Brendan Rodgers claims Wolves are a ‘team full of quality’ after his Leicester City side were handed a home Midlands derby against them on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side make the short journey across the Midlands on Saturday, August 10 in a repeat of Leicester’s first home game last season, when the Foxes won 2-0.
Leicester boss Rodgers, who was still in charge of Celtic at the time, saw enough of Wolves last season to know they must be respected, after they finished seventh last term, five points ahead of ninth-placed Leicester.
“It won’t be easy for us against Wolves, who enjoyed a brilliant season to finish seventh in the Premier League in the last campaign and are a team full of quality,” Rodgers told www.lcfc.com
“Equally, I don’t think there will be any teams in the Premier League that will have been pleased to travel to King Power Stadium on the opening day knowing the quality we have in our own squad.
“We go into to the season with renewed desire, belief and determination to take an important next step on our journey together. To do that, we must make King Power Stadium a difficult place to come to, which is something that our supporters will play a huge part in against Wolves, and throughout the season.”
After Leicester, Wolves’ first home game sees an eagerly-awaited visit of Manchester United a week later, with Nuno’s men aiming for a third straight win over the Red Devils. That is followed seven days later by another Molineux clash, this time against Burnley. Wolves complete August with a trip to Everton on the last day of the month, before the first international break, resuming with the visit of Chelsea on September 14.
Wolves have to wait until Saturday, November 9 for their first West Midlands derby, when Villa are the visitors. It will be the first showdown in the top flight for the teams since 2011-12. The return is at Villa Park on Saturday, April 4.
The festive period couldn’t be more high profile for Wolves, with champions Manchester City providing the opposition at Molineux on Boxing Day, then European champions Liverpool at Anfield two days later. The hectic Christmas schedule is completed by a trip to Watford on New Year’s Day.
Wolves have their first trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, February 29. Of the rest of their matches against the ‘top six’, Wolves travel to City on October 5, go to Arsenal on November 2, host Tottenham on December 14, entertain Liverpool on Tuesday, January 21, immediately before a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on February 1. Arsenal are at Molineux on April 11, and Wolves finish their Premier League season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.