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Looking Ahead: Foxes v Wolves


09:00 30th January 2013

The two teams meet on Thursday evening

Wolves travel to Leicester City's King Power Stadium for a televised clash this Thursday evening looking to complete the double over the Foxes.
First half goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and former Leicester defender Richard Stearman gave Wolves a 2-0 lead at Molineux in September, but they had to survive relentless pressure from the visitors in the second half, eventually winning 2-1 after Paul Konchesky had halved the deficit twenty minutes from time.
That game was the first meeting between the sides in almost five years - with the previous two meetings in the 2007/2008 season both ending in draws.
Wolves fans will recall the final game of the regular season in May 2007, when Mick McCarthy's side ran out 4-1 winners at the then Walkers Stadium to secure their place in the play-offs.
Over 3,000 supporters made the trip to the East Midlands that day, and watched as the likes of Andy Keogh, Michael Kightly and Jay Bothroyd helped Wolves come back from a goal down to clinch what was an unexpected berth in the end of season shake-up in McCarthy's first season at the club.
Wolves also chalked up four goals against the Foxes in the home clash during the 2003/04 season, but that was only half the story of an incredible game.
Both sides had been promoted to the Premier League the previous season - Leicester as runners-up to Portsmouth and Wolves as play-off winners - and were expected to struggle. When the two sides met in late October, both had won only one league fixture, and were languishing towards the bottom of the league.
Wolves' woes looked to be increasing further when Les Ferdinand scored twice in the opening quarter hour to put Leicester in control, and their grip on the game was tightened when Riccardo Scimeca added a third ten minutes before the break.
However, what followed was one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history, as Dave Jones' side defied the odds to hit back with four second half goals.
Colin Cameron got the ball rolling with a strike from the edge of the box on 52 minutes, and the belief around Molineux grew further when the Scottish midfielder struck home a penalty after Keith Gillespie had handled in the box.
Alex Rae then levelled proceedings on 68 minutes, before Henri Camara completed an astonishing fightback by converting Denis Irwin's cross five minutes from time.
Jones admitted after the game that the match was one of the most extraordinary he had ever witnessed, saying: "That's probably the comeback of all comebacks at this football club, I've never been involved in anything like that in senior football."
Leicester went on a five-game unbeaten run following the defeat, while Wolves recorded further memorable home results against Manchester United and Liverpool, but neither team were able to sustain the levels of form to remain in the division and were relegated along with Leeds United.
Of the last twenty games in all competitions between the sides, ten have ended in draws, with both sides winning five each.
Going into Thursday's clash, Leicester are unbeaten in five league games, having won their last four in a row. In those four games, the Foxes have netted twelve times, with six of those goals coming in the New Year's Day humbling of Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium. 

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