Kick-off: 2000, 21/09/2020
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Manchester City are a week late starting their season and face a tough opening game at Molineux.
Pep Guardiola’s men are the favourites in the outright Premier League winner odds but have not found it easy against Wolves since their return to the top flight.
Wolves did the double over City last season and drew with them at Molineux in the previous campaign so we’ll back them to avoid defeat at 8/5 for our opening Wolves vs Man City prediction.
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Wolves are determined to build momentum this term after their disappointing end to the last campaign and made the perfect start last weekend.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side enjoyed a fine 2019-20 season, their second after promotion to the Premier League, but faltered in the run-in.
Wolves lost three of their final six Premier League games to finish seventh in the table and miss out on a spot in Europe for this season.
Their bid to improve on that could not have gone much better as two goals in the first six minutes saw them beat Sheffield United 2-0.
Goalscorer Romain Saiss said: “I think we were just a little bit disappointed about last season because we got more points, but we didn’t get the Europa League. So, it was sad, because we worked a lot over a long season and didn’t get what we wanted.
“But we are going to work again this season to improve in terms of points and, hopefully, in terms of places in the table. It’s a good start, and now we’ll take it game by game and try to improve week after week.”
They certainly have the potential to cause City problems, having netted five goals against them last season.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City must again do without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero as they look to gain revenge for last season’s losses to Wolves.
Aguero, who scored 23 goals last season, has not featured since limping out of City’s victory over Burnley on June 22 with a knee injury which required surgery.
There had initially been hope the 32-year-old would be fit to return for the latter stages of the Champions League in August but that date passed and the Argentinian is still not back in full training.
“Still he hasn’t had one training session with us,” said Guardiola at Friday’s press conference.
This is City’s first outing of the season but a third for Wolves and that extra match sharpness could give them the edge late on.
Four of their five goals against City last season came in the final 10 minutes so let’s take a chance on Wolves scoring the most goals between 75 minutes and full-time at 6/1 for our final Wolves vs Man City prediction.
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