Four matches take place from the Premier League on Sunday afternoon due to the midweek Champions League and Europa League fixtures. Champions Man City are one of the teams involved when welcoming Wolves to the Etihad for a 2.00pm kick-off. This match won’t be shown live on any major UK TV channel, but there are plenty of ways to keep pace with the action.
It promises to be a game well worth showing an interest in too as the hosts look to apply pressure to league leaders Liverpool who enjoy a cushion at the summit. The Reds have been impressive so far but there’s still plenty of football left to play and Man City won’t go down without a fight. The locals will view this as an achievable three points and bookmakers agree.
Sports bettors looking to wager their cash on the outcome of this match from round eight of the English top-flight will find the Manchester City win marked up as hot favourite. That was to be expected but the fact there’s no more than 1/8 when choosing to back the Cityzens with your hard-earned cash at Ladbrokes will put more than a few off. That leaves punters with a choice – take a risk on Wolves at a stunning 25/1 (Ladbrokes), play the draw at 9/1 with Betfair or take a stab at one of the many exciting specials markets available. These include correct score, handicap and total goals.
Man City Respond With 8-0 Win
Manchester City were short priced favourites to retain their league title this year and bank three-in-a-row. The locals remain the bookies pick to finish on the top step again in spring, but their price has eased a little as traders realise we have a title fight on our hands. Liverpool – who finished as runners up last season – went into round eight top of the league with a perfect record and 21 points on the board. That tally left Jurgen Klopp’s side five ahead of Man City who go into this contest with stats of five wins, one draw and a defeat. There’s much work to be done by Pep Guardiola and his crew if they are to claw back the difference while challenging in the Champions League.
The spare defeat on City’s record so far came against Norwich City at Carrow Road early last month when losing out by the odd goal in five. The Canaries pulled off a shock 3-2 win in front of their own fans and, in doing so, they proved the champions aren’t untouchable. We’re sure to see many twists and turns in this campaign and City won’t escape that. A response was required, and it came in the form of an incredible 8-0 win over Watford at the Etihad next time out. Pep’s boys rounded off the month of September with a hard-fought but deserved 3-1 win at Goodison Park last Saturday, achieved thanks to goals from Jesus, Mahrez and Stirling.
Struggling Wolves Won Last Time Out
All the talk in the lead up to this match has focussed on Man City and what they need to do to claim three points. That has allowed Wolves to fly under the radar and prepare without pressure. The visitors are well aware of the size of the task facing them here, but they also know their opponents were in Champions League action in midweek and playing two games in quick succession will surely leave a mark on the home dressing room. Is there ever a good time to play the champions? Wolves will hope it’s this weekend and they’ll set-up to frustrate.
The stats of the visiting team do little to encourage a bet on the upset and they bus to the Etihad with a league record reading one win and four draws against two defeats. Wolves have scored nine goals so far but conceded 11 and that leaky defence lies at the heart of their problems. Wanderers have managed just one win in their last five league games, but it did come last time out when beating struggling Watford on Saturday. The points were won that day thanks to goals from Doherty on 18 minutes and a Janmaat OG just after the hour mark. Nuno Espirito Santo labelled it a good performance when speaking to the media at full-time, but he’ll be well aware the improvement that is needed if his team are to lay a glove on Man City.
Visitors Aren’t Expected to Score
The form of both sides this season means we’ve really got to fear the worst for Wolves on Sunday. An overly generous away defence in with a free-scoring home attack. We can only see this game going one way and that’s a comfortable Man City victory. There’s little value to be had in backing the locals to win, however, even in stacked accumulators. That means we’re forced into the specials for our betting interest as we seek to make this one that little bit more enjoyable. So, what’s worth knowing when preparing your bets?
Man City eased to a 3-0 win when last hosting Wolves and they will be looking for more of the same. The visitors haven’t scored a goal at the home of the Cityzens since a Stephen Hunt penalty back in 2011. That puts us off backing Wanderers to trouble the scoresheet here. Back Man City to win -2 on the handicap at a decent even money with Betfair. Those after more can try their luck for small stakes on a 3-0 home win which has been marked up on the betting board at 13/2 – top price through the good people at bet365.
- Gabriel Jesus scored two when Man City last played Wolves
- Wolves have scored just one goal in their last four vs Man City
- A 3-0 home win was the outcome when these rivals last faced off
- Wolves have won just once in the Premier League since May
- Man City have scored the most goals in their first seven league games since 1894