Prediction & odds for the game: Manchester City (1/6) v Wolves (16/1) – ST is backing the home win
When: Tuesday, 2nd March @ 8pm K.O
Where: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City will attempt to make it 21 straight wins in all competitions when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Twenty straight wins is the kind of achievement that is reserved for the truly elite in world football. Now, Manchester City can almost certainly claim to be part of that category after an incredible run of form across multiple competitions. Pep Guardiola knows the league title is already within touching distance and while there’s still a ‘title race’ of sorts happening, no other team in the league looks like causing City any substantial problems.
There are so many different wins to talk about but even across the last 18 days, Manchester City’s consistency has been on a whole other level. They beat Swansea in the FA Cup, Tottenham in the league and Everton in the PL too, scoring nine goals across those three games. They then edged past Arsenal, beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League and fought hard to overcome West Ham yesterday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers fans probably don’t have to worry about the threat of relegation – but we don’t think that’s really the point. They’ve gone from UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists to a team that just can’t inspire any kind of creative or attacking football. It’s a sorry state of affairs and it’s only going to get worse as time goes on, which raises questions about the future of Nuno Espirito Santo as manager.
Winning has been a bit more frequent for Wolves lately after success against Arsenal, Southampton and Leeds to go alongside a dull draw against Leicester. Alas, the loss to Southampton and the 1-1 draw at Newcastle last night served as a reminder of how far this team still has to go in order to reach their former glories.
Wolves haven’t looked like themselves in recent months and Manchester City have been on fire – which seems like a good combination for the hosts. We do think the visitors will try and set up in a defensive stance which should bode well for them in the early stages of the game, but being able to fully ride out that storm is a different matter altogether. We believe City will eventually kick into high gear and really send a message to the rest of the league with an emphatic win.
We predict Man City will win 4-1 after the floodgates open, meaning we smash the over 2.5 goals bracket – but it should also open the game up a bit which we all want to see.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 1/6 and the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6 (All odds are taken from bet365).
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