Big Game Focus: Wolves v Manchester City


Wolves kick-off a hectic festive schedule with a clash against Manchester City tonight, 45 hours before taking the trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side beat City 2-0 in the reverse fixture and will hope to repeat the trick. Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

Wolves host Manchester City looking to move back into seventh place with a win. Espirito Santo’s side bounced back from their home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur by beating Norwich City 2-1 last weekend and find themselves in eighth spot in the table heading into tonight’s game. The hosts won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in October and can win both league meetings with City in a top-flight season for the first time since the 1960/61 season.

Meanwhile, City could leapfrog second-placed Leicester City who were hammered 4-0 last night in a top of the table clash with Liverpool. Following the derby defeat earlier this month, the visitors have won four in four in all competitions, with their most recent fixture ending in a 3-1 triumph against the Foxes.

Betting preview

Wolves have only lost one of their last 13 Premier League matches. Since being promoted to the top flight, they’ve lost one, drawn one and won one against the reigning champions. Since last season, Wolves have built a reputation of making things difficult for top-six opposition. Wolves have also lost just three times in the league in 2019. Therefore, you can back a Home Double Chance at odds of 3.00. 

Manchester City have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 games while Wolves have kept three in their last ten games in all competitions. You can back both teams to score at odds of 1.80. 

City’s last six away games in all competitions have seen Over 2.5 Goals. Seven of Wolves’ last ten games in all competitions have seen three or more goals scored. You can back Over 2.5 Goals in this game at odds of 1.55. 

Team news

Morgan Gibbs-White, Willy Boly and Bruno Jordao remain sidelined for the hosts. Espirito Santo could make some changes on Friday night, with a trip to Liverpool coming less than 45 hours later

Manchester City midfielder David Silva and centre-back John Stones are still ruled out with injuries. Striker Sergio Aguero is again expected to be on the bench following his return from a thigh problem.

Possible line-ups

Wolves: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Castro, Adama, Jimenez, Jota​

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling