City proved against Norwich they are capable of implosion, especially as they host Wolves off the back of a mid-week Champions League tie, but surely Guardiola’s charges won’t slip up again to a side in the bottom half. Right?
Incredibly, Manchester City have scored a whopping 27 goals in the Premier League this season. That is an average 3.87 goals per game – a truly remarkable feat. Only once in their last seven have they failed to score three or more goals in a game whilst having netted 12 in their last two home Premier League games. It is not hard to see why then that Guardiola’s side are such short price favourites with online betting sites so backing goals galore is a good way to go to sniff out some extra value.
OVER 3.5 GOALS IN THE MATCH
It may appear a risk, but when you dig a little deeper, you can see where the value with popular sportsbooks lie in backing both teams to score. Both sides face tricky mid-week European trips but that has not dented either sides’ ability when it comes to scoring goals in their next matches. Since the Premier League season got underway, Wolves have scored at least once in their following Premier League games after a Europa League clash whilst City’s exploits we have well covered. City will win, but Wolves look good to grab a consolation.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
As there is little no value in backing the home win, you need to dig a little deeper for value and we have found it by backing a majority of the goals to come in the opening 45 minutes. In three of City’s last four games in all competitions, more goals have flown in the first half than the second. That makes it a wise decision to back the action to go crazy early doors. Make sure you take your seat early in this one.
HIGHEST SCORING HALF – FIRST HALF
Head to Head
Despite Wolves’ hectic European schedule clearly affecting their league form, it was Nuno Espírito Santo who actually beat the mighty city the last time they met. However, that was on penalties in the preseason Asia Trophy Final so doesn’t really count. Last season in the Premier League, Wolves did well to snatch a point on home soil in a 0-0 draw but suffered a 3-0 thumping at the Etihad. Overall, City have claimed 48 wins over Wolves with Wanderers winning 47 and a total of 25 draws across all competitions – yes, including that elaborate friendly!
Manchester City to win 3-1
Three is City’s lucky number and they have scored exactly that number of goals in four of their last seven games in all competitions. Three in their last four if you want to make those numbers sound even prettier. There is a trend there and the trend is our friend. Wolves have also score exactly once in three of their Premier League games so 3-1 makes complete sense.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
All Predictions by Darren Williamson