Manchester City get their season underway this Monday night with a potentially tricky encounter away at Wolverhampton.
Nuno Santo’s men will certainly not be push overs for City. Wolves kicked off their campaign in blistering style having picked up a convincing 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
While most teams have now played in a cup or a league game, for Manchester City this will be their first competitive outing since their Champions League exit to Lyon last month.
Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola’s men have been priced as the firm favourites to win this game at 4/9. Wolves, meanwhile, are currently available at around the 11/2 mark.
Last year, Nuno Santo did a season double over Manchester City having beaten Guardiola’s side both at Molineux and at the Etihad. In fact, City only recorded one win over Wolves from their last four encounters.
Bearing everything mind, it wouldn’t be that outlandish to back the home side in the betting. Wolves in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market are currently available at 21/5 with both Betfair and PaddyPower.
Another potential bet is to back a Wolves victory and both teams to score at 11/1. Draw and both teams to score is also well priced at 9/2.
However, our recommendation is to have a dabble in the correct score market and back the 2-2 draw at the current price of 16/1; a price offered by both Betfair and PaddyPower.
There is a 25.4% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Manchester City, at 57.3%, are heavy favorites to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers who have just a 17.4% chance to win at home. Overall, the average simulation score is Manchester City 1.9 to Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.9. In simulation wins, Wolverhampton Wanderers upsets Manchester City by averaging 7.5 shots and 3.3 shots on goal. They average 2.1 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.5 in simulation losses.
De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus struck at Molineux to give Pep Guardiola’s side a winning start.
Manchester City sent out a title warning to Liverpool as Kevin De Bruyne inspired them to a hard-fought 3-1 win at Wolves.
The midfielder’s penalty and goals from Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola’s side a statement victory to open their Premier League campaign.
City were unplayable at times before losing their way after the break and Wolves made it nervy when Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back before Jesus struck in stoppage time.
Guardiola’s men still sent out a message to champions Liverpool as they look to reclaim the title they surrendered last season.
De Bruyne, last term’s Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, delivered a near faultless display while debutant Nathan Ake was assured.
City finished last season – just over a month ago – in disarray after their Champions League quarter-final exit to Lyon but immediately ended any fears of a hangover with a dominant first-half display.
They quickly swarmed all over Wolves and the hosts’ night was made harder when Ruben Vinagre replaced the injured Marcal after just eight minutes.
City pinned them back and Wolves needed Rui Patricio to parry De Bruyne’s free-kick but the dominant visitors kept probing and got their reward after 20 minutes.
Foden slipped De Bruyne in on the right and Romain Saiss’ foolish lunge brought the midfielder down just inside the box.
The Belgium international buried the penalty and Guardiola’s unrelenting side continued to pile the pressure on.
City threatened to slice through Wolves several times before they did again to double their lead after 32 minutes.
De Bruyne had conducted City and he was at the heart of a slick move involving Ake, Rodrigo, Fernandinho and Foden.
De Bruyne then slipped in Raheem Sterling to cross for the arriving Foden to finish as Wolves were torn apart.
Wolves hit back from 2-0 down at Molineux last season to win 3-2 but without the backing of a vociferous fan-base – and the fact City were just too good – there was no way back.
Jimenez headed Adama Traore’s cross wide five minutes before the break but it was Wolves’ only opening of a chastening half.
It would have been worse had Patricio not turned De Bruyne’s shot over after he was sent clear by Jesus’ header.
There was no desire from City to sit on their lead after the break, demonstrated by their fierce pressing and Jesus’ shot at Patricio.
But Wolves finally found their spark and created a flurry of chances, starting when Daniel Podence curled wide.
Ruben Neves’ low drive was then cleared by Kyle Walker in a warning to City and Podence went closer after 59 minutes.
The forward was sent through by Neves only to chip over and, a minute later, Jimenez side-footed Traore’s cross wide from six yards.
The striker did pull a goal back with 12 minutes left when Podence nutmegged De Bruyne and crossed for him to head in.
But Jesus ended any City fears when he made it 3-1 in injury time, his shot deflecting in off Conor Coady.