Manchester City look to continue their winning ways in the Premier League as they make the trip to the West Midlands to face Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
In midweek, Manchester City tasted defeat in the Carabao Cup third round. Despite having chances to score themselves through Julian Alvarez and Josko Gvardiol, City failed to take advantage before Swedish forward Alexander Isak gave Eddie Howe’s side the lead in the 53rd minute.
Fielding a heavily rotated side with eight changes, Guardiola will be hoping there’s no hangover from their midweek disappointment, as the Catalan seeks to secure the three points at Molineux this weekend.
In similar fashion, Wolves also come into this affair off the back of defeat in the Carabao Cup. Having found themselves 2-0 up inside 15 minutes away at Ipswich, with goals from Hwang Hee-Chan and Toti Gomes, the Championship high-flyers showed great fight to come back and secure their place in the next round with a surprise 3-2 victory.
Gary O’Neil’s side have struggled for points so far this season, with just four points from six games. However, a positive note for them has been the displays of Pedro Neto.
The Portuguese winger missed a large chunk of last season through injury but he’s started the season in top form with one goal and four assists in six matches.
The Portugese’s pace, and ability to take on his man, is something that Guardiola will be wary of to nullify Wolves’ threat down the wings.
Saturday’s clash also sees Matheus Nunes return to his old stomping ground, having played for The Wanderers last season.
The 25-year-old made 36 appearances in the Premier League for Wolves before completing a move to the Etihad Stadium on deadline day during the summer transfer window for a reported £53 million fee.
Manchester City will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 30th September at the Molineux Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 15:00 BST.
Guardiola confirmed in his press conference that John Stones is unlikely to play however he is in individual training, and a return to action for the Englishman could be next week or following the RB Leipzig tie.
Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are still out with injury and therefore won’t feature in this match.
Rodri will also miss this match as part of the three-match suspension he picked up against Nottingham Forest.
O’Neil boasts a fully-fit squad for this affair. However, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde will be absent through suspension.
Wolves will also be without on-loan City midfielder Tommy Doyle because loan players are not eligible to play against parent clubs in the Premier League.
Head to Head
Last season, the Cityzens did the double over Saturday’s opponents by a 3-0 scoreline in both fixtures. Superstar forward Erling Haaland scored four goals in those two games with a hat-trick in the home affair.
Manchester City have not dropped points against Wolves since the 2019/20 season where they failed to pick up any points. Guardiola’s team lost 2-0 in the home game and 3-2 at Molineux.
How to Watch
For fans in the United Kingdom, this match will not be televised. This is due to the 15:00 blackout rule. BBC Radio Manchester will, however, be providing full match commentary.
For viewers in the United States, you can view the match on Peacock, with kick-off scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST.
For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV listings here!
City Xtra will also be doing a live Watchalong show of the tie on our Youtube channel!
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