27 December 2019 live
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City
After a 3-1 victory against Leicester City last weekend, Pep Guardiola’s City side will return against Wolverhampton for their 19th premiere league appearance of the season later today. City beat The Foxes to place themselves back in the title race – assuming Liverpool might slip up at some point.
City remains 3rd on the league table with 38 points – one behind 2nd place, Leicester City. The Citizens will be looking to take second place at the end of today seeing that Leicester lost to Liverpool yesterday. City’s recent form is WLWDWL. They will likely pick up a win today considering Wolverhampton is a weaker side on paper.
City stepped up their game to get an equalizer and then scored two more after a Jamie Vardy goal last weekend. For them it has been a case of no-Aguero-no-problem as Gabriel Jesus has stepped up to fill the Argentine’s boots. The Brazilian has been an inspiration for City, scoring 6 goals in 9 premier league appearances. Six of which he came on as a substitute. Jesus is only behind Raheem Sterling and injured Sergio Aguero who both have 9 goals.
On the other side, Wolves sit 8th place with 27 points on the premier league table. They are feeling confident after a victory in their last game against Norwich City. Raul Jimenez has been the one hitting the net for Wolves. The Mexican striker is the highest goal scorer for his side after scoring a total of 7 goals so far this season.
His tally along with that of Adama Traore, Diego Jota and a host of others have helped Wolves to a total of 26 goals in 18 premiere league appearances.
The last time both sides met, Wolves beat City by two goals. Both goals came from Adama Traore – one in the 80th minute and another in extra-time (90+4’). Pep Guardiola was shocked with the results knowing it wasn’t a true reflection of the match statistics. City had an unbelievable 76% ball possession against 24% for Wolves. City also took 18 shots at goal against 7 from Wolves. Out of the shots only 2 were on target for both sides – of which both shots ended up in the back of the net for Wolves.
Later today coach, Nuno Espírito Santo will be hoping his side repeats the exploits of their previous encounter with Manchester City. But Pep will be keen to put their last encounter behind with a sounding victory.
Veteran English referee, Martin Atkinson will be in-charge of the game which kicks off at 7:45 UK Time.
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-0 win in the reverse fixture stands as one of the big surprise results so far in the Premier League (PL). They’ve been in good form ever since (W4, D5, L1), where curiously close to half of those nine matches (44.44%) ended in a 1-1 scoreline. ‘Two’ might be the number, as 55.56% of their PL matches so far have featured precisely two total goals.
Hard to beat, Wolves’ tally of nine draws is the highest in the PL, and is impressive considering that they have been behind at half-time in 50% of their league matches so far. Indeed, they’ve rescued a draw five times from a losing half-time position – at least two more such feats than any other side going into this round.
Results have varied somewhat in the PL for Manchester City recently (W3, D1, L1), but the total goals output from matches remains a league-high of 3.89 on average. An unmatched 61.11% of their outings have featured 4+ goals.
A raucous start could be on the table, as the opener has been scored by the 25th minute in eight of City’s nine away league games this season. The final half-hour may still be the visitors’ best time to impress though, as City have just conceded two goals during this period on their league travels while scoring 11 themselves.
Players to watch: Raúl Jiménez (WOL) has five PL goals in his last ten matches – four of those arrived after the 60th minute.
Kevin de Bruyne (MCI) now has four PL goals in his last six matches – netting three of those away from home.
Stat attack: Wolves have been drawing at half-time in just one of their nine PL home matches.
There’s been an average of 1.0 goals scored after the 80th minute across City’s last six competitive matches.
City have scored at least one goal in 20 straight PL away matches.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 20:45.