With City on a 20-match winning streak in all competitions, tonight's task appears an incredibly tall one for Nuno Espirito Santo and Wolves.
📝 Match context
Man City can equal their own 28-game unbeaten record in all competitions by avoiding defeat against Wolves here, a frighteningly good sequence by arguably the best team in Europe at the moment.
Almost surprisingly, the formidable defensive duo of John Stones and Ruben Dias didn't keep a clean sheet against West Ham, but both were on the score sheet themselves to secure yet another win for the leaders. 19 City players have now registered at least a goal in all competitions in 2020-21. They pose a genuine threat from all areas of the pitch.
Pep's team has been miserly in defence, to say the least, having conceded just 0.25 goals per game since their last defeat, a 2-0 reverse against Spurs back in September.
As far as the visitors go, Wolves have conceded exactly once in each of their last three league away games (W1, D1, L1) but they can take some encouragement from only losing one of the last three competitive H2Hs here.
Nobody has managed more Premier League games (102) at the helm of Wolves than Nuno Espírito Santo following their 1-1 stalemate with Newcastle. Now five league games unbeaten, they retain faint hopes of European qualification and have looked more solid defensively after reverting to a familiar three-at-the-back system.
However, with the Old Gold failing to score in all of their away matches against teams currently in the top seven this season, another away day defeat looks likely. Don't bet on a hammering though.
🗞 Team news
🌃 Man City
João Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden all started on the bench against West Ham and that means this star quintuple is likely to feature from the start against Wolves.
🧮 Likely XI (4-3-3):
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Foden
Willy Boly, Raúl Jiménez, Daniel Podence and Marçal are all still unavailable for Nuno, who might be tempted to stick with the same side that drew with Newcastle, although Rayan Aït-Nouri and Fábio Silva are both pushing for starts.
🧮 Likely XI (3-4-3):
Rui Patrício; Dendoncker, Coady, Saïss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traoré, Willian José, Neto
🔑 Key OPTA stats
- Pep Guardiola registered his 200th win for Man City in his 273rd game in charge against West Ham.
- Following City's win over West Ham, no player has created more EPL goals than Kevin De Bruyne this term (11).
- City has netted their opener between the 20th and 35th minutes of play in five of their last six competitive matches.
- 20-year-old Pedro Neto has registered ten direct goal contributions in this EPL campaign (five goals, five assists).
- Wolves’ are yet to score in any away game this term against sides currently in the top seven of the Premier League (D1, L4).
🧠 Best bet: Man City win & under 3.5 goals
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