Manchester City set to take on Wolves in the Premier League tomorrow, looking to extend their gap at the top of the table to 15 points.
The Blues won three very hard-fought points at the Etihad Stadium last weekend with a 2-1 win against West Ham. Sergio Agüero returned to the side after what feels like years and they managed to grind out another win thanks to the enormous contributions of Ruben Dias and John Stones at both ends of the pitch.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are next; and Nuno’s men have been a tricky opponent in recent fixtures between the sides and this will act as another test for this City side if they want to add to their 27-game unbeaten run.
Wolves have had a difficult season so far and have failed to keep up to the standards they set for themselves and their fans after their wonderful 19/20 season. They currently sit 12th in the Premier League table with 34 points from 26 games having won nine, drawn seven and lost 10.
There's no fresh concerns for City after the West Ham game; which means Guardiola has a nearly fully-fit squad at his disposal - barring Nathan Aké, who is training alone at this moment in time.
As for Wolverhampton, there is extremely good news as Raul Jimenez is back in training for the first time after a fracture to his skull, but this game will come too soon for him. Willy Boly, Daniel Podence and Marcal will not be available for this fixture.
Head to Head:
The last time these two teams met was back in September, City’s first match of the 20/21 season. They faced Wolves without a pre-season and managed to win away at the Molineux thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne penalty, a close-range Phil Foden goal and a third goal deep into extra time courtesy of Gabriel Jesus.
Overall, Manchester City have won 49, drawn 25 and lost 49 games against Wolves. This will be the 124th meeting between these two sides.
The Manager's thoughts:
Pep Guardiola was asked if he thinks his team can break the world record winning run before the game, he said; "It will be an incredible question, a nice answer at the end of the season. I said before, we're delighted with what we've done, we can't deny it. No team has done before which means how difficult it is."
The Catalan boss also spoke about Wolves and the recent encounters with this opposition, he said; "History against Wolves dictates how tough it will be, we know. We know the type of game to play. We have to be intense, but calm. They play with ambition to punish. We have to be clever. The last years were tough, this will not be an exception.
Both teams are different [from the reverse]. It was our first friendly - we didn't play before. We played a good first half, then they played better. It was an incredible result, we were far from our best. A good victory but a long time ago."
Wolverhampton Manager Nuno Espirito Santo spoke about the revival of his team’s form after a slump earlier in the season, he said; "We have a very difficult game tomorrow. The way we approach is game by game so nothing has changed. [We are] not looking at the overall classification, we are trying to the best we can game by game"
Chris Kavanagh, who will officiate his 4th Manchester City game this season, will be joined by assistant referees Adam Nunn and Sian Massey-Ellis. Anthony Taylor will be the fourth official at the Etihad Stadium.
Video Assistant Referee duties have been handed to Craig Pawson (VAR) and Stephen Child (AVAR).
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