Manchester City’s quest for the Premier League title takes them to the Molineux this Wednesday as they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Venue: Molineux Stadium (Wolverhampton)
Wolves have won just one of their last six PL games (four losses and one draw).
The hosts have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine home games.
Wolves have scored just 35 goals this season. Only Norwich (22) Burnley and Watford (both 32) have scored fewer goals than them.
Wolverhampton failed to score in 5 of their last 10 home matches
Manchester City have scored 14 goals across their last three league games.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last 16 away league games (W13, D3).
They have kept seven clean sheets in their past ten away matches
Manchester City have scored two or more goals in 14 of their past 20 matches
They have dropped a league-low two points when taking a lead at any stage (W27, D1).
The visitors are the highest-scoring side in the league with 89 goals.
Head to head
In 15 PL meetings between both sides, Manchester City have the edge with nine wins, while Wolves have recorded just four wins.
Latest performances in all competitions
Manchester City: W-L-W-W-W
Wolves will look to win their first league game since early April when they host Manchester City this Wednesday.
The hosts kept the faint flame of their top-seven hopes burning as they snatched a point last time out against Chelsea. In an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge, Romelu Lukaku put the Blues two goals up, but a 97th-minute goal from captain Conor Coady salvaged a point for Wolves.
The result also ended a run of three straight league defeats. But they must now face both Manchester City and Liverpool across the final three games, and will probably need to pick up points against both to secure a place in Europe next season.
They currently sit in eighth position five points behind seventh-placed West Ham, who have played a game more. An unlikely win here reduces that difference to two points ahead of the season’s final two games.
Bruno Lage’s side have alternated between winning and losing across their last eight home PL games (W4, L4), a pattern they’d like to continue considering they fell to a 3-0 defeat in their last home match against Brighton.
Their record against Man City also suggests that they will probably go home with a good result as they haven’t lost back-to-back home league head-to-head since 1981.
Possible Wolves starting line-up
Jose Sa; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Jonny, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Fernando Marcal; Francisco Trincao, Hee Chan-Hwang; Raul Jimenez.
Injured: Nelson Semedo, Max Kilman
Doubtful: Daniel Podence
Manchester City will look to make it five wins in five PL games when they travel to the Molineux on Wednesday.
The ‘Cityzens’ bounced back in style from their disappointing loss in the Champions League with a 5-0 win over Newcastle United last Sunday. The win, followed by Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham, preserved Man City’s place at the top of the table.
They come into this round of games sitting three points ahead of the Reds and with a better goal difference, having scored two more goals and conceded two less than Jurgen Klopp’s side.
With the Premier League title the only possible title they can win this season, they should be fully focused on earning a fourth PL title across the last five years. And manager Pep Guardiola has called this game the “real, real, real final” for his side.
But a return of just one win at this venue for Guardiola suggests that victory is not a given (W1, D1, L1). However, a return of 14 goals across their last three league games will suggest that City are in the mood during this period. They are also currently in their longest ever unbeaten run of away league games, having not tasted defeat in 16 away league games (W13, D3) – eclipsing a 15-game run that ended back in 1999.
Possible Manchester City starting line-up
Ederson Moraes, Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling.
Injured: Ruben Dias, John Stones, Kyle Walker
Doubtful: Nathan Ake
Wolves 0-2 Manchester City