England Premier League
Monday 21st September 2020
Kick off at 8:15pm BST
Venue: Molineux Stadium
It feels like an age since we’ve witnessed Manchester City play a competitive game of football. In truth it’s been a month since they were knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon. However with the club not being obliged to play on the opening weekend of the new season and then their game being pushed back until this weekend was over until Monday, it will be a welcome sight to see Pep Guardiola and Manchester City in the Spaniard’s 5th season at the club.
But let’s start with Wolves who got their Premier League camapign off to a glorious start when they beat Sheffield United 2-0 away from home. Raul Jimenez who was so good last season got one of the goals and he is set to have another commanding camapign with the club, who will be looking to punch above their weight yet again.
The club did lose Diogo Jota to Liverpool which will feel like a blow, and it will be important that they hang onto other key players. The club did lose to Stoke in the Carabao Cup which is a disappointement even if it may feel like one cup competition out of the way for them, it is still a trophy that they could have won.
Manchester City will hopefully be raring to go, the thinking is that only them and Liverpool have a chance to win the league title this season. Will a 3rd battle commence? City lost key early games last season which gave Liverpool a chance to run away with the league, this led to Jose Mourinho saying in November that the league was Liverpool’s. By Christmas it felt confirmed and City went on to lose 9 games. That can’t happen again if Guardiola wants to win his 3rd league title in England.
The two big names that City lost in the summer were David Silva who moved on after 10 fantastic years and Leroy Sane was signed by Bayern Munich for close to £55m. City have only spent £70m so far, low for their standards after they brought in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, he costing £40m, the forward Ferran Torres from Valencia for £20m and Pablo Moreno from Juventus for £9m. Torres is 20 and Moreno is 18, and so City will be hoping that their gambles have paid off well for the future.
Wolves: There are no new injuries for the club coming into this game
Manchester City: Sergio Aguero is ruled out through a knee injury he sustained at the end of last season and is not due back until November. Bernardo Silva is expected to be back after a muscle injury he picked up in an international game but will have to be assessed. Aymeric Laporte is ruled out as he is recovering from Covid-19, he could be back for next weeks match
Wolves vs Man City Head to Head:
Last season Wolves won this encounter 3-2.
Wolves have won the last 2 league meetings.
Manchester City have won just 1 of the past 4 games played at Wolves which was back in 2012.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Wolves vs Man City Prediction:
Away to Wolves with Aguero out, Silva gone to pastures new and the champions Liverpool with a 6 point psychological advantage, this doesn’t feel ideal for Manchester City.
This match feels like a must win for City and they have the calibre of players to score a few goals and win easily. But as we saw from last season they haven’t always been up to it. Wolves are no pushovers, and we think they will be strong at home this season. Therefore we're avoiding the result markets as this could have surprise written all over it. We will instead opt for goals, and we also think Adama Traore is worth backing, his pace seems to give him a nack of scoring goals against the high line of Man City.
Wolves vs Man City Betting Tips:
Both teams to score (Yes) at 1.80
Over 2.5 goals at 1.72
Anytime goalscorer (Adama Traore) at 5.50