It will be interesting to see the reception afforded Mick McCarthy at the start of Wolves’ Carling Cup fourth round tie against Man City at Molineux this evening after the 52-year-old branded sections of his club’s supporters “mindless idiots” for calling for his sacking during their 2-2 draw with Swansea on Saturday.
But perhaps even more telling will be the reaction of Wolves supporters at the end of the game, when the Old Gold are likely to have fallen to their sixth defeat in eight matches, and a heavy defeat at that.
Wolves go into the game as 6/1 outsiders to win the tie in normal time and 7/2 to progress on the night, with a draw priced at 7/2 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
This makes Manchester City 21/50 favourites to follow up their Manchester derby success with another victory and they are 9/50 to get through to the fifth round.
While McCarthy’s men are struggling to avoid defeat, Man City’s domestic form has seen them establish a five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League.
Not only are they winning games, but they are winning them handsomely – with their 6-1 triumph over Manchester United on Sunday acting as a timely reminder.
If the Citizens can score six past the team placed second in the league, 16th-placed Wolves will surely be fearful of a drubbing, not least because they have conceded almost twice as many goals as they have scored at home in the Premier League this season.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have scored an average of four goals a game away from home in the league so far this campaign.
Although City boss Roberto Mancini is likely to make several changes to the side which played United at the weekend, this could still result in appearances for the in-form Edin Dzeko – who scored twice in the derby – and Adam Johnson.
And with Wolves also likely to rest players ahead of the league meeting between the two clubs on Saturday, there is no reason to believe that City’s run of comprehensive domestic victories should not continue.
Given this, a punt on Man City to win a game with at least four combined goals could prove the best bet at odds of 21/10, particularly as seven out of the nine league fixtures involving Mancini’s men have featured over 3.5 goals this season.
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Finally, with City averaging more than three goals a game in domestic matches, odds of 7/5 on the Citizens scoring three or more goals in the match also look to offer good value.
Either way, there appears to be little hope for Wolves – leaving McCarthy open to more abuse from pockets of the Molineux crowd.
As such, the former Republic of Ireland boss will be hoping his fighting talk earlier in the week will have served a reminder to fans of his achievements and convinced them of the need to get behind their team rather than vent anger at the manager.
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