Manchester City v Wolves match preview

Manchester City v Wolves: match preview

Manchester City are targeting a sixth Premier League win in a row, and in Wolves welcome opponents who last beat them in the league 11 years ago.

Factor in City’s haul of 35 points from 15 games, with 32 scored against nine conceded, compared with the visitors’ 21 points from the same number of matches, with 12 goals for and 13 against, and a comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s men seems the most likely outcome.

While City will start as red-hot favourites it is worth remembering that Crystal Palace handed them a 2-0 lesson at the Etihad in October, proving that even the champions are vulnerable to an upset. Jamie Jackson

Saturday 12.30pm

Venue Etihad Stadium

Last season Manchester City 4 Wolves 1

Referee Jon Moss

This season G9 Y16 R2 2 cards/game

Odds H 2-11 A 20-1 D 7-1

MANCHESTER CITY

Subs from Steffen, Carson, Palmer, Fernandinho, Jesus, Aké, Mbete,
Zincehnko, Delap, Mahrez, Laporte, Foden, Egan-Riley, Wilson-Ebrand, Lavia,
McAtee

Doubtful Foden (ankle), Delap (ankle), Jesus (match fitness), Aké (back), Laporte (match fitness)

Injured Torres (metatarsal, 1-2 months)

Suspended Mendy (indefinitely)

Discipline Y21 R1

Form LWWWWW

Leading scorer Silva 7

WOLVES

Subs from Ruddy, Hoever, Marçal, Boly, Cundle, Dendoncker, Traoré, Silva,
Podence

Doubtful None

Injured Mosquera (hamstring, 2-3 months), Jonny (knee, 2-3 months), Neto (knee, 1 month)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R0

Form WLWDDL

Leading scorer Hwang 4

Liverpool v Aston Villa: match preview

Steven Gerrard’s Anfield return has dominated the buildup, with the Liverpool legend making his first competitive appearance at the ground since leaving in 2015.

However, emotions will be quickly parked – for both the Aston Villa manager and his opposite number, Jürgen Klopp – as the business of claiming vital points takes priority.

The visitors have won three of the four matches under their new manager while Liverpool can equal a club record of scoring in 31 successive games, set as a Division Two side between April 1957 and January 1958, should they find the target again. A home win would take Klopp over the 500-points mark as a Premier League manager. Andy Hunter

Saturday 3pm

Venue Anfield

Last season Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 1

Referee Stuart Attwell

This season G9 Y29 R0 3.22 cards/game

Odds H 3-11 A 12-1 D 6-1

LIVERPOOL

Subs from Kelleher, Pitaluga, N Williams, Gomez, Konaté, Tsimikas,
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Morton, Keïta, Minamino, Jota

Doubtful Jota (muscle)

Injured Phillips (fractured cheekbone, 3-4 weeks), Adrián (calf, unknown), Firmino
(hamstring, 1-2 weeks), Jones (eye, unknown), Elliott (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y19 R0

Form DLWWWW

Leading scorer Salah 13

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Steer, Archer, El Ghazi, Hause, Bogarde, Tuanzebe, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Sanson, Ings, Young

Doubtful Sanson (illness), Ings (hamstring)

Injured Traore (thigh, 3 weeks), Bailey (thigh, 3 weeks), Trezeguet (knee, 1 week)

Suspended None

Discipline Y32 R1

Form LLWWLW

Leading scorer Watkins 4

Norwich v Manchester United: match preview

Ralf Rangnick has made a positive start at Manchester United and things could look a lot better by the end of 2021. A trip to Norwich is followed by matches against Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley.

Dean Smith’s honeymoon at Carrow Road came to an abrupt end last weekend in the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham and Norwich’s upcoming fixtures do not look quite so friendly with the visit of United followed games against West Ham and Arsenal over the festive period.

Smith could also be without up to four players against United due to Covid and unspecified injuries. Stephen Hollis

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Carrow Road

Last season n/a

Referee Darren England

This season G5 Y29 R1 6 cards/game

Odds H 33-5 A 1-2 D 4-1

NORWICH

Subs from Gunn, Dowell, Tzolis, Sørensen, Idah, Placheta, Dowell, Omobamidele, Rupp, Cantwell

Doubtful None

Injured Normann (pelvis, 1 week), Rashica (groin, 4 weeks), Zimmermann (ankle, unknown), Williams (ineligible)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R1

Form LWWDDL

Leading scorer Pukki 5

MANCHESTER UNITED

Subs from Heaton, Henderson, Shoretire, Matic, Mata, Hannibal, Mengi,
Lingard, Elanga, Jones, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Rashford, Van de
Beek, Bailly

Doubtful Matic (hamstring), Wan-Bissaka (match fitness)

Injured Cavani (tendon, 1 week), Varane (hamstring, 1 week), Pogba (thigh, 3 months), Martial (knee, 1 week)

Suspended None

Discipline Y35 R2

Form WLLDWW

Leading scorer Ronaldo 6

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