EPL game of the week: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester City

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December 26th, 2019

The English Premier League match of the week takes place on Friday, December 27, when Wolves take on Manchester City. Wolverhampton is looking to creep into Champions League positioning, while the Citizens need to somehow gain ground on Liverpool to try and make it a race for the title.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester City, 2:45 p.m. ET

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Jiménez has paced Wolverhampton

Wolves have been successful this year based in no small part on the play of Raúl Jiménez, who leads the team in goals and has paced the team’s offensive attack. Rúben Neves and Diogo Jota have also done well on the offensive end.
Wolves will need to be sound on defense if they want to shock the Citizens. Rui Patrício will be the man between the posts, but he will require top-level performances from Matt Doherty, Conor Coady and Jonny if they want to grab all three points. They have the talent to frustrate Man City.

Man City's offense has been potent

Manchester City is coming off a tough win against Leicester City, but wins are essential if it wants to keep pace with Liverpool. Kevin De Bruyne has been stellar the past few weeks, as has Riyad Mahrez. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero lead the team in goals, and the offense has been potent at times.

The Citizens need to maintain their presence in the middle. Ederson has been very reliable in goal, but the defense has been just OK. They’ve allowed two or more goals in three of their past seven games, and in that period they only have one clean sheet. An increased focus on the defensive end will be key to their chances.

Prediction: Manchester City wins 2-1 (+850)

The Citizens has had a few instances the past month, where they fell behind in a match and had to play catch up. Expect that to happen courtesy of a Jiménez goal (+300). Eventually the Citizens will recover to win, thanks to goals by Sterling (+140) and Fernandinho (+900), and Man City will keep pace with Liverpool.

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