There are five Midlands teams in the Championship and two of them meet at the King Power Stadium on Thursday when high-flying Leicester entertain Wolves.
This season represents a perfect opportunity for City to gain promotion to the Premier League, with the Foxes handily placed in second after 28 games played and Nigel Pearson’s side are in tremendous form at the moment.
Leicester have won their last four league games, scoring twelve goals in the process and conceding on just one occasion. They’re currently in pole position to go up with Cardiff City and Ladbrokes go 8/15 about the home side winning Thursday night’s contest.
Chris Wood is likely to restored to the starting line-up for this match after coming off the bench to score the equaliser for City during Saturday’s FA Cup draw at Huddersfield, with the New Zealand international recently arriving from West Brom for £2 million.
Wood has hit the ground running since arriving at the King Power Stadium, bagging seven goals in his first five matches and looks to be the missing piece of the jigsaw for Leicester, with the bookies prepared to offer no bigger than 7/2 (Sky Bet) about the 21-year-old breaking the deadlock.
As for Wolves, the west Midlands side have not mounted the expected promotion challenge, with Stale Solbakken having paid the price for a poor first half of the season. The Molineux board have drafted in Dean Saunders who will be looking to finish as high up the table as possible, although a late play-off push looks unlikely.
Saunders is still looking for his first win since becoming Wanderers manager, with the bookies prepared to go 13/2 (bet365) about an away win in front of the Sky cameras despite the fact that Wolves did beat Leicester in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Saturday’s home defeat to Blackpool saw the team throw away an early lead and Roger Johnson’s red card means that the visitors are going to be short of experience at the back for this contest, which makes the case for backing the home team a slightly stronger one.
Paddy Power offer 6/5 about Leicester leading at half-time and full-time which could be a straightforward and effective bet, while we can’t rule out the possibility that City might score a few goals in this game.
Odds of 22/1 are available at Coral for a 4-0 winning scoreline in favour of the home side, with similar prices knocking around for a 4-1 victory, leaving Saunders with a true baptism of fire on his hands.