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Manchester City FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, free match prediction 03 Mar 2021

03 Mar 2021 | 01:30 | Manchester, Etihad Stadium
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Unstoppable Manchester City out for win number 21 and face Wolves in an exciting match-up

  • Manchester City extended their record winning run to 20 games by beating West Ham
  • They are 12 points clear of Manchester United at the top
  • Wolves have done well recently, winning three of last five

Manchester City to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Manchester, Etihad Stadium

MANCHESTER CITY FC vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC Match Preview & Analysis

Manchester City are expected to rotate several players for their game against Wolves, with such a huge squad leading to an embarrassment of riches for Pep Guardiola to choose from.

Against West Ham, City were efficient rather than spectacular, earning their 20th consecutive win by a 2-1 margin after a tight encounter.

Even at 12 points clear at the top, City won’t want to take their foot off the gas, especially against a Wolves side who have a habit of popping up with important wins against the top sides.

The Wanderers have certainly improved of late, having gone five games undefeated in the league, with three victories coming during that period. They’ve moved up to 12th in the league too, putting aside any fears that they would be dragged into a relegation scrap.

Since gaining promotion, Wolves have taken the most points off Manchester City in the league, and will be hoping to continue that run here.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Squad depth will allow them to rotate key stars in and out

     Defensive partnership between Jones and Dias is arguably the best in Europe

Reasons to be fearful:

     Were beaten by Wolves at home last season

     Their opponents are famously difficult to play against

With the points gap City now have over their closest rivals in the table (12), you could be forgiven that they would take things a little easier and focus on other competitions like the Champions League or FA Cup.

That’ll be far from the case here, however, with City’s determination to win football matches there for all to see over the last few months. Their win over West Ham was their 20th in all competitions in succession, as well as 28 games unbeaten.

The key to the second stat has been the fantastic defensive partnership which has emerged between John Stones and Ruben Dias. City have kept a league-high 15 clean sheets this season, winning 13 of the 14 games that the pair have started together.

With no injury concerns here, City are likely to rotate players like Sterling, Silva, Mahrez and Jesus.

Star Man – Kevin De Bruyne

Having recently returned from injury, De Bruyne has taken City to an even greater level, and his assist against West Ham for the first goal was magic.

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Preview

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Good record against City over the past couple of years

     Unbeaten run of five games is longest this season

Reasons to be fearful:

     Poor away record recently

     Too many games without scoring this season

Wolves have often been the side to cause a surprise result or two against the traditional Big Six sides over the past couple of years, and no one has taken more points off Manchester City since the Wanderers promotion three seasons ago.

They have an incredible knack of being difficult to play against, as they’ve shown recently by going five league games unbeaten for the first time this season.

Winning games, especially away from home has been a little harder, with only one win from their last eight on the road.

Eight of their 26 games in the league have passed without Wolves scoring, showing that they’ve had a hard time of hitting the back of net, especially with the injured Jimenez.

Here, they are under no pressure in terms of a relegation scrap, so should be able to just go out and give a top performance.

Star Man – Ruben Neves

Their midfield maestro has been key to Wolves’ improvement recently, and has five goals in his last nine league starts.

MANCHESTER CITY FC vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC Winning Prediction

     Manchester City are favourites, but how long can their run continue?

     Two or more goals in the match

     If City score first, it’s game over

We know enough about Manchester City at the moment to say that if they score first, they usually go on to win. That defensive combination combined with a stunning array of attacking options means that they’re just too good.

If Wolves were to score first, that could change matters, with their dogged determination and record against the top sides.

City are favourites, but they’ll need to be on it.

Manchester City to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.