By News Team
21st September 2020
Last year’s Premier League runners-up Manchester City get their 2020/21 campaign under way with a potentially tricky trip to Molineux to face Wolves on Monday night.
Here is our look ahead as Pep Guardiola’s side bid to get their season off on a positive note.
Wolves brimming with confidence
It was pretty much the perfect start to the new campaign for Wolves, who, thanks to goals from Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss, eased past Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane last Monday. It capped a great few days for the Midlands club, whose manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, signed a new contract the day before his side’s victory.
Wolves, 6/1 for victory on Monday evening against City, finished a more than respectable seventh last season and based on early evidence, they could be set for much dizzier heights this time around. Nuno is putting together a very cohesive crop of players who continue to impress and there’s plenty of room for optimism for Wolves’ fans this term.
They beat City home and away last season and will be looking for a third victory on the bounce here, with Adama Traore scoring three times in those wins. The pacey winger is 7/1 to score anytime for a third consecutive match against the Citizens.
City hoping to bounce back after below-par season
Despite finishing second in the league and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, last season will go down as a disappointment for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. To finish 18 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool wasn’t what they hoped for, but they have strengthened significantly in the transfer market this summer as they look to bridge the gap at the top of the table.
City’s away form wasn’t as Guardiola would have wanted it last season with seven defeats away from the Etihad – a large reason for their failure to live with Liverpool in the Premier League. One of those losses came at Molineux and the Citizens are 47/100 to turn the tables on Monday evening. It’s 17/5, meanwhile, for the draw.
It will be interesting to see how Guardiola sets his side up for this one given their recent struggles against Wolves, though with Sergio Aguero still out injured, Gabriel Jesus should get the nod to lead the line. Jesus has scored two goals in three appearances against City’s hosts and he’s 7/2 to score first this time around, while the Brazilian is 23/20 to score at anytime.
Given both sides’ obvious quality, the Molineux clash is likely to be a thrilling one with goals at each end. Therefore, the match result and both teams to score could be the way to go, with Wolves priced at 17/2 to come out on top in this market and City at 2/1.