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  • October 30, 2010
  • • 15:00
  • • Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 25971
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Premier League Preview: Wolves - Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Wolves - Manchester City

Top Of The Chops

Mick McCarthy's side have come under considerable criticism of late for supposedly pushing the boundaries of the law, and while the former Republic of Ireland manager can rightly say that his team do not deliberately go out to injure opponents, Wolves' position at the bottom of the disciplinary table is indisputable.

Defeat on Saturday could see the Midlanders drop to the bottom of the table on points. It is solely by virtue of goal difference that they do not already take that dubious honour.

And that prospect does not seem too unlikely given that Wanderers haven’t won since the opening day victory over Staffordshire rivals Stoke City, having gone on to pick up just two paltry points at Molineux since the heady days of August.

Nor does the head-to-head between the two sides bode well, with Wolves beaten twice by Saturday's opponents last season.

Too Reliant On Tevez?

After last week’s capitulation at home to Arsenal, the visitors need to get back to winning ways if they are to maintain their tilt at the title.

Defeat at Molineux could see Mancini's side fall eight points off the top of the table and lose their position in the prized Champions League places should results elsewhere conspire against them.

But City’s away record this season doesn’t exactly instil confidence after winning only twice and totting up just five goals from four trips on the road, while their last trip to the Midlands ended with disappointment as they were knocked out of the League Cup by West Bromwich Albion.

And a reliance on club captain Tevez – who has netted over half of the City's Premier League goals – is another cause of anxiety, with no other player stepping up to score more than once this season in the competition.

TEAM NEWS

Wolves

Wolves will continue to be without veteran defender Jody Craddock, who has missed the last two games with a thigh injury and is not anticipated to be back until the league match against Bolton Wanderers in November, and long-term absentee Andlene Guedioura.

But the Midlands side are able to welcome back club captain Karl Henry, who has served his suspension for the red card he picked up after scything down Jordi Gomez in the defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Possible starting XI: Hahnemann; Foley, Berra, Mancienne, Ward; Edwards, Henry, Jones, Jarvis; Fletcher, Doyle.


Manchester City

Carlos Tevez has failed to prove his fitness after limping off in the second half of City's defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, with Emmanuel Adebayor likely to lead the line in his absence.

City will also be without defender Dedryck Boyata, who was sent off in the first few minutes last week. That suspension will give manager Roberto Mancini selection headaches in defence, where he is still without Wayne Bridge, summer signing Aleksandar Kolarov, and Kolo Toure. That should give Jerome Boateng another opportunity to stake his claim for a regular starting spot.

Mancini has yet to really figure out a consistent set of starters, but, Tevez aside, has a full pick of midfield and striking options.

Possible starting XI: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Boateng; Y Toure, De Jong, Barry; Silva, Adebayor, Milner.


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Players to watch

M. Jarvis

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The left winger shone in the 3-2 League Cup defeat at Old Trafford in midweek and his form has led to calls for an England place.

The 24-year-old has been Wolves’ standout player this season, notching two goals in the league, and he provides a reliable outlet with a consistent cross.

The former Gillingham man will have to be at his best if his side are to get anything against one of the league's more resolute sides.

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 16

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The World Cup winning winger has sizzled of late after struggling to make an instant impact in the Premier League, and in the absence of Tevez, the former Valencia man is arguably City's most talented player.

The Spaniard scored a vital goal at Blackpool to wrap up victory and his slick dribbling and eye for a pass will no doubt be appreciated by a team shorn of its top scorer.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester City

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Wolverhampton Wanderers
Draw
Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
25%
68%

Top 3 Predictions

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
0 - 2
Manchester City FC MNC
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
0 - 0
Manchester City FC MNC
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
0 - 3
Manchester City FC MNC

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