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Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Etihad Stadium

29/10/11

3:30pm

Wolves Take Two

Manchester City prepare to take on Wolves... Again! With only a few days separating the two clashes, City will hope for a repeat of the thrilling 5-2 demolition that they served up courtesy of Adam Johnson, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko (2) and Luca Scapuzzi.

For what was a relatively inexperienced City side, the manner of the victory was frightening and with Roberto Mancini likely to field a far more dangerous side this time around, one can only wonder what the score line might be.

Ex-Blue and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will be desperate to turn things around and get his side out of their current slump. With pressure mounting, this is not a game that the no nonsense manager will relish.

On the other hand, this is the perfect game for Roberto Mancini to stamp his authority over the top of the table with another emphatic win. The Italian has seen his side race to the summit of the table with all the style and flair that one would expect from a City side of old.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini: AUDIO

Manchester City Team News:

Owen Hargreaves will need to wait to make his Premier League debut for City as his sits out on the sidelines with a slight knock.

With a Champions League trip to Villarreal on the horizon, Roberto Mancini will be looking to mix things up yet again. Whether or not this will affect the dynamics of the team remains to be seen.



Player to watch: David Silva

David Silva, or 'Merlin' as he is known to his team mates has set the league alight with his mercurial talents. His silky skills combined with outstanding spatial awareness have thrust the Spaniard onto the world stage.

If the World Cup winner can start to influence the game, Wolves will be in serious trouble.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News:

Wolves will have to cope without last season's top scorer Steven Fletcher yet again, while Ronald Zubar and Kevin Foley also miss out.

Mick may choose to give his players a chance of redemption by fielding the same side, but history suggests that changes will indeed be made to the starting line up.

Fletcher, last season's top scorer with 12 goals

Player to watch: Jamie O'Hara

Left out of the Wolves starting 11, as soon as the former Spurs man got on the pitch Mick McCarthy's men looked far more threatening.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

With confidence sky high and a home game to boot, I can only see goals for City and another crushing victory. This is the perfect time to kick into gear and set things up nicely for a tricky Champions League tie midweek. City 4-0 Wolves.

Next Fixtures:

Champions League - Away to Villarreal @ 19:45 on 02/11/11




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