After making it two wins out of two in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Manchester City will now look to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League standings when they welcome Wolves to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
Despite returning from the international break with a shocking 3-2 loss away at Norwich last month, the defending champions have bounced back in some style.
Since their defeat at Carrow Road, Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last five matches across all competitions, including a 3-1 win away at Goodison Park last weekend.
On the flip side, while Wolves may have picked up their own dramatic European victory in midweek, last year’s surprise package have stalled since opening the 2019/2020 top-flight campaign.
Winning just one of their opening seven Premier League matches heading into October, the Oranges also have some unpleasant memories in their previous trip to Manchester.
Suffering a 3-0 loss in their last appearance at the Etihad, you might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found at 13/2 with 888sport to come away with an identical scoreline this weekend.
The free-scoring Blues
While Manchester City might be chasing a five-point deficit to Liverpool in the race to retain their Premier League crown, many around the Etihad are still believing that their side can secure a famous European and domestic double.
Picking up a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday and making it two out of two in Europe’s top tournament, many across England have been most impressed by their usual free-scoring antics.
Including putting eight past Watford a fortnight ago, Pep Guardiola’s side have already bagged an astonishing 27 goals in just their opening seven contests.
Remarkably averaging almost four goals per game entering October, you might be interested to know that the defending champions can be found at 6/4 with Ladbrokes to bag over 3.5 goals this weekend.
One man to watch on Sunday will be the red-hot Raheem Sterling.
Now finding the net in each of his last three appearances across all competitions, the 24-year-old is pencilled in at 4/6 with Betfair to extend on his purple patch at the Etihad.
Wolves paying the European price?
While Wolves may have completed a last-gasp injury-time smash and grab out in Turkey on Thursday, the Oranges have failed to reach a similar level that they set last season.
Although Nuno Espírito Santo’s men may have picked up a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Watford last weekend, Sunday’s guests have won just one of their opening seven Premier League appearances.
Now sat down in 13th and many questioning the effects that their hectic schedule has played on their domestic campaign, they also appear someway off mounting back-to-back European charges.
Santo’s side currently find themselves pencilled in as high as 9/1 with Ladbrokes to secure a top-six finish come May, behind Leicester, West Ham, and Everton.
There is no doubt that Wolves’ Portuguese boss will also be growing more concerned by Raul Jiminez’s continued goal draught.
Now going five games without finding the net, Santo could be tempted to hand summer arrival Patrick Cutrone just a second Premier League start.