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Premier League : Manchester City Vs Wolves Match Preview, Line Up, Team News, Live Info

Manchester City Vs Wolves
SCHEDULE
TIME
MATCH :
Manchester City
V/s. 
Wolves
(Premier League)
DATE:
22-09-2020
TIME :
12.45 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
STADIUM:
  Molineux Stadium

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MAN.CITY [3]-[1] WOLVES
Man Of The Match - Kevin De Bruyne
  Lineup
Manchester City
Manchester City XI:
Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
 Lineup
Wolves
Wolves XI:
Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Traore, Moutinho, Neves, Marcal, Podence, Jimenez, Neto.


Match Preview


Manchester City will become the final team to get their 2020-21 Premier League season underway when they visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

Pep Guardiola's side will be hoping to wrestle the title back from Liverpool this season, but face a difficult opening test against a team that beat them home and away last term.

Six teams finished above Wolves in the final Premier League table last season, but for Manchester City this could be just about the toughest opening game they could have faced.

Wolves did the league double over the then-champions in 2019-20, and on Monday night could become the first team to ever beat a Guardiola side in three successive league matches.

All of the stats suggest that Wolves are Man City's bogey team beyond just last season too; excluding penalty shootouts, Guardiola only has a losing record against two managers he has faced at least five times - Nuno Espirito Santo and Jurgen Klopp.

The 3-2 triumph in the corresponding fixture at Molineux last season also saw Wolves record 62.2% possession - the highest percentage any club has managed against a Guardiola team in any competition.

That statistic should be qualified with the fact that Man City were reduced to 10 men early on in that match, but that will not change Guardiola's expectancy of how difficult this contest will be.

Six teams finished above Wolves in the final Premier League table last season, but for Manchester City this could be just about the toughest opening game they could have faced.

Wolves did the league double over the then-champions in 2019-20, and on Monday night could become the first team to ever beat a Guardiola side in three successive league matches.

All of the stats suggest that Wolves are Man City's bogey team beyond just last season too; excluding penalty shootouts, Guardiola only has a losing record against two managers he has faced at least five times - Nuno Espirito Santo and Jurgen Klopp.

The 3-2 triumph in the corresponding fixture at Molineux last season also saw Wolves record 62.2% possession - the highest percentage any club has managed against a Guardiola team in any competition.

That statistic should be qualified with the fact that Man City were reduced to 10 men early on in that match, but that will not change Guardiola's expectancy of how difficult this contest will be.

Such is the standard at the top of the Premier League now that any dropped points - even in the opening fixture - could prove costly, and if Liverpool overcome Chelsea on Sunday then Man City will once again find themselves playing catch-up from an early stage.

On the plus side, their opening-day record is superb; City are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League curtain-raisers, and victory at Molineux would see them win a record 10th in a row.

The new campaign could not have begun any better with Wolves making the quickest start to a season in Premier League history, racing into a 2-0 lead within six minutes at Sheffield United on Monday.

That was how it finished as Nuno's side made an early statement against one of their fellow European hopefuls from last season, with Raul Jimenez in particular looking sharp.

However, there was disappointment in midweek as a 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke City sent them out of the EFL Cup despite naming a number of regular first-teamers in their starting XI.

The likes of Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Romain Saiss, Ruben Neves and Adama Traore all started that match, while Jimenez was among the players to come off the bench.

Those players can expect a much tougher test against a Man City side champing at the bit to get going again, but their recent record in this fixture will fill them with confidence of picking up another positive result.


Team News And Statistics


MANCHESTER CITY
Guardiola has confirmed that club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero could be sidelined for a further two months with the knee injury he has carried over from last season.

Gabriel Jesus is therefore expected to lead the line, but City's attacking options could be further impacted by doubts hanging over the heads of Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez.

Bernardo is suffering from a quadriceps strain he picked up on international duty, while Mahrez is still working his way back up to fitness following a positive coronavirus test.

Mahrez is thought to be closer to full fitness than Aymeric Laporte, who also returned a positive COVID-19 test and could miss out on Monday night as a result.

Newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne is expected to start, but Phil Foden may be left out following his transgressions on international duty.

Predicted XI : Ederson; Walker, Garcia, Ake, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.

WOLVES
Wolves will be without long-term absentee Jonny, but Nuno otherwise has a clean bill of health as he prepares to welcome the former champions.

Summer signing Fernando Marcal is likely to fill in for him at left wing-back again, while Traore could revert to right wing-back for this match, despite having scored three of his four league goals last season against Man City.

Diogo Jota will not play any part as he closes in on a move to Liverpool.

Predicted XI : Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Traore, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Podence, Jimenez, Neto.



Sports Track Score Prediction




MANCHESTER CITY  [ 2 ] - [ 0 ] WOLVES

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