Preview and Prediction
It is the fifth season for Pep Guardiola, something which he has never been through in his entire managerial career in Barcelona or Bayern. Thus, this season the whole world is awaiting what his next magical move to lead The Citizens regain their domestic glory and clinch silverware in European competition. This Tuesday is when Manchester City campaign starts. They will be visiting Wolverhampton, one of the potential dark horse again this season despite their failure to finish on the top five last season.
The teams’ updated news
Wolves have just received fairly big cash for selling Diogo Jota to Liverpool plus Ki-Jana Hoever this week. Previously, they also released Matt Doherty and Helder Costa to Tottenham and Leeds. The profit on their sale has been quite helpful to keep the club’s finance in balance after spending on Lyon’s center back Marcal and both 18-year old Fabio Silva plus capturing Vitinha on loan from Porto this summer.
Manchester City has only signed Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres to replace the departure of David Silva and Leroy Sane. Signing Ake seems to be seen as one way to rejuvenate their defending lines due to the degrading form of Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho who begins to lose his pace and composure lately, the unconvincing form of John Stones and Eric Garcia plus Aymeric Laporte’s prone to injury.
Nuno Santo is likely to stick to his favourite three-defender system with 3-4-3, 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-1-2. The Mexican sensation Raul Jimenez will be irreplaceable upfront accompanied by Adama Traore or Daniel Podence or even both as winger.
There is nothing definite when it comes to Pep’s formation. Although his main preference is still 4-3-3, he could simply alter it and deploy a different one as 3-1-4-2, 4-3-1-2 etc. As Sergio Aguero is still sidelined along with Laporte and Riyad Mahrez, Guardiola will be counting on Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Gabi Jesus on the front.
Players to watch
The Portuguese connection is still the main bond in The Wolves. The likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Rui Patricio will be blending with the foreign Latinos who have been the key men of the team since last season such as Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez. It will be interesting to see how long Nuno Santo’s identical formula could thrive after the descending end last season.
Meanwhile, Kevin de Bruyne is still the anchor of Manchester City midfield. The Belgian international was one of the top assists providers in Europe last season. Some other notable names to watch are surely Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan.
Wolves vs Manchester City Prediction
To bear in mind, the home side was Kevin de Bruyne and Co’s nightmare last season with two defeats on both rounds. No wonder that Guardiola’s men need to be careful while taking on them. Adama Traore’s pace and powerful cross is one of Wolves’ most daunting weapons here. Considering The Citizen’s incomplete starting IX, Nuno Santo’s men might snatch points again after all.
This match is expected to be tough for both teams. However, the host is still backed to win at 6.70, which is way lower than Manchester City’s odds to win, which are at 1.47. The odds for a draw result are at 4.45.