Wolves vs. Manchester City: Premier League – Match Preview

Manchester City kick start their Premier League campaign off with a difficult trip to face Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves opened their season off with an impressive 2-0 win away at Sheffield United last Monday.

Goals from Raul Jiminez and Romain Saiss inside of six minutes secured all three points for the visitors.

Manchester City’s biggest transfer so far this summer has been the purchase of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

They will be without a familiar face this term though after club legend David Silva returned to Spain, joining Real Sociedad.

Match history
Wolves won both meetings last term, recovering from a two goal deficit at the Molineux.

Adama Traore was excellent in both fixtures and scored twice at the Etihad in a 2-0 victory.

Last five Premier League meetings
Wolves 3 Manchester City 2 – 27/12/19
Manchester City 0 Wolves 2 – 06/10/19
Manchester City 3 Wolves 0 – 14/01/19
Wolves 1 Manchester City 1 – 25/08/18
Wolves 0 Manchester City 2 – 22/04/12

Team news
Diego Jota was an unused substitute against the Blades and didn’t make the squad for the EFL Cup with his lack of involvement a surprise.

Marcal is expected to start at left wing-back, with Adama Traore deployed on the opposite flank.

Sergio Aguero will very likely miss City’s opener, having ended the previous campaign with an injury.

Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez are both lacking match fitness having had Covid-19 during the summer break, but both could start.

Expected starting XI’s
Wolves (3-4-3): Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Traore, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Neto, Jiminez, Podence
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Ake; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Predictions

Result: Draw
Manchester City have won just one of the four Premier League matches against Wolves since the latter’s return to the top flight

Correct Score: 1-1
There have been under 2.5 goals in 10 of Wolves last 11 Premier League matches

Anytime Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling
Sterling scored twice in this fixture last term as well as a hat-trick in Manchester City’s opening game of 2019-20

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