City to teach Wolves harsh lesson?

There is no stopping the Manchester City juggernaut, which has already begun moving through the gears in rapid fashion just two games into the new Premier League season. The next station is Wolverhampton, where the home side are unlucky to have just one point to show for their efforts following their reintroduction to the Premier League.

Wolves have been reminded how cruel the top flight can be already and are likely to get another wake-up call when Pep Guardiola’s men take to the field at Molineux for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

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If you didn’t know Manchester City had more players involved in the World Cup than any other Premier League club, then you would be hard pressed to figure it out based on the way they have hit the ground running.

Chelsea were no match in the Community Shield, while Arsenal looked light years behind the champions on the opening weekend. Last week’s 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield was another real statement of intent from the Citizens.

Heading into this weekend, the season so far looks like being a repeat of the 2017/18 campaign, in which City won 19 of their first 20 matches. That run included a perfect 10 out of 10 away wins as they eventually went on to record 16 victories on the road.

City are 1.24 to pick up another three points away from the Etihad, while Wolves are a massive 12.00 to end a run of just one win from their last 26 Premier League matches.

There have been positives for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men to take from their first two matches against Everton and Leicester, although in each game they have been left feeling they should have had more to show for their efforts. Last week’s 2-0 loss at Leicester was particularly frustrating given all the chances they created, but given time they should get to grips with Premier League life.

Nuno will once again need to look elsewhere, rather than the scoreline, for the positives this weekend in what is essentially a free hit for his side.

Wolves won’t fire another blank

Wolves failed to score last week for only the second time in their last 14 competitive matches but it wasn’t for the want of trying. In Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, they have players that can cause sides problems, and City will be no exception.

It is a given that City will score away from home, notching two or more in 14 of their 19 matches last season. At the other end, they have conceded in five of their last nine Premier League games, making both teams to score & over 2.5 goals at 2.25 look a sensible choice.

With City such a short price to win and given they are full of goals, the visitors to triumph by a two-goal margin is available at 3.80.

Sterling work from City

City have won their last seven away games in the league by an aggregate score of 18-3 with Raheem Sterling having had a hand in seven of those goals. The much maligned England forward has hit the back of the net three times and recorded four assists, making him the one to watch for City if he starts.

Sterling is 3.10 to have over 0.5 assists against Wolves and 2.00 to score anytime. When the former Liverpool man scores, City always win.

He’s netted in 27 Premier League games and is yet to be on the losing side. There is little chance of that stat changing come Saturday.