For 36 minutes of Wednesday night’s game at Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers led against a Manchester City side packed with quality players, although the roof caved in straight after Adam Johnson scored an equaliser.
Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko quickly added goals as the Citizens ran riot against a team that they face at Eastlands on Saturday and you do fear for Mick McCarthy’s team when they face a side that are brimming with confidence after thrashing Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford.
The only saving grace for Wolves is that City have a trip to Spain next week where they will face Villarreal in the Champions League, although that probably won’t stop Roberto Mancini from fielding a very strong team.
Manchester City are banker material at 1/5 (Stan James – £150 free bets) to collect another three points and maintain that five-point gap at the top of the Premier League, with Mancini likely to select a similar starting XI to the side that played last weekend.
That includes firework safety office Mario Balotelli who has proven himself adept at scoring the opening goals of tight games, with Wanderers likely to put plenty of players behind the ball throughout this contest. The Italian only seems to need half a chance to score and bet365 (£200 free betting) offer a tasty 9/2 about the youngster.
Sergio Aguero and David Silva should also cause the Wolves defence plenty of problems, with the visitors available at 18/1 to pull off a shock victory although it could be damage limitation for the visitors.