Sunday, April 18, 2021

Prediction: Manchester City vs Wolves

Verdict: Manchester City to score in the first-half

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to continue on their remarkable winning run, Manchester City will welcome Wolves to an empty Etihad on Tuesday night.

Manchester City

Starting with the hosts, coming past a plucky West Ham thanks to a 2-1 victory over the weekend, the mood in Manchester City’s camp is at a red-hot high. Only continuing on what has been a remarkable purple patch, Pep Guardiola’s side have won each of their last 20 straight matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to December 15th. In fact, City are now unbeaten in 27 matches – winning 24. It is their second-longest such run in their history, after 28 games between April and December 2017. Opening up the midweek fixtures already holding a 12-point buffer at the top of the table and appearing to cruise towards recapturing their Premier League crown, the Sky Blues also have their sights set on securing a famous quadruple-winning season this year. Also managing to pick up an early Champions League advantage with a 2-0 victory away at Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, the former Bayern Munich boss should be looking to lay down another marker at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

Team News

Manchester City have no new injury concerns for the visit of Wolves, with squad rotation expected.

Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte could all return after being rested for the win over West Ham.

West Ham

As for the visitors, while Wolves might have come from behind to snatch a late point away at relegation scrappers Newcastle over the weekend, the Oranges have continued to struggle with their consistency this season. Missing out on a real chance to build on those back-to-back victories against Southampton and Leeds last month, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side still find themselves battling it out in the bottom-half of the Premier League table. Coming under real scrutiny after seeing the Saints end their FA Cup adventure with a 2-0 defeat on February 11th, there is no doubt the Midlands outfit face another overwhelming test in midweek. Despite landing that victory away at St. Mary’s on top-flight duties last month, a huge part of Wolves’ issues this season has come down to some extended issues on the road. Including that stalemate away at Newcastle over the weekend, Tuesday’s guests have managed to win just one of their last eight Premier League contests away from Molineux, a run that stems back to November 29th.

Team News

Wolves will select from the same squad that drew at Newcastle United.

Willy Boly is back in training but is still unavailable, along with Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez and Fernando Marcal.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off in the reverse fixture back in September, Manchester City picked up a 3-1 victory.
  • Including a 2-1 victory against West Ham over the weekend, the Sky Blues have won each of their last 20 straight matchups across all formats.
  • In fact, City are now unbeaten in 27 matches – winning 24. It is their second-longest such run in their history, after 28 games between April and December 2017.
  • Wolves have managed to win just one of their last eight Premier League contests on the road, a run that stems back to the end of November.
  • Wolves have failed to score a first-half goal from open play in any of their last eight matchups across all formats.

Conclusion

Having to settle for a point away at relegation scrappers Newcastle over the weekend, there is no doubt that Wolves face an overwhelming test on Tuesday night. With a growing reputation for their issues on the road, Manchester City should be smelling a real chance to extend on their remarkable run of form. Landing themselves a 2-1 win against a plucky West Ham on Saturday lunchtime, Pep Guardiola’s side have won each of their last 20 straight matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to the middle of December. Opening their buffer at the top of the table to 12 points and appearing to cruise towards reclaiming their Premier League crown this season, it is hard to see anything other than another home victory for a high-flying City in midweek.

Verdict: Manchester City to score in the first-half

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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