Three years after Wolves clinched the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League, their top flight adventure could come to a miserable end in front of the Sky cameras on Sunday afternoon.
To avoid the ignominy of being relegated with three games still to spare, Wanderers must beat Man City or hope that other results go their way, but either of those scenarios is likely to just prolong the inevitable.
Given that Wolves have failed to win in any of the nine games they have played under the stewardship of the beleaguered Terry Connor and picked up just ten points from the previous ten league games, all signs point towards a comfortable win for the visiting Man City.
Long odds of 11/1 on a home win suggest that Wolves are a doomed side as they head towards Sunday’s game.
The 3Way football betting market also has Man City priced at 11/50 to keep the pressure on their Manchester rivals and 5/1 on the match ending in draw.
The Citizens have scored ten times in their previous two games, so it might perhaps be worthwhile to be a bit bolder and take 5/1 on either 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0.
This shows that putting money on the title chasers will reap very little return, so a little imagination is needed to make money out of this match.
Despite the dip in form that enabled Manchester United to climb to the summit of the Premier League, Roberto Mancini’s side still have the best defensive record in the division with less than 0.8 goals conceded per game.
This is bad news for a Wolves side who have scored just 34 goals all season – only one more than Wigan who are the lowest scorers – so odds on Wanderers not to score during the 90 minutes are unsurprisingly short at 87/100.
Again there is not much money to be gained from such short odds, so 17/10 on a multiple correct score of 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 in favour of City is much more appealing.
The Citizens have scored ten times in their previous two games though, so it might perhaps be worthwhile to be a bit bolder and take 5/1 on either 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0.
Staying along the goalscoring lines and bwin is offering 9/20 on over 2.5 goals in the game, something which, if you combine the two teams’ matches this season, has happened 69 per cent of the time.
Alternatively you could go one step further and take 11/10 on over 3.5 goals as Man City have been involved in more games in which this has happened than any other side.
Placing the £25 free bet available to all new bwin customers on over 3.5 goals at 11/10 would see a return of £52.50.
For starkly different reasons this is a must win game for both sides which is likely to ensure an exciting 90 minutes, but don’t hold your breath for anything other than an away win.
Recommended bet: Man City to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 @ 5/1
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