendoncker volley that went just wide from a searching Fernando Marcal pass and Kilman fired over from close range.

Schmeichel then pulled off the save of the day when he dove full-length to the left to keep out a vicious curler from Ruben Neves that looked like going in.

Leicester still posed a threat and substitute Harvey Barnes almost sealed it for the hosts but his goal-bound effort was deflected over by Kilman’s crucial block.

The last attempt of the fast-paced game was from Christian Fuchs when he let loose a powerful goalward shot only to see it hitting his own defender Jonny Evans.

Even without injured defenders Ricardo Pereira, Daniel Amartey, Caglar Soyuncu, new £25m signing Timothy Castagne and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester have managed to reach the top of the table with 18 points.

Leicester are making it one of their best ever starts to a season after 8 games, even better than the one in 2015-16 when they won the title.

The Wolves have on the other hand slipped a couple of notches down to the 9th spot having garnered 13 points from their 8 outings so far.

Leicester starting XI in a 3-4-2-1 formation:

Schmeichel (goal), Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Justin, Mendy, Tielemans, Thomas, Praet, Maddison, Vardy).

Subs: Albrighton, Barnes, Morgan.

Wolves starting XI in a 3-4-2-1 formation:

Patricio (goal), Kilman, Coady, Boly, Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Ait-Nouri, Podence, Jimenez, Neto.

Subs: Traore), Marcal, Silva.

Man of the match: Wesley Fofana.

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