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Manchester City v Wolves – The Opposition

A Look At The Team Standing In The Way Of A Further Three Points

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Manchester City welcome Wolves to Manchester as they look to extend their lead at the top to 15 points and the winning run to 21 matches. The blues have also not lost since November, and face a team that, after an excellent run last season, find themselves a little out of sorts this time around.

Wolves finished 7th last season and completed a league double over City, winning 2-0 at the Etihad, then staged a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Molineux in December. But it’s a different story this time around as the two teams meet for the second time this season.

Form

Much has been made of City’s incredible 21 match winning streak, however Wolves have had a big issue winning matches since the turn of the year. The visitors have won just 3 of their 10 league games so far, with their only away win of 2021 coming at Southampton (2-1) in February. They have also lost 3 and drawn 4, however their last few games have shown a little improvement.

Of their last 5 matches, Wolves have won 3 and drawn 2, but from their 13 away games so far, Wolves have won just 4, losing 6 and have a goal difference of -7.

Dangermen

Pedro Neto is the main threat for Wolves, having scored 5 goals in 30 games. Neto has had 38 shots this season, with a shot accuracy of 50%, but a goal conversion rate of just 13%. Ruben Neves also has 5 goals, but has played a game less than Neto. Neves has had 33 shots, and his shot accuracy is 42%, but his goal conversion is greater than Neto’s at 15%. Next on the list are Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence, however both will miss tonight’s match.

Neto and Neves both lead the way with assists, with Neto getting 5 and Neves 2 so far. Neves has attempted the most passes in the Wolves team with 1,566, and has completed 1,326, giving him a pass accuracy of 85%.

Who’s The Boss

Nuno Espirito Santo is still in charge at Wolves, having taken the hotseat in 2017 and lead Wolves back to the Premier League. He has presided over 187 matches so far, winning 92 and losing 48, giving him a win ratio of 49%.

Past Encounters

City started their season with a 3-1 win at Wolves back in September, which gave a modicum of revenge for the Black Country outfit completing a league double over City last season.

Last time in Manchester, two goals in the last ten minutes from Adama Traore gave Wolves a shock 2-0 victory at the Etihad.