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Wolves and Leicester are bidding to upset the Big Six party - Valentine's Day clash will go a long way to determining their European ambitions

No team has broken the Big Six's stranglehold since 2015/16, when Leicester shocked the world by winning the Premier League title.

Leicester host Wolves on Valentine’s Day evening exclusively live on BT Sport in a match that could have huge implications for both sides’ European ambitions.

For the first time since 2016 - when Leicester secured a miraculous Premier League title win and Southampton finished sixth – it seems the traditional Big Six hierarchy will be overthrown.

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And the Foxes look the most likely once again. After a sensational start to the season in which they briefly threatened to challenge for the title, Leicester are bidding to solidify a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Leicester sit third in the table, 10 points clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United in what has been an outstanding first full season in charge for Brendan Rodgers.

Wolves meanwhile qualified for their first European campaign since 1980 by securing a seventh-placed finish as a newly-promoted club in 2018/19.

The Black Country side sit just a point off the Europa League places heading to the King Power Stadium and six points off Chelsea in fourth, remain outside bets for breaking into the Champions League spots.

While Liverpool are running away with the Premier League title, the chasing pack are struggling for consistency.

Such is Liverpool’s dominance and the openness of the 2019/20 Premier League, second-placed Manchester City are two points closer to 14th than they are to leaders Liverpool.

It means Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea all look vulnerable of sacrificing their places in the top six. Surprise packages Sheffield United in fifth and a resurgent Everton team occupying seventh are the other sides threatening to upset the party.

It’s a huge opportunity for both Leicester and Wolves to storm the Big Six and even the top four.

Leicester possess a squad packed with quality throughout defence, midfield and attack. At the back, the loss of Harry Maguire has been offset by the emergence of Cagyar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans as one of the best centre-back partnerships in the division.

They are flanked by England left back Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira – arguably the best right back in the top flight. James Maddison is one of the most creative players in the division, Wilfried Ndidi one of the best defensive midfielders and up top, Jamie Vardy once again leads the charge for the Premier Leauge Golden Boot award.

When they click into gear they are truly unstoppable – see a 5-0 win over Newcastle and a record 9-0 away win at Southampton this season.

In Rodgers they look to have found the right man for the job. The Northern Irishman is desperate to prove himself once again after bowing out of the Liverpool job in ultimate disappointment.

Since he left Celtic and the chance to win an eighth straight Scottish Premiership title midway through last season, Rodgers has restored the feelgood factor back to the King Power.

Yet in Wolves, Rodgers finds a dangerous opponent who thrive on upsetting the big boys. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are wildly inconsistent but on their day they can defeat anyone.

This season they have already done the double over Manchester City, drawn at Manchester United and very, very nearly caused Liverpool to drop points for just the second time this season.

The campaign before they took a remarkable 17 points from their clashes with the Big Six yet won just two of their six matches against relegated trio Cardiff, Huddersfield and Fulham.

Santo has been forced to rotate more this season to contend with their Europa League campaign and a thin squad has struggled once again to string results together. They are yet to win three on the bounce this season.

But as Pep Guardiola’s side found out first at the Etihad and then at Molineux, Wolves can turn it on to devastating effect against the best in the division.

The first XI – assembled with some help from super agent Jorge Mendes – is high on star quality. Raul Jimenez up front, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in midfield and Conor Coady with the returning Willy Boly at the back would get into most sides in Europe.

Adama Traore perhaps embodies Wolves more than any other player. The muscle-bound winger is a one-man wrecking ball with the ball at his feet and space to run into one week, completely ineffective the week after.

Santo gives very little away in his interactions with the press but has clearly built something special at Molineux. Defeating Leicester on their own patch would be another huge scalp for Wolves.

The reverse fixture ended goalless in August when Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker saw a goal ruled out for handball following a one minute and 38 seconds-long intervention from VAR.

Yet the meeting before saw Wolves win a 4-3 thriller thanks to a sensational hat-trick from Diogo Jota. That defeat proved one of the final nails in the coffin for Rodgers’ predecessor Claude Puel.

Despite the special occasion, this Friday night is set to be just as unromantic for one of these two sides with so much at stake. Tune into BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate at 7.15pm to see who comes out on top.

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