Wolverhampton vs Manchester City predictions for Monday’s Premier League tussle at Molineux. Wolves did the double over the Citizens last season. Can Wanderers repeat the trick on Monday evening? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
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Reasons for Wolverhampton vs Manchester City Predictions
- Wolves lost just one of their four meetings with City since their promotion.
- Wanderers scored at least once in 16 of their 19 Premier League home matches last season.
- Man City averaged 2.36 goals per 90 minutes on the road last term.
- Wolve scored five goals in their two Premier League clashes with City in 2019/20.
Wolves targeting another City scalp
Wolves, who looked like top four challengers for much of the 2019/20 season, started the fresh campaign in typically impressive style last week with a fine 2-0 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Early strikes from talismanic Mexican Raul Jimenez and defender Romain Saiss inside the first six minutes in Sheffield were enough to earn Wanderers three points, though Man City should provide a far sterner test to the Blades’ credentials on Monday evening.
Wolves were left a little red faced in mid-week when a strong looking Wanderers team was dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Championship outfit Stoke, though Nuno Espirito Santo will forgive his underperforming stars if they can beat City at Molineux for the second season running.
Ring rust an issue for City?
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City meanwhile, haven’t played a competitive fixture since their unexpected defeat and Champions League exit to Lyon in early August, and as the last Premier League club to get their 2020/21 campaign underway, ring rust could be an issue for last season’s runners-up.
City will be without Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva for their trip to the Midlands, though new summer signing Nathan Ake could earn a starting spot following his switch from relegated Bournemouth.
Having finished a full 18 points behind champions Liverpool last season and relinquished their title with a whimper, City will be determined to put a marker down by winning on Monday, though finding a formula to beat Wolves has proved tricky for Guardiola in recent seasons.
Both teams to score priced generously
Having lost both home and away to Wolves last season, Manchester City will be fully aware of just how dangerous a prospect Wanderers will be on Monday evening.
The Citizens managed to beat Nuno Espirito Santo’s well-drilled side just once in four Premier League meetings since Wolves promotion in 2018, and in that quartet of ferociously contested fixtures, Wanderers failed to score on just one occasion.
Overall, Wolves have been consistent goalscorers at Molineux in particular for quite some time, as evidenced by their record of notching in 16 out of 19 home matches last term, and when they face a City side they found plenty of joy against in 2019/20, Wolves will expect to score again.
Keeping the Premier League’s leading scorers from last season at arm’s length for 90 minutes should prove a far stickier task however, and City, who averaged 2.36 goals per game on the road over the course of the previous campaign, have more than enough quality in the final third to score themselves.
With those factors combined, the both teams to score market seems generously priced for Monday’s high-profile skirmish, while our correct score prediction settles on a 2-2 draw.
Wolves proved last season that they have an ability to go toe-to-toe and trade blows with City, and Wanderers’ 3-2 victory against the Citizens in their most recent meeting at Molineux laid the groundwork for another high-scoring encounter on Monday.
The Manchester giants played 80 minutes of that defeat with 10 men however after Ederson’s early sending off, and with a full complement of players available this time around, they should be able to take something from the game despite their recent lack of action.
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