Manchester City face a tough opening at the Molineux on Monday night, and we reckon they might struggle against a resolute Wolves side.
Premier League 2020/21
Date: Monday September, 21st
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Wolves made a flying start to their Premier League season when beating Sheffield United 2-0 last weekend, Raul Jimenez and Roman Saïss scoring in the space of three first half minutes to give them the victory.
They might have came up short against Stoke City in their midweek Carabao Cup meeting, but the hosts are undoubtedly a direct, solid unit when at their fortress and City will have their hands full trying to break them down here.
The hosts did the double over their opposition last term, winning 3-2 here and Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking to rally his side to another big result on Monday night.
Having seen their start to the season delayed due to their Champions League exhaustions from last season, Manchester City travel to West Midlands looking to arrest their poor run of form against Wolves, even without taking in any tune-up game during pre-season.
The duo of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres arrived on decent sums during the off-season to beef up the squad, with star player Sergio Aguero still on the sidelines.
So, what can these two sides conjure up on the betting part of this meeting?
Jonny Castro is Wolves only injury worry, the Spaniard struggling to overcome a knee problem.
Aguero (knee) is ruled out, and Aymeric Laporte is not also available.
Head to Head
In 121 previous meetings, Wolves pips their rivals narrowly with 48 wins to City’s 47. 26 games have been drawn between them.
Wolves last five competitive games: LWLWL
Manchester City last five competitive games: LWWWL
Manchester City are expected to take time to get going here especially with the absence of Aguero, while the likes of Leroy Sane and David Silva have jumped ship. They will be intent on revenge probably, having lost twice to this rival last season, but Wolves strong start to the campaign equally makes them hard to oppose. A close encounter thus beckons, and we will snap up a fulltime draw for this game at odds of 7/2.