Manchester City vs Wolves
English Premier League
Date: 22 January 2023, Sunday
Kick-off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
On Sunday in the Premier League, Manchester City will host Wolverhampton Wanderers with the goal of winning easily at home.
Manchester City enters their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers after a heartening victory over Tottenham Hotspur, where they did well to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 and improve their confidence.
In this match, Pep Guardiola will expect a similar performance from his team, who will start as clear favorites.
In the meantime, Liverpool defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup rematch midweek.
And whether they can elicit a robust response in this situation remains to be seen.
The team led by Julen Lopetegui is presently ranked 16th in the league standings and has gone unbeaten in three of their past four league games.
Wolves are actively engaged in the relegation fight and will be looking for a victory here to strengthen their chances of surviving.
In advance of the most recent meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the clash.
Manchester City vs Wolves Head to head :
- Manchester City have been the dominant force in the clashes against Wolverhampton in the recent years.
- The Citizens won each of the previous five meetings with Wolves.
- Man City bagged at least three goals in three of the previous four meetings with Wolverhampton.
Manchester City vs Wolves Prediction :
Five points behind league-leading Arsenal, the Premier League champions are now ranked second in the standings.
They will be aware that if they want to win the championship this season, they cannot continue to lose points.
Therefore, they will need to win this game.
Wolves will try to battle back here, but the home team has enough talent to secure a convincing victory.
The Hard Tackle projects that Manchester City will defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers handily, 3-0.
Manchester City vs Wolves Team News :
The lone injured player for Man City is right-back Rico Lewis, who is questionable for Sunday after leaving the game against Spurs late due to a slight ankle injury; the 18-year-old might be replaced in the starting lineup by Kyle Walker.
John Stones and Ruben Dias, two center backs, are both in line to start against Wolves along with Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte, and Nathan Ake.
The latter may hold his spot ahead of Joao Cancelo at left-back despite their respective fitness and hamstring difficulties.
Kevin De Bruyne, who was absent from practice on Tuesday due to personal issues, is expected to start after playing no part in the match against Spurs.
Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, and Kalvin Phillips will also be vying for the starting spot after starting last time out on the bench.
Haaland, who has scored 15 of his 22 Premier League goals at the Etihad so far this season, and Alvarez, who both had strong offensive play in the second half of Thursday’s game, may both continue to start alongside each other.
With regard to Wolves, Diego Costa, who overcame an injury to come off the bench against Liverpool, will be vying for the starting attacking spot alongside Raul Jimenez, Matheus Cunha, and Hwang Hee-chan.
However, Chiquinho (knee), Sasa Kalajdzic (ACL), Pedro Neto (ankle), Boubacar Traore (groin), and all other injured players are still out.
While Goncalo Guedes has left the team to join Benfica on loan for the remainder of the season, newcomers Mario Lemina and Pablo Sarabia, who both joined Wolves on permanent deals earlier this week, will be in line to make their debuts at the Etihad.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Alvarez
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Lemina, Neves, Nunes; Hwang, Cunha, Podence