Every time we’ve won a Premier League game this season, we’ve followed up with a defeat.
That’s something Wolves need to address, but it’ll be tough to break that trend on Sunday, especially if the cup exit is anything to go by.
The Liverpool game showed that however many strikers we throw at the problem, scoring remains the issue.
On the plus side, this team still tend to do all their damage on the counterattack and there will be plenty of opportunities to do that in this game.
Any result other than a defeat would be significant.
I watched City’s comeback win over Spurs last night and was impressed with how they managed that game after conceding the first two goals.
It wasn’t a typical Pep performance (which probably explains his bizarre post-match demeanour) but they bulldozed their way through repeatedly to get the job done.
Foden, De Bruyne and Cancelo all sat on the bench with their feet up while Dias, Walker and Silva only had token minutes right at the end. That’s what you call squad depth and it gives Pep no shortage of options for Sunday.
They lost to Brentford and drew with Everton in fairly recent times, which should at least give us hope of causing a similar upset.
But 35 goals scored at home already (50 overall) is a scary prospect, particularly with Haaland back among them after a two game ‘drought’.
Subject to injury there are plenty of options for Lopetegui to choose right across the pitch, but this is what I’d expect to see.
Pablo Sarabia hasn’t come to sit on the bench, but hasn’t had a huge amount of minutes so it would be a bold move to throw him straight in at the Etihad. His output suggests he could be a problem solver in the weeks ahead.
This is definitely the type of game Mario Lemina was drafted in to play so I’ll be surprised if he’s not in the starting XI.
Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Jonny, Toti, Traore, Raul and Costa are other realistic options depending on the shape and tactics the coach wants to deploy.
Well done to Ben Rasmin, Rich, Woodend wolf, Matt Cook, Mike Jones and Wishfart who all correctly predicted the 1-0 scoreline against West Ham.
Rich extends his lead at the top of the overall table to 5 points at the end of Gameweek 19.
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