Manchester City will belatedly kick off their 2020/21 premier league campaign away at Wolves on Monday night.
The former EPL champions did not participate in the first week of the season after they were given an extra time to rest following their champions league exploits – they were knocked out of the competition by Olympique Lyon in a one-legged quarter final match in Lisbon.
Wolves, on the other hand, started their 2020/21 Premier League campaign in solid fashion, beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last weekend. However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops come into this game on the back of a narrow defeat to Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.
When the two teams met last season, Wolves won both encounters and City will be hoping their luck changes against them to start the season off with three points if they are to keep their hopes of regaining the EPL title this season.
Nuno Espirito Santo will not have new injury worries. The only first XI absentee will be Jonny, who has missed previous fixtures due to a long term knee injury. We believe that new signing Fernando Marcal will be called to take his place. Ruben Neves is expected to regain his position in the Starting XI after being left out in the Sheffield Utd match.
Predicted lineup. (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Traore, Moutinho, Neves, Marcal; Podence, Jimenez, Neto
Unlike his counterpart, Pep Guardiola will be without a number of first team players. Ilkay Gundogan misses the match after testing positive of corona virus and experienced striker Sergio Aguero is not fit to start after a long term injury. Defender Aymeric Laporte will also be unavailable due to injury and this might give new signing Nathan Ake to make his debut for the Cityzens.
Predicted Line up: (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Garcia, Ake, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Manchester City will be looking to get their revenge on Wolverhampton for the last season’s back-to-back defeats. The Citizens are on a quest to regaining their Premier League trophy, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail in the season opener to tighten the gap with Liverpool.
Wolves, on the other hand recorded a hard fought win against a compact shieffield united, but lost 1-0 against Stoke in the EFL cup.
Owing to the ambitions of Guardiola’s men, we’re positive that away win should be considered.