|Bernardo Silva is arguably the most in-form player in the premier league, Raul Jimenez will try to steal the show from him, who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Manchester City vs WolvesEtihad Stadium1:30pm
Manchester City are starting the weekend on top of the log for the first time this season and they certainly enjoy the feeling, they won’t want to slip up.
Chelsea slipped up at the London Stadium last weekend, affording Liverpool and City to Usurp them, with Wolves coming to town, and fixture pile up proving hard to navigate, no one wants to lose such an important spot at this stage of the season.
Wolves conceded with the last kick of the game against Liverpool last weekend after holding on for the entirety of the game, it hurts and it’s even harder to deal with that after the heroics of last weekend, they face the champions again this game round.
Wolves’ resurgence after a difficult start has been predicated on their solid defense, even without Willy Boly, the midland side has covered themselves in glory over the past few game rounds and were within touching distance of top four before the last two odd results.
Manchester City will not leave any stone unturned against Wolves, in fact it will be an upset if it ends in a draw, but Wolves have achieved excellent results against the Cityzens before, the question is can they do it again?
Pep Guardiola doesn’t have much headaches on the fitness front but Phil Foden and Nathan Ake will both be assessed ahead of selection, in form Bernardo Silva was rested for the champions league game in midweek and should be fresh for the visit of Wolves.
Wolves have Portuguese Marcal and Boly fit for this fixture but will either of them start? Raul Jimenez hasn’t returned high numbers on the goal scoring fronts but everyone is glad he can kick the ball again, and should City allow him, he will remind them he can hurt them again.
We enter a week where games come thick and fast, this is the period squad depth helps teams with bigger resources and City is at the advantage on this one, but they can’t wait for January to come for the search for a striker to continue.
Wolves need bodies as well, but can they look beyond Portugal this time? They need to find solutions to their midfield with Moutinho ageing and Neves being linked with a move away.
The last five between these two is pretty even, City won the last two, Wolves won the two before then and the fifth was a goalless draw in a friendly in the summer of 2020. City lost at Leipzig in midweek with top spot in their UCL group assured, Wolves will have a difficult lunchtime on Saturday