Man City VS Wolves – LIVE Reddit Soccer 11/05/2022
Manchester City will aim to take another giant step towards Premier League glory when Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome them to Molineux for Wednesday’s fixture. Bruno Lage’s side fought back to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at the weekend, while the table-toppers hit Newcastle United for five without reply. With Chelsea dropping points from winning positions time and time again this season, Wolves were not down and out after Romelu Lukaku’s two-minute brace at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues’ new owners witnessed their side suffer a capitulation in the capital.
The introduction of livewire Chiquinho sparked a dramatic Wolves fightback in the final few moments, as the 22-year-old found Francisco Trincao to curl home before his pinpoint cross met the head of Conor Coady in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time. Lage’s side were seemingly consigned to a fourth successive league defeat before Coady’s heroic late goal, and that point has just about kept them in contention for a European place as they occupy eighth spot in the rankings – five points behind West Ham United who have played a game more.
A strong end to the season could even see Wolves usurp Manchester United, but Lage’s side must still face City and Liverpool before the final whistle blows on a tumultuous campaign, with a home clash to basement side Norwich City sandwiched in between the two meetings with the title contenders. While Wolves ended a three-game run without a point or goal in West London, Lage’s formerly solid defence has now been breached in six successive Premier League games, and their pattern of winning one then losing one at home may not count for much against the clinical Citizens.
The first team to face Manchester City after a European elimination should always prepare themselves for the prospect of a drubbing, and Pep Guardiola’s side followed the script with a merciless showing against Newcastle United to extend their lead at the top of the rankings.
Raheem Sterling was on target twice alongside goals from Phil Foden, Rodri and Aymeric Laporte at the Etihad, and with Liverpool failing to get the better of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Guardiola’s side are inching ever closer to domestic glory.
Indeed, City continue to lead the pack on goal difference after Liverpool could only beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday night – they needed a four-goal margin of victory to return to the summit – and Guardiola hit out at the perceived favouritism towards the Merseyside club over the weekend.
The Catalan’s players must only focus on the task at hand on the field, and they have done so admirably with four successive Premier League wins – scoring 17 goals and conceding just one in that streak – and their unbeaten away run in the top flight now stands at a staggering 16 games, unsurprisingly a new club record.
It took a Sterling penalty for City to undo Wolves’ hard work in a 1-0 Etihad victory back in December, with that result representing the champions’ third consecutive win over the Molineux side, and a fourth would go a long way to cementing their status at the top.
Manchester City will look to move a step closer to successfully defending their Premier League crown when they take on Wolves at the Molineux on Wednesday. The 2021/22 Premier League season is on its last legs, with the title race going down to the wire. The reigning champions Manchester City will be in action on Wednesday night when they lock horns with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux, looking to take another step towards keeping the crown firmly on their head.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have seen their campaign peter out after once being in contention for a top-six finish. But unless they win their remaining three games, Wolves will not finish sixth, and ending seventh on the table is their best hope for European football next season. Bruno Lage’s men will be buoyed by their late comeback against Chelsea, with the Blues dropping two points in a 2-2 draw.
On the other hand, Manchester City’s form in the business end of the season once again shows them to be the epitome of consistency in the clutch period. The reigning Premier League champions last faced a defeat in February and are currently on a four-game unbeaten run. Their most recent win was a 5-0 thrashing of an in-form Newcastle United, with the result taking them three points clear of Liverpool.
Bruno Lage does not have any new injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Manchester City. On Wednesday, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager will be bereft of the services of three first-team players.
Max Kilman (ankle), Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Daniel Podence (toe) remain on the sidelines due to their respective fitness issues. But while Kilman and Semedo are done for the season, Podence could be in contention to feature in Wolves’ last two games, although the Manchester City clash has come too soon for him.
While the possibility of Lage’s presence in the Wolves dugout remains unclear, the Portuguese tactician will likely shift to the 3-5-2 formation to contain the threat of the Manchester City midfielders. The decision will lead to a recall for Leander Dendoncker.
The Belgian international will line up alongside Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves in the middle of the park. Jonny Otto and Rayan Ait-Nouri will continue to be the two wing-backs, with the duo carrying a significant threat on their forays down the flanks.
Francisco Trincao will have done enough to earn a start after initiating Wolves’ comeback against Chelsea this past weekend. The Portuguese forward will link up with Raul Jimenez in the strike partnership, with Pedro Neto, Hwang hee-Chan, Fabio Silva and Chiquinho options off the bench.
Jose Sa picks himself between the sticks, with Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss continuing as the central defensive partnership. The trio will need to be more disciplined than last week, as Manchester City will pounce on the errors more efficiently.