Sunday, October 2, 2022

Prediction: Wolves vs Manchester City

Verdict: Manchester City win & under 4.5 goals

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to move one step closer to recapturing their Premier League crown, Manchester City will make the trip to Molineux on Wednesday night.

Wolves

Starting with the hosts, while Wolves might have mounted a stunning comeback away at Stamford Bridge a few days ago, Bruno Lage’s side will know that they face a huge task on Wednesday night. Eventually snatching a last-gasp 2-2 draw away at former European champions Chelsea, the one-time Benfica boss faces a real uphill struggle if they’re to clinch a European return this season. Sat five points adrift of breaking into that Europa Conference League spot, the Midlands-based outfit have collected just a single point from their last four Premier League contests. With their recent issues highlighted by a dreadful 3-0 drumming against Brighton on April 30th, Wolves have also shown some extended issues on home soil. Including defeats against the likes of Leeds and Crystal Palace, Lage’s men have lost five of their last eight matchups at Molineux against Premier League opposition.

Team News

Wolves have confirmed that the duo of Max Kilman, Nelson Semedo and Daniel Podence will all be out for the rest of the season.

Coming off the bench and getting a pair of assists at Stamford Bridge a few days ago, Chiquinho will be hoping for a start here.

Manchester City

As for the visitors, while Manchester City might have came crashing out of the Champions League against Real Madrid last week, the Sky Blues managed to immediately put that collapse behind them. Storming their way past Newcastle at the Etihad and landing a 5-0 romp, Head Coach Pep Guardiola knows that his side are sat in pole position to reclaim their Premier League crown. Watching Liverpool drop points against Tottenham at Anfield a few days ago, the one-time Bayern Munich boss finds his side holding a three-point buffer at the top of the table. Really appearing to have found their clinical edge in the final third, Wednesday’s guests have won each of their last four top-flight contests. In fact, winning those four Premier League showdowns by an aggregate score of 17-1, City will also be boosted by their recent record against Wolves. Including a 1-0 victory when the two sides faced off back on December 11th, Guardiola’s men have won each of their last three meetings against the European outsiders.

Team News

In what is a real blow for Manchester City, defensive star Ruben Dias will miss the remainder of the season after limping off against Newcastle over the weekend.

The 24-year-old will be joined on the sidelines by the English duo of Kyle Walker and John Stones.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including a 1-0 victory when the two sides faced off back on December 11th, Manchester City have won each of their last three meetings against Wolves.
    • Likewise, the Sky Blues have won each of their last four Premier League matchups by an aggregate score of 17-1.
    • Wolves have managed to pick up just a single point from their last four Premier League contests.
    • Wednesday’s hosts have also lost five of their last eight home fixtures against top-flight opposition.
    • Manchester City have conceded just a single goal in any of their last seven domestic contests away from the Etihad.

    Conclusion

    Appearing to have put their Champions League heartbreak behind them with a stunning 5-0 romp against Newcastle a few days ago, Manchester City know that they’re within touching distance of reclaiming their Premier League crown. Really finding their feet in the final third and winning their last four top-flight matchups by an aggregate score of 17-1, Wednesday’s guests will be looking to cash in on a Wolves side who have shown some extended problems on home soil. While they might have managed to salvage a shock point away at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, that is the only point that Lage’s side have collected from their last four Premier League matchups. Likewise, losing their last three meetings against the English heavyweights, we’re backing a similar away victory here.

    Verdict: Manchester City win & under 4.5 goals

    Best Odds: 4/6

    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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