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Manchester City vs Wolves: Match Preview

Bertrand Traore

After their defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League, Manchester City will return to action against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Citizens will face the Wolves at home as they will try to hold on to their lead in the Premier League.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is expected to assemble a strong team as they face Wolves. The Premier League champions went top of the table after their 3-1 victory over Watford at the weekend.

Wolverhampton Wanderers on the other hand is coming back from a defeat to Liverpool, a game in which the Reds secured the victory by a goal in the added time. The Wolves are very resolute at the back and will offer a tough competition to Manchester City.

MANCHESTER CITY VS WOLVES: TEAM NEWS AND INJURIES

The Premier League champions have been nursing back some of their injured players in the last few games. However, there is concern regarding Phil Foden, who was taken off as a precaution in the champions league match against Leipzig.

There are also doubts regarding Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake, and Gabriel Jesus, but more news will only surface after the pre-match press conference. Ferran Torres is the major long-term absentee and will most likely return only from January.

For Wolves, there are still no return dates for the likes of Willy Boly, Pedro Neto, and Jonny. Rayan Ait Nouri is also a doubt after picking up an injury during the match against Liverpool. Fernando Marcal is his likely replacement. However 32-year old was out due to Covid-19 and might not be fit for the game.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS AND PREDICTIONS

Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Joao Cancelo; Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jose Sa: Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Marcal; Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Hee-chan Hwang.

PREDICTIONS: Manchester City 2 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves have been excellent defensively this season. The team was able to restrict the free-scoring Liverpool side till the last minutes.

But they will be playing at Ethihad Stadium and City is known for dominating and dismantling lesser oppositions. Wolves do have a recent history of upsetting Manchester City. But with a side that is scoring less than a goal a game, it will be hard to penetrate the City defense.

Pep Guardiola will also be looking to have a response from his team after their loss to RB Leipzig in the Champions League. The Spaniard however will be happy that Kevin De Bruyne has returned to the starting eleven. The excellent form of Bernardo Silva will also be crucial as City tries to break the visitor’s defense.

The Premier League is currently in a three-way title race, with top-placed City and 3rd placed Chelsea separated by just 2 points. Any slip from the champions will give their rivals a chance to move ahead of them. Hence expect City to approach the game with full intensity.

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