Sunday, January 16, 2022

Prediction: Manchester City vs Wolves

Verdict: Manchester City win to nil 

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to bounce back from their European blip earlier in the week, Manchester City will welcome Wolves to the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime.

Manchester City

Starting with the hosts, while Manchester City might have found a route back to the top of the Premier League table, Pep Guardiola will be calling on an immediate response from his side here. Although the Sky Blues might have already booked their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League with time to spare, they were hit with a shock 2-1 defeat away at RB Leipzig in midweek. Nevertheless, despite their European blip on Tuesday, the former Bayern Munich boss should still find the mood in his camp at a real high. Gaining a string of plaudits on either side of November’s international break, the defending Premier League champions are tipped by many as a leading pick to reclaim their domestic crown. While the Sky Blues might have seen their seven-match winning run come to an end in midweek, they have continued to impress on home soil. Including a 2-1 win against PSG, City have won each of their last four contests at the Etihad.

Team News

While Phil Foden and Nathan Ake might have been forced off with knocks in midweek, Manchester City are hopeful that both will be able to feature on Saturday lunchtime.

However, still dealing with a foot injury, Spanish international Ferran Torres will once again miss out this weekend.

Wolves

As for the visitors, while Wolves might have put in a stellar display on home soil last weekend, it was real heartbreak for the Oranges at Molineux. Watching on as Liverpool snatched a last-gasp winner in their 1-0 victory, new boss Bruno Lage is seeking for his side to find some kind of boost after what has become a recent wobble. Although the former Benfica manager might have seen his side land an eye-catching 1-0 win against West Ham last month, they have won just one of their last five Premier League contests. Including back-to-back 0-0 stalemates against relegation scrappers Burnley and Norwich, Lage will also have a headache over his side’s issues in the final third. Along with now drawing three blanks on the spin, Wolves have also scored just a single strike since November 1st. Suffering a 4-1 hammering when the two sides last faced off back in March, the Midlands-based side will know that they face a stern test here.

Team News

Wolves will once again be without the likes of Willy Boly, Yerson Mosquera, Jonny and Pedro Neto when they travel to the Etihad this weekend.

Likewise, Saturday’s guests are also sweating over the fitness of both Rayan Ait-Nouri and Conor Coady.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off back in March, Manchester City picked up a 4-1 victory at the Etihad.
    • Likewise, the Sky Blues collected back-to-back Premier League wins against Saturday’s guests last season, scoring seven goals.
    • City’s midweek defeat against RB Leipzig brought an end to their seven-match winning run from across all formats.
    • Wolves have won just one of their last five Premier League matchups.
    • The Oranges have also managed to score just a single goal in any of those five outings.

    Conclusion

    Watching their seven-match winning run come to an abrupt end in midweek, there is no doubt that Manchester City will be looking for an immediate response here. Finding a route back to the top of the Premier League table, Pep Guardiola’s side should still be smelling a chance at the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime. Landing back-to-back victories against Wolves last season, the defending English champions will be looking to cash in on a side that have shown some extended issues in the final third. Coming off the back of their last-gasp 1-0 defeat against Liverpool last weekend, the Oranges have now won just one of their last five top-flight contests. Also recording just a single goal in any of those five matchups, we’re backing a home victory here.

    Verdict: Manchester City win to nil 

    Best Odds: 7/10

    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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