Wolves vs. Manchester City Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 17, 2022 13:30 CET
Only three games of the eighth round of the Premier League will be played on Saturday. In the opening match of the day, Wolves and Manchester City meet. The start of the clash at Molineux Stadium is scheduled for 13:30 CET.
After two victories in the Champions League, between which there was an unplanned break in the domestic championship, Pep Guardiola’s team are visiting the stadium where they were quite effective last season.
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At the beginning of this season, Bruno Lage’s men are playing identically to last competitive year – with a lot of oscillations. They recorded two wins, two draws, and two losses, so they are in the modest 14th place in the table.
Their main problem is inefficiency. In the first six rounds, they scored only three goals, which is unacceptable for this level of competition. The defense of the Wolves is working well, they conceded only four goals, but they will have the most difficult task this Saturday against the red-hot Citizens.
The last addition to this team is a striker. Experienced Diego Costa has signed a contract until the end of the season and will try to improve the performance of Wolves. We will see if he will need time to get into optimal shape or if he will start scoring straight away.
Unlike Wolves, Manchester City’s players did not have a two-week break. They played two Champions League games and won both. First, they roared through Andalucia and demolished Sevilla 4-0, then on Wednesday, they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens’ triumph against the German team was more difficult than expected. They were losing 0-1 until the 80th minute, and then they scored two goals in four minutes. Executors were John Stones and Erling Haaland. It was the 13th goal this season for the supertalented Norwegian.
Aymeric Laporte and Kyle Walker will most likely miss the visit to the Wolves. Both defenders have been injured for some time and are unlikely to return before early October. This means that Ake, Dias, Stones, and Cancelo will most likely form the defensive line.
Manchester City won both matches between these two teams last season. They won 1-0 at home, and as guests, they were extremely convincing 5-1. Kevin De Bruyne was dominant in that match and scored four goals.
Wolves (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Ait-Nouri, Kilman, Collins, Jonny; Neves, Moutihno, Nunes; Neto, Guedes, Jimenez
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Ake, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Silva, Foden, Haaland
Although the defensive line is the strongest part of the Wolves’ lineup at the beginning of the season, we believe that they will not be able to protect themselves against the attacks of the offensively very powerful Citizens. We expect an easy victory for Pep Guardiola’s men, and the odds on a victory by two or more goals are quite good.
Prediction: Manchester City -1.5