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Manchester City vs Wolves - Match Preview

13 Jan 2019 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester City

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
20:00 GMT
14 January 2019

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
20:00 GMT 14 January 2019

The weekend action in the Premier League reaches a climax on Monday might as over-achieving promoted side, Wolves, make the trip to the home of the champions.

STATS

  • Manchester City have been impressive once again this season but not as good as they were last term. They head into the game seven points behind Liverpool with a game-in-hand after losing two of their last four in the league. Although, they did manage to beat their title rivals in their last Premier League fixture.
  • Wolves have earned the reputation of being a tough team to play against for the top six and they showed that when they faced Man City earlier in the campaign as they got a 1-1 draw. They have been experiencing a mixed set of results of late as they have won two and lost two of their last five in the league and knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup last week.
  • Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have been in good goalscoring form for the Citizens this term, with nine and ten goals respectively they are still in the Golden Boot race.
  • Raul Jimenez has been Wolves’ main source of goals in the Premier League this season as he has six at this stage.

HEAD TO HEAD

As mentioned, the last meeting between the sides ended as a 1-1 draw at Molineux near the beginning of the campaign. This was the first since in the league since 2012 where City had go on a run of five straight wins against Wolves. Their last three matches against each other in all competitions have produced just four goals with both teams scoring in just one of them.

MANCHESTER CITY NEWS

It’s a must-win game for Man City at this point in the season as they are relentlessly chasing the tail of Liverpool. Aguero and Vincent Kompany both face late fitness tests as they are doubts for the clash.

Latest matches: Manchester City

09.01.2019 EFL Manchester City Burton Albion 9:0 W
06.01.2019 FA C Manchester City Rotherham United 7:0 W
03.01.2019 Prem Manchester City Liverpool FC 2:1 W
30.12.2018 Prem Southampton FC Manchester City 1:3 W
26.12.2018 Prem Leicester City Manchester City 2:1 L

WOLVES NEWS

An unlikely win for the visitors would take them level on points with 7th-placed Watford in their quest for European football. They have the luxury of no injured players for one of their biggest games of the season.

Latest matches: Wolverhampton Wanderers

07.01.2019 FA C Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool FC 2:1 W
02.01.2019 Prem Wolverhampton Wanderers Crystal Palace 0:2 L
29.12.2018 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers 1:3 W
26.12.2018 Prem Fulham FC Wolverhampton Wanderers 1:1 D
21.12.2018 Prem Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool FC 0:2 L

SUMMARY

It’s hard to imagine anything other than a Man City win in this one in spite of Wolves’ strong record against the top six. With both teams desperate to play attacking football, it might be a game that sees them both score however I expect the home side to dominate and keep a clean sheet while scoring at least two goals. Therefore, backing City to win with a -1 handicap seems wise.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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