Etihad Stadium - Premier League
Free-scoring Manchester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad, as the Blues look to keep the pressure on title rivals Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side beat the Anfield outfit in their last Premier League game, but this one’s now equally important against a Wolves team who’ve performed well against the big sides this term.
City have won their last six games against Wolves, with two of those victories in the League Cup, and one of them on penalties. The Wanderers last beat the Blues in 2010, while the last 10 meetings between the sides have produced 35 goals.
Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are all set to miss this game through injury, while Guardiola will bring back some of the players who sat out Wednesday’s League Cup annihilation of Burton Albion. Sergio Aguero is a slight doubt though as he gets over an illness.
The visitors have no injuries or suspensions to worry about coming into this game, meaning Nuno Santo has a full complement of players to choose from. The Wolves boss has largely stuck with the same starting XI all season, and only made a couple of changes for Monday’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
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As if the odds weren’t already stacked heavily enough against Wolves, they also need to create a little piece of history if they want to beat City in this game. The Wanderers have never won in the Premier League when they’ve played on a Monday, while their hosts look like they’re back to their best after a bad run of form.
After losing three in four in the Premier League, City have won their last four games in all competitions, scoring 21 goals in the process. It may be true that 16 of those have been against lower league opposition in two different cup tournaments, but the Blues got a solid 3-1 victory at Southampton before their crucial 2-1 win against Liverpool in their last league match.
Wolves also beat the Merseysiders by the same score on their last outing, as they secured their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup. That’s another feather in Nuno’s cap this season, after beating Chelsea and Tottenham in December, and getting draws against Arsenal and both Manchester clubs earlier in the campaign.
Although Wolves have done brilliantly against the big teams this term, it’s very tough to see them getting a win here. It’s 18/1 if you think they can, but City are the heavy favourites at 1/5. If you think there’ll be a repeat of the draw from earlier in the season, that’s 7/1.
City to win and BTTS at 9/4
City haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six games, but they look like they’ve put their blip behind them and rarely slip up at home.
1-1 draw at 16/1
However, Wolves have a solid defence and lots of pace on the counter, which has proven to be a strong combination against the big six this season.