Competition/Round: 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy – Final
Date/Time: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City – Saturday, 20 July 2019, 12:30 GMT (UK); 07:30 EST, 04:30 PST (USA)
Venue: Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China
Referee: Martin Atkinson
TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League (UK)
Live Stream: SKY GO Extra (UK)
Following an entertaining series of semi-finals which saw both clubs score four goals against their respective opponents, Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Manchester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy Final. Whilst a glorified friendly, both Wolves and City will hope to win the tournament so that they may add another trophy to their cabinet.
Wolverhampton Wanderers earned a clean sheet against Newcastle United in what transpired to be a routing on Wednesday. Wolves striker Diogo Jota scored two of his side’s four goals in the Semi-Final match. Wolverhampton will also have a fully-fit squad available for Saturday’s Final.
Meanwhile, Manchester City had a shaky start against West Ham United, but by full time the match ended in a routine Sky Blue victory. Raheem Sterling score two of his club’s four goals during the match. City may be without several of their star players, but the Manchester club has demonstrated it has plenty of talent available for this fixture.
Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Traoré, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre; Jota, Gibbs-White
Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo
Bravo; Danilo, Harwood-Bellis, Laporte, Zinchenko; Doyle, Rodri, D. Silva; Sterling, Nmecha, Sané
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City started their pre-season tour with a bang, and both sides will hope to continue this good trend as they prepare for the Premier League Asia Trophy Final on Saturday.
Wolves proved to be a stubborn side for City last season, and Wolverhampton performed remarkably well against the English Premier League’s top six. As a result, they will compete in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League this season and may use this match to showcase some of their newly acquired talent.
Meanwhile, having won the first English men’s domestic treble last season, it is believed City’s focus this season will be to win the UEFA Champions League. Manchester have also acquired new talent, and this match will be the perfect opportunity to test their abilities to determine who will make City’s Champions League squad this season.
Last season’s EPL results saw Wolves draw and lose to City, albeit they had a player sent off in the match they lost. This time it is believed the match will be tighter, but by full time the Sky Blues will edge out in front.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Manchester City