If Wolves are at their best when the opposition attack, this might be the easiest game of the season.
I suspect that particular hypothesis only extends so far though.
But we can certainly travel to the Etihad with hope given what the lads have achieved this season and the number they did on Spurs still fresh in the memory.
They’ll need a similar performance on Monday to have any chance and as much as I admire Pep, it would be great to spoil the party for them again.
City might have scored 16 goals in their last two matches, but they’ve only managed one in two against Wolves – and that was a header from a set piece.
Still, it’s intimidating to be next in line after those morale boosting demolitions of Rotherham and Burton.
Prior to that there was the pivotal win over Liverpool too, so it feels like they’ve well and truly got over that despicable two game blip and are back to their juggernaut best.
Just as well because if they’re to get 100 points again nothing but perfection will do. A mid 90s haul may suffice to retain the title though.
Aguero didn’t play in either of the cup games but could feature on Monday. Vincent Kompany is also on his way back.
But whether those two make it or not, Pep has a wealth of options to choose from and we’ll be getting their strongest possible XI.
They average 3.7 goals per game at home in the Premier League so combating that statistic is the primary objective.
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The home end
Some comments lifted from the match thread on a popular City forum:
We owe this lot for robbing us of 2 points that could be vital but this is going to be a really tough game, they’ll be flying after beating spurs and the dippers.
Think this will be the game that sets the tone for the rest of the League season. Expect a tough game but I also expect us to play with the relentless ferocity of the last three games.
Wolves have proved their worth in the PL by decent performances against the top 6. We do need to win this and keep our momentum up! High tempo with ruthless finishing and solid defending. They’re no mugs, we shouldn’t assume anything. Nothing would please the Dippocrites and Spuds to see us slip up. 2-1
God. We go into this one strong. Everyone fit (bar Memdy) and playing well, KDB improving every game, confidence and motivation high. We might give them a tonking.
We know what they can do…their speed on the break, and their ability to score from outside the box…but if we can’t beat Wolves at home at this stage of the season with 5 days between games and key players rested, then the PL is out of our reach, as is the CL.
Tough game, they’re probably the best team outside of the top 6, they just haven’t been as consistent playing against the other 13 teams.
The way they play I sense this might be our most difficult home fixture to come for the remainder of the season. Any win will be huge for us especially if Brighton who will give anybody a tough game at home grab something against Liverpool.
In such a difficult environment it will be fascinating to see who Nuno deploys.
Midfield is probably the only area it’s tough to predict but he’s leaned towards that extra body in central areas of late and can see Saiss coming in for Dendoncker.
Jota looked good against Liverpool so would be worth starting as our most capable link-up man.
What the above arguably lacks is that outlet ball which the pace of Costa or Traore may afford, so wouldn’t be surprised if one of them starts either.
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