Manchester City will look to pull further away from Liverpool when they travel to the Molineux Stadium to face Wolves in their next Premier League fixture on Wednesday evening.
City will come into this fixture full of confidence after claiming a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Newcastle United over the weekend, which saw Raheem Sterling bag a brace, while Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden also got their names on the score sheet.
The win saw the Citizens replace Liverpool at the top of the league table and go three points clear with three matches left to play.
Wolves fought back to secure a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after Conor Coady’s later header earned his side a point. They will be full of confidence following that display which saw them come back from 2-0 down.
The draw sees Wolves remain in eighth place in the league standings.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage knows this match could tilt the race for first.
“I’ve felt for a while, for City it’s West Ham away and Wolves away [that are the most important games in the title race].
“I know Wolves gave up a few goals the other day against Brighton and I was a bit critical of them. But generally speaking, defensively they’re solid with their back five and their screen in front.
“They can hurt you on counter attacks. They’ve got real speed and dynamism in that speed. Podence up top. Neto in particular can really get at you on the counter.
“They’re the two games for me that City need to be right at it.”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola adds: “You have the perfect life in the perfect club.’ Our fans, when they are disappointed they don’t behave like (it). They have been coming here from day one, in the warm up supporting, cheering.
“The fans don’t doubt that these guys have done this for many years. We are three points in front, (with) nine points to play for, goal difference four goals ahead, so we have another final on Wednesday.
“They are one of the teams that we have suffered a lot (against) in these last two, three, four years since Nuno took over, and now with Bruno. It’s a final for us.”
In head-to-head stats between the two teams, Man City have been the dominant of the two teams, having won the last three games, while Wolves won the previous two.
Lage will be without two players for the clash as Max Kilman is out with an ankle injury and Nelson Semedo is sidelined with a thigh injury, while Daniel Podence is doubtful for the clash with a suspected foot injury.
Guardiola is expected to be without the likes of Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker due to their respective injuries, while Benjamin Mendy continues to service his match suspension.
Chiquinho is enjoying his football for Wolves at the moment after he provided two assists against Chelsea after coming on for the last 19 minutes of the game.
Raheem Sterling is slowly beginning to hit form for City again after ending his six-game goal drought by scoring a brace to help the Citizens claim a comfortable win over Newcastle United in their previous league fixture.
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