Kick-off: 1230, 17/09/2022
TV: BT Sport
Wolves have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season but that will be put to test when they host free-scoring Manchester City.
The defending champions lead the way with 20 goals so something must give but Wolves may be able to avoid a thrashing on home soil.
An away win and under 3.5 total goals at 6/5 is our opening Wolves vs Man City prediction.
Wolves could be forgiven for defending in numbers and attempting damage limitation given their lack of attacking options.
Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa signed as a free agent this week but had been available since January after leaving Atletico Mineiro in Brazil and will surely need to time to get up to match fitness.
Costa arrives with Wolves having lost new £15million signing Sasa Kalajdzic to a serious knee injury. The striker suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear on his debut, a 1-0 win over Southampton.
Raul Jimenez is also struggling for form and fitness with Bruno Lage’s side scoring just three goals in their opening six Premier League games.
It is hard to see them causing City many problems with the ball so a City win to nil at Wolves vs Man City odds.
Last Wolves line-up: Sa, Ait Nouri, Collins, Jonny, Kilman, Neves, Podence, Nunes, Moutinho, Neto, Kalajdzic.
Jimenez will miss out once again and the main selection decision is whether Costa is fit to start or whether he must settle for a place on the bench.
Manchester City Odds
City are the clear favourites in the outright Premier League betting but have at least showed they are not invincible, especially on their travels.
Pep Guardiola’s men have only won one of their three away games, with last month’s 3-3 draw at Newcastle followed by a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa two weeks ago.
The timing of the fixture may also help Wolves, with City having been in Champions League action against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night and being made to work hard for their 2-1 win.
Erling Haaland’s winner proved what a threat he is though and his start to the season has been incredible.
Wednesday’s goal against his former club was his 13th in nine appearances for City so Haaland to score first in a 2-0 win at 21/2 completes our Wolves vs Man City betting tips.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Akanji, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Haaland, Mahrez.
City will give a fitness test to right-back Kyle Walker after two games out with a knock.
Midfielder Kalvin Phillips will hope to continue his comeback from injury after coming on as a late substitute on Wednesday.
|1'||Jack Grealish |
(Assist: Kevin De Bruyne)
|16'||Erling Haaland |
(Assist: Bernardo Silva)
|69'||Phil Foden |
(Assist: Kevin De Bruyne)
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