Wolves vs Manchester City – Match Preview
Monday night sees a meeting of two clubs that suffered disappointment on their respective European stages at the end of last season, as both Wolves and Manchester City failed to win continental silverware.
While if there was disappointment in either camp, Wolves certainly did not show any of it last Monday as they earned a quickfire win over Sheffield United and one that got their Premier League season off to the perfect start.
A start that Manchester City are yet to have been afforded, as they were granted an additional week’s rest for their own European exploits and this Monday night sees Pep Guardiola’s men make this season’s Premier League bow at Molineux.
Manchester City go into it as favourites to win the Premier League and even though it is their first outing of the new campaign, the opposition of Wolves will provide a barometer of their championship winning credentials.
Wolves themselves will be an interesting proposition this season, as because they failed to win last season’s UEFA Europa League, it means their midweeks are largely vacant this season and this could aid them on a domestic basis.
With the upward trajectory that currently in place, it is more a case of when and not if Wolves crack the top four of the Premier League and with Nuno Espirtio Santo committing his continual future as manager of the club, it could be this season where the feat is achieved.
Of course, the battle to finish in the top four is incredibly cut-throat and Wolves will need to find an extra step that was just lacking towards the end of the last season. Then again, that was with the shackles of continental football also weighing them down.
Shackles that Manchester City will once again be locked into, but for them it is more a burden of weight that they have to carry and for the Etihad outfit, it is their inability to win the Champions League which is such a thorny issue.
After finishing so far behind Liverpool last season, the belief was that they would then scoop up European football’s biggest prize and after beating Real Madrid in the Round of 16, one almighty hurdle was cleared.
Which is why their subsequent defeat to Lyon in the next round was a shock to football fans all over the world and although the circumstances may have been different in a two legged affair, it is a moot debate in terms of whether they would have advanced or not.
What is not moot, is the debate regarding a win on Monday night and looking at the pre-match odds, the bookmakers have them as heavy favourites at odds of -185. A price that for an away team, looks decent value.
However, when these two teams met here last December, it was Wolves who ran out 3-2 winners and if you think they will repeat that feat, you can back them at the hefty looking +530, with the draw being +340 by comparison.