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? Manchester City vs. Wolves: Match Preview & Possible XIs

Sun 06 October 2019 | 6:13

The Sky Blues and the Wolves return to English Premier League contention after their respective victories in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions this week.

Competition: 2019/20 English Premier League Season – Matchday 8

​Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, UK

​Date: Sunday 6th October 2019

Time: 14:00 (UK); 09:00 EST

Last season: Manchester City 3-0 Wolves

Referee: Craig Pawson

Manchester City are back in Premier League action this weekend as Guardiola's champions host Wolves at the Etihad.

City sit five points behind leaders Liverpool after seven games, and Guardiola knows by last season's tight title race that there is little room left for error if he is going to make it a hat-trick of League triumphs in England.

Wolves have had a difficult start after such a fine 2018-19 campaign as Nuno Espirito Santo's side sit 13th with one win from seven, with Europa League commitments taking their toll and Man City are ready to take full advantage.

Team News

Manchester City:

Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne after he was ruled out with a groin injury – although it was not supposed to be too serious. The defending Premier League are also still without John Stones, meaning Fernandinho will continue at center-back.

Wolves

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will not be able to call upon forward Diogo Jota, who missed Thursday’s Europa League win over Besiktas with an ankle injury. But other than the Portuguese, Wolves have a fully-fit squad.

Key Statistics:

-Manchester City are unbeaten in all five home Premier League matches against Wolves (W4 D1 L0), winning each of the last four.

-Nine of the last 14 goals scored in Premier League meetings between Man City and Wolves have been via set-pieces (four corners, three penalties, two free-kicks), including four of the five last season.

-Manchester City have only failed to score in one of their last 44 home Premier League games (W39 D3 L2), a goalless draw with Huddersfield in May 2018. They've scored 142 goals at the Etihad in that run, netting five or more on 11 different occasions.

-Wolves have picked up just one win in their last 10 away Premier League games (D4 L5), beating Watford 2-1 in April.

-Wolves have been shown a red card in their last two Premier League away games - the last side to have a player sent off in three consecutive games on the road in the competition were Blackburn in April 2011.

-Man City's Riyad Mahrez has scored a direct free-kick goal in his last two Premier League matches (vs Watford and Everton) - only Ian Harte in 2001 and Wayne Rooney in 2013 have scored such a goal in three consecutive games. He's also two goals away from becoming the first Algerian to reach 50 Premier League goals.

Head To Head Results:

Today’s match is the 120th competitive encounter between the two clubs, with City winning 48 times in comparison to 46 victories for Wolves.

The visitors will take confidence from their recent clashes with City, having held Guardiola's team to a draw in two of their last three matches in all competitions.

However, while Wolves edged out City in a penalty shootout in July's Premier League Asia Trophy, the North-West side eased to a 3-0 success in last season's corresponding fixture in January.

Predicted Line-ups:

Manchester City XI (4-3-3):

Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko; David Silva, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

Wolves XI (3-4-2-1):

Rui Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Jonny Castro; Pedro Neto, Traore; Jimenez


source: SportMob