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Man City v Wolves betting tips: Can Wolves stop City’s firing forwards?

| 14.01.2019

Preview and odds for tonight’s Premier League clash

Manchester City are scoring goals for fun and it’s Wolves’ turn to try and stop them running riot.

After scoring sixteen goals in their last two games, City have found their shooting boots, albeit against lower-league opposition.

Wolves will be looking for a repeat of their heroics earlier this season, clinching a 1-1 draw at home in August through a controversial Willy Boly goal.

The West Midlands team have a good record this season against top-six sides, being beaten by Liverpool and Tottenham, whilst notching wins over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the return fixture.

It’s live tonight at 8:00pm on Sky Sports PL. Can Wolves maintain their strong record against another top-six side, or will the Citizens come out on top?


In the third week of the Premier League season, City travelled to Wolves and only came away with a point, a result which signalled the intent of the Wanderers.

Before that shock draw, City had won the previous five meetings across all competitions, including a penalty shootout League Cup victory in 2017.

The form of both sides has been faltering of late, with City winning three and losing two of their last five Premier League games, with an impressive 2-1 victory against league leaders Liverpool in that time.

Wolves are in similar form, with two wins, one draw and two defeats in the last five, hovering around mid-table but beating third-placed Tottenham 3-1 at Wembley in the same period.

Likely XIs

Both sides have no fresh injury concerns, with only Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo remaining sidelined for the champions.

Star striker Sergio Aguero has been out with illness for the last two, but is expected to return to the starting XI for this game, despite Gabriel Jesus scoring five in the two games he’s deputised for City’s number 10.

Wolves have a full squad to choose from, with Diogo Jota returning from injury in the FA Cup win against Liverpool last time out.

Wolves’ front man Raul Jimenez will look to maintain his strong form against top-six sides, scoring four in seven league games.

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Key Battles

With Kevin De Bruyne back fit and returning to form, the Wolves midfield will have to keep a close eye on the Belgian creative midfielder. Can Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho shut him down, or will De Bruyne run the show?

Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his wide men, so the Wolves full-backs will need to be ready for whoever Pep throws at them.

Matt Doherty and Jonny Otto will need to match what the likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez have, whilst also maintaining their attacking threat.

Can Wolves forwards outscore City’s? Jimenez has been a revelation for the Wanderers this season, and with Aguero, you know exactly what you’re getting. Can either front-man lead their side to victory, or will the defence come out on top?

Match Odds

The hosts are understandably hot favourites to pick up the win with odds of 2/11. Wolves sit back on 16/1 to get the victory.

If you fancy a repeat of the draw earlier this season, there are odds of 6/1 for a draw of any kind. Alternatively, a repeat 1-1 scoreline has odds of 12/1.

Kun Aguero is favourite to open the scoring for City with odds of 3/1, and 4/5 to score anytime. Jesus, Sane and Sterling all sit back as second favourites to score first at 4/1.

With Jimenez turning up for the big occasion against top-six sides regularly, you can get odds of 4/1 on him scoring anytime, with Wolves scorer from the first fixture Boly coming in at 14/1 to score in the game.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Drew Goodsell

Drew is a journalism graduate who closely follows American sports, focussing on the NBA and NFL. He also has a keen interest in all things football, paying regular attention to the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.