Last weekend was a successful one for Man City as they moved top of the Premier League for the first time this season, capitalising on Chelsea losing to West Ham United. Victory over Watford last weekend was the fifth consecutive win for Man City in the Premier League, the best current run in the division. In that time, Man City have scored 12 goals and conceded just three, keeping clean sheets against Manchester United and Everton. However, they do come into this game off the back of a defeat, beaten 2-1 by RB Leipzig in the Champions League – though there was nothing on the line for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Wolves, meanwhile, are currently suffering a bit of a slump yet again having previously dragged themselves up the table. While they are still eighth, just six points outside the top four, Wolves have gone three games without a win since beating West Ham 2-0 last month. That victory was followed by draws against relegation battling Norwich City and Burnley, both of whom are currently in the bottom three. And last weekend they were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool, suffering the sucker-punch of a Divock Origi injury-time winner having done so well to keep the Reds out.
Manchester City have the early chance to put some pressure on title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea as they host Wolves. Pep Guardiola’s side are in action in the early kick-off (12.30pm) on Saturday as they look to strengthen their position at the top of the Premier League, having moved to the summit last weekend.
City dominated as they eased their way to a 3-1 win at Watford last time out, with Bernardo Silva continuing his superb form this season with another double at Vicarage Road after Raheem Sterling’s opener. They’ll hope to extend their one-point advantage at the top of the table, even if it is just for a couple of hours, as they take on a Wolves side who have proven a tough nut to crack this season.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport : “Manchester City were able to rest a few players against RB Leipzig on Tuesday because they were already through to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners. “So, I don’t think that defeat or poor performance will stop the momentum City have been building in the past few weeks with a run of five successive Premier League wins that has taken them to the top of the table. “Wolves don’t give much away but they can’t score either – they’ve only managed to find the net once in their past five games. I can’t see them troubling City too much.”
The Premier League leaders Man City play host to Wolves this weekend where any dropped points could lead to Guardiola’s men dropping down as low as third. Wolves arrive sitting 8th in the table but have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks which could be a major issue this weekend.
Man City got the domestic double over Wolves last season and we’re backing the hosts to win again on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Man City have won five of their last six matches in all competitions, while Wolves have failed to score in four of their last five league games.
We’re not expecting lots of goals to be scored in this game partly because Man City were in action on Tuesday night and have only scored more than 2-goals in two of their last six matches. Wolves might not have scored in four of their last five matches but they also haven’t conceded more than two goals in any of those games.
Raheem Sterling hasn’t made the biggest impact this season but his recent form has improved and he now has 3-goals in the Premier League. We’re backing the England star to score against Wolves this weekend as he has netted 4-goals in his last eight games for Man City and is likely to play from the start on Saturday.
Man City were away at Watford at the weekend where an early strike from Sterling set the Citizens on their way to victory. Bernardo Silva scored a goal in each half as Man City ran out 3-1 winners at Vicarage Road, a result that took City to the top of the Premier League table.
Wolves played host to in-form Liverpool on Saturday where a solitary goal from Origi deep into stoppage time won the game for the visitors. Wolves have been going through some issues in teh final third of late, failing to score in four of their last five matches, but defensively they have still looked strong which bodes well ahead of their trip to the Etihad.
Wolves became the latest victims of a last-minute Divock Origi winner last weekend, but Bruno Lage must have thought his luck was in when Diogo Jota somehow blasted the ball at Conor Coady when he otherwise had the whole of the goal to aim at.
However, Origi came off the bench to smash home Liverpool’s winner in the fourth minute of second-half injury time, which represented Wolves’ third game without a win or a goal in the Premier League as their European dream took yet another hit.
Having now overseen a bitter downturn in fortunes with just one win from their last five in the top flight, Lage has work to do to pull his side back into top-six contention as they sit eighth in the standings – two points behind seventh-placed Arsenal and three behind Manchester United.
A paltry tally of just one goal from their last five games highlights where the problems lie for this Wolves side – who have not had many problems shutting up shop in defence – although only one of their last six away games has ended in defeat.
Man City comfortably saw off Wolves 4-1 at the Etihad last term after claiming a 3-1 win at Molineux a few months before, and this week’s visitors to Manchester have lost six of their last nine visits to the Citizens’ headquarters.