By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 24th August 2018
Saturday 18th August
Stadium: Molineux, Wolverhampton
Live on Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
Wolves vs Man City odds
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are an unlikely 9/1 prediction to end their six-and-a-half-year long wait for a Premier League win in the Wolves vs Man City odds, with City a mere 2/9 projection to extend their 100% record for the campaign and the draw betting at a chunky 11/2.
Our prediction tip is match result Manchester City and Both Teams To Score which is betting at a 13/8 forecast.
Wolves vs Man City betting tips and predictions
Molineux’s finest will be under no illusions as to the unforgiving nature of existence in the highest echelon after failing to convert their dominance into points at the King Power Stadium last week.
That followed on from an opener against Everton in which they were unable to make a one-man advantage for 50 minutes of the game count.
Raul Jiminez to score and Wolves to win was 16/1 but is now betting at a monstrous 20/1 in our enhanced odds.
With the defending champions up next, opportunities to build on their close-but-no-cigar Premier League showings to date will be scarce and the old gold could get rolled over in no uncertain terms.
For all their penalty-shootout EFL Cup loss at the Etihad last term will afford them some hope – Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling drew blanks despite starting while De Bruyne was unable to change things from the bench – the way City destroyed Huddersfield without the Belgian is ominous.
Guardiola’s side have won six of their last seven top flight away matches by at least a two-goal-margin and the visitors to overcome a one-goal handicap looks a solid Wolves vs Man City odds pick at 13/20 for those looking to beef up their accumulators.
Huddersfield did scrape a consolation at the Etihad, landing our City win and both teams to score tip in the process and the 13/8 about the same bet copping in Wolverhampton looks like a decent value prediction even if the Etihad outfit conceded only 13 away goals last term.
If the 3-1-4-2 Pep employed against the Terriers is to be his preferred permutation in the absence of KDB, it’s not unreasonable for some time to elapse before the vessel is fully watertight once more.
In players like Ruben Neves and the lively Raul Jimenez, Wolves, shut out in only three of 23 home league games last term, pack enough goal threat to live up to their side of the bargain.
Wolves vs Man City odds | team news
Wanderers winger Ivan Cavaleiro remains sidelined by a back issue, while Matt Doherty is a slight doubt after limping off against Leicester and loanee Leander Dendoncker may not yet be match fit.
As Wyclef Jean once sung, midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne will be gone ‘til November, but the other players unavailable to Pep Guardiola, Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala, are decidedly less integral.
Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker did not appear in City’s 6-1 demoliton of Huddersfield but can expect to be reinstated into starting line-up. John Stones could be dropped if Pep Guardiola reverts to a back four.
Claudio Bravo could miss the rest of the season with an torn achilles tendon and City have recalled Aro Muric from his loan spell at NAC Breda.
Key players to watch
Continuing along the theme of the hosts’ attacking menace, dreams of the scrutiny provided by Adama Traore dribbles is sure to have City defenders twisting and turning in their four-poster beds.
Despite playing just 45 minutes this season, the product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy has beaten six opponents with the ball at his feet, more than any other player in the division so far.
Traore hit twice as many assists as goals last term and is one to wait for when the to assist a goal prices are added to the Wolves vs Manchester City odds, as is Citizens full-back Benjamin Mendy, who has belied nearly a season off injured to set up three goals in his first two games.
After Ederson provided Aguero with a goal for the Citizens against Huddersfield, he too could be another one at a healthy price in that particular betting heat.
Highlighting key players on a bunch as big as City’s isn’t easy but, the fact that Bernardo Silva has started both league games so far, while Sterling and Leroy Sane have been benched once and for both respectively, suggests he will be integral to Guardiola’s plans this season.
He bagged against Arsenal and looks a big price to score first here with odds pricing at 13/2.
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Manchester City have dominated recenter encounters with Wolves, winning the last five matches between the sides and seven of the last eight.
Here’s how the sides’ last five fixtures went: Manchester City 4-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-5 Manchester City, Manchester City 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Manchester City, Manchester City 0-0 (PENS) Wolverhampton Wanderers.
- Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to face Manchester City in the Premier League for the first time since City won 2-0 at Molineux in 2012, a month before winnign their first Premier League title.
- Man City failed to score against only two teams in the 2017-18 season with Wolves being one of them.
- City are looking to become the first reigning champions to win their first three games in a row since rivals since their cross-town rivals did so in 2011-12.
- Wolves have won just one of their last 26 Premier League matches and haven’t won in 16 games.
- Manchester City have won each of their last seven Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 18-3, with Raheem Sterling having a hand in seven of these goals (3 goals, 4 assists) – more than any other City player.
- Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has scored three Premier League hat-tricks in 2018, including one last time out versus Huddersfield Town – only two players have netted four or more hat-tricks in a single calendar year in the competition (Harry Kane, 6 in 2017 and Alan Shearer, 5 in 1995).