Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Friday, December 27, 2019


Molineux

Punter's Pick

Manchester City start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. One market that has been fruitful in previous encounters is the corners market. We will be backing over 10 corners at 11/10 with Bet365 which is very generous given the attacking wing play of both teams. As City need to win to have any hope of retaining the title, they will likely dominate possession increasing the likelihood of a high corner count.

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Manchester City to Molineux to conclude the latest round of Premier League games. The champions will be looking to keep pace with Liverpool while Wolves will be looking to continue their own push for a European place. The home side are one of the few teams to have beaten City this season – can they repeat the trick or will Guardiola have his revenge?

Wolves come into this game having lost just once in their last 11 competitive games. That loss was against Tottenham who the home side dominated and outplayed for much of the game only for Jan Vertonghen to score a late header and break Wanderers hearts. Nuno Espirito Santo will have been pleased with the way his team bounced back beating Norwich away with goals from Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez. The team now sit just one place and one point off a Europa League place and just five off a Champions League place. But a gruelling schedule is beginning to take its toll with Santo claiming that his team need to somehow ‘survive’ the next few games against City and Liverpool as they play three games in under 112 hours. But the squad has been used to playing consistently and managed to have a successful campaign last season with much of the same group of players. Progress in the Europa League and sixth place in the Premier League despite a slow start is testament to the manager and the team’s stamina but this will be a huge test given City’s desire for revenge.

Manchester City have this week lost their number 2 in Mikel Arteta who joined Arsenal as Head Coach. It didn’t seem to affect the players too much last time out as they beat Leicester City 3-1 in a clash between two of the top three. Pep Guardiola would have been pleased with the way his team bounced back after going a goal down through Jamie Vardy’s strike. Riyad Mahrez haunted his old side by getting the equaliser before Ilkay Gundogan slotted home a penalty and Gabriel Jesus rounded off the victory with a third. The Citizens will be keen to avoid a repeat of their defeat at the Etihad to Wolves and will look to be more compact between midfield and defence to ensure Adama Traore is not able to run into excess space like last time. It will be interesting to see if Guardiola keeps faith with Jesus up front but Kevin De Bruyne will look to continue his imperious form and will be instrumental in pulling the string from midfield.

In team news Wolves have no fresh injury concerns but remain without Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White. Nuno Espirito Santo will look to field as much of the team that started against Tottenham on Friday with Moutinho and Ruben Neves forming the spine in midfield and Traore the width in supporting Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez.

Manchester City are likely to be without David Silva and John Stones with Fernandinho likely to continue in central defence. Ilkay Gundogan picked up a knock last time out so Rodri will be pushing for a starting berth. Sergio Aguero will also be pushing for a start but with Jesus in good form Guardiola may opt to rest his star striker given the busy schedule ahead. Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain out with long-term injuries.

In recent meetings Wolves have more than held their own against the champions. As mentioned before, Wolves beat City in the reverse fixture earlier in the season when they held on for much of the game and hit the champions on the break twice through Adama Traore. City comfortably won their game at the Etihad last season 3-0 but were held to a 1-1 draw earlier in the season showing that Wolves could be City’s bogey team given their performances against them.

Punter's Pick

Manchester City start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. One market that has been fruitful in previous encounters is the corners market. We will be backing over 10 corners at 11/10 with Bet365 which is very generous given the attacking wing play of both teams. As City need to win to have any hope of retaining the title, they will likely dominate possession increasing the likelihood of a high corner count.

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