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Man City vs Wolves: Wanderers can grab consolation goal

Kick-off: 2000, 02/03/2021

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City are fully expected to power 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table when entertaining Wolves at Etihad Stadium.

However, Wanderers do have a decent record versus the Blues, doing the double over them last season and scoring in four of the last five meetings.

We feel the value lies in taking 5/2 for a home win and both teams to score for our first Man City vs Wolves prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City completed an incredible 20th straight win in all competitions when beating West Ham here on Saturday, but they were made to work hard by the in-form Hammers.

Centre-back pairing John Stones and Ruben Dias hit the target for the Blues, either side of Michail Antonio’s tap-in at the other end.

“We knew we were going to have a battle,” said Stones. “Massive credit to West Ham and how they set up.

“We had to dig deep and they made it really difficult for us.

“We were a bit deflated after conceding late in the first half but we had to show our character and our experience, come out in the second half and fight like we always have done.

“I feel we put our hearts on our sleeves, really dug in and the defensive work from everyone is the sign of a great team and hopefully things to come.”

There is little danger of single-minded manager Pep Guardiola being distracted by Sunday’s Manchester derby and City should find a way to get the job done again.

Looking at the Man City vs Wolves odds, we like 28/1 for Gabriel Jesus to score first in a 3-1 home victory.

The Brazil striker netted when the Blues prevailed via that scoreline at Molineux in September and bagged a brace versus Wanderers here a couple of seasons ago.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Gundogan, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Aguero, Torres, Mahrez.

A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds

Wolves are unbeaten in five top-flight fixtures after drawing 1-1 at Newcastle, where Ruben Neves’ 73rd-minute header cancelled out Jamaal Lascelles’ opener.

That outcome gave us a trio of winning of winning bets in our match preview, including an 11/2 correct score pay-out.

Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: “Newcastle started very well, pressing and controlling the game.

“After that, I honestly believe that we got control of the game and managed the game.

“I’m disappointed with the way we conceded, but the reaction was good and we finished the game really strongly.

“We could have won it with the chance that we had, but near the end, Newcastle had a chance in the final moments also.”

The St James’ Park stalemate made it 11 points picked up from the last 15 on offer, with wins over Arsenal, Southampton and Leeds coming around a draw with Leicester.

Adama Traore’s pace has troubled City in the past, with the speedster scoring three times in last season’s two victories for Wanderers.

Let’s finish off our Man City vs Wolves betting tips by backing Traore to score at any time at 9/1.

Last Wolves line-up: Patricio, Coady, Jonny, Semedo, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, William Jose, Traore.

Additional stats

Last result:

MAN CITY 2-1 West Ham – Ruben Dias, John Stones

Newcastle 1-1 WOLVES – Ruben Neves

Head-to-head: Wolves 1-3 Man City, Wolves 3-2 Man City, Man City 0-2 Wolves, Man City 3-0 Wolves, Wolves 1-1 Man City

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