Wolves’ new under-23 head coach James Collins will take charge of the side for the first time on Friday evening as the development team start 2020 with a trip to the East Midlands to take on Leicester City.
After starting in his new role on Wednesday, Collins will be hoping to get off to a positive start at the helm of the unde-23s, as they face a tough Premier League 2 Division 1 test against the Foxes from 7pm.
Victory over Leicester would give Wolves their first win since November in which the under-23s overcame Birmingham City in the Premier League Cup. However, the under-23s have only lost once in the past two months, having instead to settle for four 1-1 draws in succession which left the side in the PL2 relegation zone.
The Foxes currently sit fourth in the Division 1 table, but after a run of four league wins on the bounce, came unstuck before Christmas in a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
You can catch all the action as Wolves under-23s take on Leicester City this evening, with the game free to view worldwide via WolvesTV and the Wolves App.
On Friday evening, commentator Mikey Burrows will be joined by former Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo ahead of kick-off with all the build-up to the match, before live coverage of the game itself from 7pm.
Holmes Park, Leicester
2-3 vs Everton (A)
1-1 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
0-3 vs Salford City (A) LCT
2-1 vs Villarreal (A) PLIC
1-3 vs Blackburn Rovers (A)
2-1 vs Everton (H)
WHAT THE BOSS THINKS
Collins is looking forwards to getting his Wolves career underway this evening as he leads his new side out against Leicester.
On improvements to be made
“I’ve watched the games from December, and I felt they lacked a little bit of goal-threat. Benny [Ashley-Seal] has obviously got a couple of goals, but they still lack a bit of a threat in front of goal.
“They’ve controlled games, had good possession in those games, they just need to start turning the draws into wins.”
On the challenge posed by the Foxes
“I know it’s going to be a little bit more difficult tonight as the FA Cup game with the first-team has seen three players go over there with them, which again is great for them because that’s what it’s all about, but it makes it a bit harder to win games of football at under-23 level. However, that will give the younger players a chance to come into the squad and prove what they can do.
“I think tonight’s game will be tough. Leicester have won something like nine out of their last ten games, they’re strong and competitive, always have a good team out, but it will be good and I’m excited for it being my first game.”
03/01 Leicester City (A)
10/01 Blackburn Rovers (H)
14/01 Tividale (A) BSC
20/01 Derby County (H) PLC
24/01 Leeds Untied (H) PLC