Man City v Wolves – Match Preview and Tips
Man City v Wolves – Mon 14th Jan, 20:00, Etihad Stadium
Referee: Craig Pawson
Liverpool are now seven points clear at the top of the table, can Man City reduce that to four points with a home win over Wolves? City are looking for their fifth win in a row in all competitions after scoring 16 goals in their last two cup matches.
Yes, they were both home matches against Rotherham and Burton Albion, but City played some brilliant football to hit those scorelines. After defeating Liverpool in their last PL match, City will go into this match full of confidence.
Meanwhile, Wolves lost their last PL match 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace. But, they did defeat a weaker Liverpool team 2-1 in the FA Cup third-round a week ago. Do I see them building on that win? No, I do not.
Man City are a force at home, they are unbeaten in their last 34 PL home matches against promoted sides. But, Wolves do have a strong and capable team despite their recent promotion. Even so, I struggle to see anything but a City home win tonight.
City have bounced back from their back to back league defeats against Palace and Leicester, and I struggle to see another shock tonight. Although, Wolves are a tough team to beat on the road. They have lost just one, drawn two and won two of their last five matches on the road.
Including a brilliant 3-1 win on the road against Spurs in their last away match. In fact, Wolves have a good record against the top teams in the league, beating Spurs and Chelsea while picking up draws against United, Arsenal and City in their reverse fixture.
Firstly, Man City are 1/6 to win, the draw is 15/2 and a Wolves win is 18/1!
Wow, Wolves at 18/1 is pretty big considering City lost to Palace and Leicester just last month.
But, I do not see it happening tonight. Instead, I see value in both teams scoring which is best priced at 5/4 with Unibet. City have seen both teams score in their last five matches in a row while Wolves have seen both teams score in their last five PL matches on the road.
City are terrific going forward, but their defence has looked a little leaky in recent Premier League matches. Wolves have enough talent in their squad to push for a goal, but they will need to be clinical when they get their chances.
On that note, I see value in BTTS and match result City which is best priced at 2/1 with SportNation.
I see some value in the price boosts markets for yellow cards. Firstly, Ruben Neves is 5/2 with BoyleSports to be booked in this match. He already has five yellow cards this season and he will be in for a rough game against this talented City team.
Also, I like the look of Fernandinho to be booked at 4/1 with BoyleSports. He has only received two yellow cards this season, but he puts in a lot of challenges each match. With potential counter-attacks on the cards for Wolves, Fernandinho will often be in place to take the tactical yellow card for his team.