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Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League Matchday 22: Team News, Preview and Prediction

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The Blues Host the Wolves on Matchday 22

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Competition/Round: 2018/19 English Premier League Season – Matchday 22

Date/Time: Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Monday, 14 January 2019, 20:00 (UK); 15:00 EST, 12:00 PST (USA)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Match Officials

Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistants: Lee Betts, Eddie Smart

Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh

TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League (UK); NBCSN (USA)

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Radio: BBC Radio Manchester (UK); TalkSport Radio World, SiriusXM FC (USA)

Preview:

Following a series of entertaining FA Cup fixtures last week, Manchester City will host Wolverhampton Wanders on Matchday 21.

Over the past week, the Blues competed in a hat trick-trick of competitions and defeated their opposition by a score of 18-1. Whilst City faced Liverpool in the first game, many argued the reason for City’s high score was because they faced weaker opposition in their two cup matches. Nonetheless, City seem to have overcome their rut in December and will look to keep pace with current league leaders Liverpool.

They will face a difficult test against Wolverhampton Wonderers. The Wolves currently sit tenth in the table and have performed remarkably well against the top six. Thus far in the 2018/19 EPL season, the Wolves have drawn with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, and defeated Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Moreover, they recently eliminated Liverpool from FA Cup contention. These results show the Wolves are no pushover and will do whatever it takes to earn a result.

Team News:

Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are injured and will not feature in this match. Vincent Kompany is questionable. Sergio Agüero is hoping to recover from a recent flu illness.

Wolverhampton Wanderers will have a fully fit squad for this fixture.

Possible Lineups:

Manchester City

Formation: 4-3-3

Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Costa, Gibbs-White; Jiménez

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo

Prediction:

Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion have seen the Reds temporarily regain a seven point lead in the EPL. Should the Blues win on Monday, they will close the gap to four points with 16 games remaining. Simply put, the Mancunians need to win in order to keep the pressure on the Scousers.

Wolves, however, will look to spoil the party on Monday. Given their track record this season, it is certainly possible they could earn a shocking result at the Etihad Stadium.

Nonetheless, it appears City have learned from the mistakes made against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. Wolves will give it their all in this fixture, but the defensively sound Blues will edge out this affair.

Manchester City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers