Molineux Stadium is set to host the thrilling clash between Wolves and Manchester City on 22nd September. In the previous season, Wolves did the double over Manchester City. Shocked them with a scoreline of 2-0 and 3-2 in both the matches.
Manchester City will be looking to stamp their authority in the Premier League in their first match itself. The Citizens have won the coveted competition twice in the last 3 years.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are coming off from a 2-0 victory against Sheffield United. Wolves scored twice in 6 minutes to decide the result and begin their campaign with a thumping win.
Pre Match Analysis – Manchester City
The Blues of Manchester hasn’t played a game since their 3-1 defeat in the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Lyon. Manchester City commenced the 2019/20 Premier League campaign as reigning champions and aimed for winning the title for the third time in a row.
After a prolonged season brimming with drama, City finished 2nd and their goalkeeper Ederson won the Golden Glove with 16 cleansheets. Kevin de Bruyne ended the season with 20 assists, the most in the league.
City have had a tough time facing Wolves ; despite possessing one of the most dangerous attacking forces, they managed only 5 shots on target in home and away matches against them in the previous season.
Gabriel Jesus has to step up to the plate and shoulder the responsibility of spearheading the attack in the absence of the Argentine Sergio Aguero. The Wolves’ defence was troubled by Raheem Sterling as he scored twice against them in City’s 3-2 loss at the Molineux.
Pre Match Analysis – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side thwarted Sheffield United’s plans of a fairy tale start (after finishing 9th in the league last season) and downed them 2-0.
Wolves remained unbeaten on the opening weekend and extended their “opening day invincibility streak” to the eighth consecutive season.
Let us look at how they fared by highlighting the key statistics :
1. Possession : 45% vs 55%
2. Total Shots : 11 vs 9
3. Possession Lost : 131 vs 156
4. Total Duels Won : 69 vs 59
5. Passing Accuracy : 79% (307/391) vs 81% (373/460)
6. Big Chances Missed : 2 vs 1
Team News – Manchester City
Ederson is the first pick between the sticks. He’s fit and will start against Wolves.
Guardiola is known to be very versatile and dynamic in how he linesup his XI.
We expect him to go with a back 4 with the explosive Kyle Walker on the right and Joao Cancelo on the left. Cancelo failed to impress in his first season at the club and he would be looking to remain fit and showcase his worth.
New signing Nathan Ake is set to feature on the weekend after Aymeric Laporte was contracted with COVID-19. Manchester City’s new captain Fernandinho will partner the young Ake in the heart of the defence.
City’s midfield would comprise of Rodri as the holding midfielder who has put dominating displays in 2019/20. Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden would start as the attacking midfielders after Ilkay Gundogan tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.
Guardiola could give the young Ferran Torres his first start on the right wing after Riyad Mahrez recently completed his recovery.
Raheem Sterling is a guaranteed starter at the left-wing with Gabriel Jesus filling in for the injured Sergio Aguero as the sole striker.
Player Injuries – Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte (COVID-19), Sergio Aguero (knee), Bernardo Silva (thigh)
Team News – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rui Patricio is the club’a first choice goalie and will start between the sticks.
The rock solid trio of Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss will lineup as the 3 central defenders.
Saiss scored a goal in Wolves’ previous match against the Blades.
The promising Adama Traore and new signing Marcal would start as the full backs providing defensive support and attacking threat.
Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker, the duo which started against Sheffield are likely to start again after putting on a stellar display from the centre of the park.
The foward line will see Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence as the pacey wingers looking to make runs into the box and fire in crosses.
Raul Jimenez is one of the first names on the team sheet and he will start as the lone striker looking to build on his goal-scoring tally.
Player Injuries – Jonny Otto (knee)
Our Predictions For The Fixture – Wolves VS Manchester City
Manchester City 1 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Citizens have always found it difficult to break the mammoth defence of Wolves.
Without Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and possibly Riyad Mahrez, they are likely to struggle for goals.
Wolves, on the other hand, are touted to score through their hitman Raul Jimenez.
Neither of the sides will come out on top and it will be a delight for the spectators to watch.
Where and When To Watch – Wolves Vs Manchester City
England – Sky Sports, BBC at 8:15 pm (GMT) on 21st September 2020
India – Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar at 12:45 am (IST) on 22nd September 2020
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