Manchester City’s great unbeaten record this season is about to endure in the midweek. They will be playing host to Wolverhampton, which is already climbing to the 12th of the table after sloping almost to the edge of the relegation zone before. Pep Guardiola’s side this season has been superior and ready to retake the Premier League throne which was grabbed by Liverpool last season.
The teams’ previous games
The Citizens sealed a 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend. Their two centre backs, Ruben Dias and John Stones scored the winning goals while the Hammers only managed to respond once by Michael Antonio’s tap into the empty net.
Wolverhampton was fairly lucky last weekend that they did not go home without any point. Nuno Santo’s men could muster a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United. After conceding first by Jamal Lascelles, they found an equaliser by Ruben Neves’ header.
Pep Guardiola will always be opting for 4-3-3 formation with flexible transition. Raheem Sterling, Gabi Jesus and Phil Foden will be the front three supported by Bernardo Silva, Rodrigo and Kevin de Bruyne. None is really on their injury table but the Dutch defender Nathan Ake.
Meanwhile, Nuno Santo returns to employ 3-4-3 with 3-4-2-1 formation. Wolves’ new signing, William Jose, has not been involved in scoring or providing assists yet, but he is the only option left for the targetman. The Portuguese boss will be counting more on the attacking midfielders to score, Pedro Neto or Adama Traore. The figures who are on the sideline now apart from Raul Jimenez are Marcal, Willy Boly and Daniel Podence.
Players to watch
The Citizens’ attacking line are expected to score again this time after their two centre backs became the hero of their victory in the last outings. The former Everton man, John Stones has bagged three goals so far in 16 appearances of EPL, while Ruben Dias has featured in even 23 games with his goal debut last weekend.
The La Masia graduate, Adama Traore, may have not scored or provided any assists yet. However, he has been named the man of the match twice, to show his importance for the team, especially in cutting back their contender’s backline. Another key man to watch in Wolves is Pedro Neto who has netted and made assists five times each.
Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Prediction
This game is supposedly easy for Kevin de Bruyne and Co to extend their unbeaten run to 28 games. Nevertheless, Nuno Santo’s men still could provide a menace for their defence with his Portuguese connections. It might be a tough one for Manchester City shall claim three points here in the end.
The Citizens are definitely the favourite here. Their win market is at 3/14. Ruben Neves and Co are only priced to win at 21/1 whereas the odds for a tie are at 7/1.