Wolves return to action this Friday following their winter break as they host high-flyers Leicester City.

Both sides go into the fixture on poor runs of form, with Wolves only winning once this year and the Foxes slipping further away from the top.

Nuno’s team have the excuse of a difficult set of fixtures, including playing Liverpool twice and Manchester United three times.

With the Europa League resuming next week, a victory would build momentum for Wolves ahead of the visit of Espanyol.

Here are the three key talking points ahead of the game.

Battle for the top four

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For both sides, the top four is the target come the end of the season.

Wolves remain six points behind Chelsea in fourth, but turning draws into wins could see them climb the table.

Leicester’s superb start to the season sees them in third and 10 points clear of Sheffield United in fifth, but a poor run of form could put the Foxes’ top four spot under threat.

With both teams in unconvincing form and battling for the top four, the game could be scrappy.

With the match-up being played on a Friday night, either team could gain an early advantage.

If Wolves or Leicester leave with a victory, there will be pressure on the teams around them who know they’ll need to match their result.

Adama Traore vs Ben Chilwell

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Adama Traore has been one of Wolves’ best players this season.

 

The Spaniard’s performances have seen him attract the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Traore will be coming up against England left-back Ben Chilwell, who has emerged as one of the best in his position in the country.

The two have only come head-to-head against each other once, as Traore was on the bench during their 0-0 meeting back in August.

Both players have been impressive recently, so the match-up could be crucial for the outcome of the game.

In all competitions this season, Wolves have a win percentage of 64% when Traore gets either a goal or assist. When Traore doesn’t chip in with a goal or assist, Wolves’ win percentage drops down to 37.5%.

The winger is vital to Wolves’ success and a good performance could be the difference between no points and three.

Winter break recovery

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Wolves spent their winter break training in Marbella, whereas Leicester players were given time off before returning to training this week.

This is the first winter break in the Premier League, which could either positively or negatively affect some teams.

With both having a break from playing, Wolves were the busiest as Nuno took the players out to train in more favourable weather.

Leicester’s players could feel more invigorated by a rest, but may lack in sharpness early on in the game which Wolves could capitalise on.

The two teams have approached their first winter break differently and it will be interesting to see if this has an impact on the game.

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