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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City Preview – Prediction, how to watch & potential line-ups

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at Molineux Stadium as Wolverhampton Wanderers take on reigning champions Manchester City. 

Following a dismal six-game winless start to the new Premier League campaign (D3, L2), Wolves claimed a morale-boosting 1-0 home triumph over Southampton last time out. 

There’s a new-born belief that Bruno Lage’s side can start moving towards the European qualification berths, though Man City’s visit to the West Midlands may swiftly dampen those hopes. 

Diego Costa’s arrival could prove a game-changer for the Wanderers, with the former Chelsea striker losing just three of his 45 scoring Premier League appearances. 

It’s uncertain whether the Brazilian star will make the starting line-up on Saturday, but there’s no doubt that Pep Guardiola will field his talismanic forward Erling Haaland.

The Norway international bagged a sensational late winner to sink his former team Borussia Dortmund in midweek Champions League action as Man City came from behind to win 2-1 at home.

Back to the Premier League, the back-to-back English champions aim to maintain their 100% unbeaten league start (W4, D2) and potentially whittle down a one-point gap on leaders Arsenal

The upcoming trip to Molineux will invoke fond memories in the visiting camp, with City thumping Wolves 5-1 in this corresponding fixture only four months ago.

Match Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Scoring woes are continuing to trouble Wolverhampton. After averaging just one goal per match during the previous Premier League season, they’ve netted only three times in six outings this term.

The signing of Costa should address Wolves’ problems in front of goal and bolster their bid to win back-to-back top-flight home games for the first time since November 2021.

However, Wolves have suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats at the hands of Man City via an aggregate score of 13-3, and there’s not much they can hope for in this one. 

Manchester City

Man City squandered a second-half lead in an underwhelming 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last time out but still stretched their unbeaten Premier League streak on the road to 21 matches (W15, D6).

But after drawing their last two league fixtures away from home, the Cityzens are staring down the barrel of a three-game winless top-flight run on hostile turf for the first time since July 2020. 

Haaland will be out to make sure that doesn’t happen, but keep an eye on Kevin De Bruyne, who scored four times in Man City’s 5-1 victory at Molineux last season. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City Potential Line-ups

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Jonny, Max Kilman, Nathan Collins, Rayan Ait-Nouri; Matheus Nunes, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho; Pedro Neto, Hwang Hee-chan, Daniel Podence. 

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Erling Haaland, Phil Foden. 

How to Watch?

Wolves vs Man City, alongside all other fixtures in England’s top flight, is available to watch online via Premier League live streams. And if you are interested in attending a future Champions League game, check our Champions League tickets page for more information.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City Prediction

It’s hard to see anything other than Man City’s third successive Premier League triumph at Molineux.

Wolves boast one of the division’s strongest backlines, yet we expect Haaland & Co to find a recipe to pick apart Lage’s defensive set-up.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester City 

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