Manchester City – Wolves
Manchester City do not have any room for mistakes right now, if the champions want to catch up with the leader Liverpool in the Premier League. At this moment the Cityzens are five points behind the Reds and they need to do everything they have in order to avoid getting behind even more.
Because of their Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb during the week, won with 2-0 at the Etihad, Man City could approach this match against Wolves in a different line-up. Against Dinamo Pep Guardiola put Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker on the bench, giving them a rest. Walker stayed on the bench for the whole game, while Sterling came in as a substitute and even scored a goal.
Guardiola’s biggest problem remains the missing players in the heart of the defense. Aymeric Laporte and John Stones remain sidelined and they are usually being replaced by Nicolas Ottamendi and Fernandinho. Lately they are playing almost every game, but the manager do not have any options to rotate them at the moment.
Wolverhampton Wanderers also had an European night during the week. The Wolves travelled to Istanbul to face Besiktas in Europa League and even celebrated a win. The only goal in the game at the Vodafone Park was scored in the 93th minute, when the centre back Willy Boly put the ball in the net.
In the Premier League Wolverhampton are doing a little bit worse compared to the previous season. Nuno Santo’s boys have won just one game in seven rounds played, being 13th in the standings with only 7 points. Their only win came in the previous round, when Wolverhampton beat Watford with 2-0 at the Molineux. Matt Doherty opened the score for Wolves, while Watford’s Daryl Janmaat scored himself an own goal.
Despite of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ problems since the beginning of the season, they remain a serious opponent for every team in the Premier League. That’s why we don’t think it’s going to be easy for Manchester City on Sunday. But they remain favourites to take the win.