Soccer tips: Man City vs Wolves – Citizens to prevail in battle of the entertainers

Manchester City will be hoping their return to the top of the Premier League table lasts more than a week when they host Wolves at the Etihad.

The Citizens tore through Watford last weekend and took full advantage of Chelsea's slip up against West Ham to replace them as league leaders.

Pep Guardiola's men will now be looking to build a cushion at the top, starting with a potentially tricky fixture against Wolves.

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, December 11, 12.30 GMT

Where: Etihad Stadium

How to watch: BT Sport

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Best bets for Man City vs Wolves

Man City to win and both teams to score at 21/10

Over 9.5 corners at 3/4

Bernardo Silva to score anytime at 13/8

Man City are without doubt one of the Premier League's best entertainers. Guardiola's men may not be topping the goalscoring charts but the way they go about their business is commendable.

Manchester City's coach Pep Guardiola gestures.

Another team which has produced a lot of sexy soccer this season are Wolves. Despite scoring the second lowest number of goals, Bruno Lage's men are eighth in the league when it comes to big chances created.

Since Lage's arrival at the club, Wolves have built a playing identity based on high-pressing and high energy - a strategy which has worked well for them in the opening five months of the campaign.

However, the one thing that is seriously lacking at Wolves is their ability to convert opportunities into goals.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Max Kilman celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium

It's that fundamental issue which forces us to side with the defending champions in the betting.

With the outright market providing little value, our opening selection is to back a home win and both teams to score at around the 21/10 mark.

Last three meetings

Man City 4-1 Wolves (Premier League - March 2, 2021)

Despite dominating, City had to wait until the final 10 minutes to ensure victory over Wolves in March.

Leander Dendoncker's own goal put the hosts ahead after just 15 minutes. However, Wolves battled back and levelled early in the second half.

The visitors held on until the 80th minute when Gabriel Jesus eventually found a breakthrough. Riyad Mahrez added a third before Jesus completed a 4-1 win.

Wolves 1-3 Man City (Premier League - September 21, 2020)

The last meeting between these sides at Molineux ended in defeat for the hosts.

Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden gave City a two-goal cushion in the opening half-hour before Raul Jimenez cut the deficit after the restart.

There was to be no late comeback though, as Jesus bagged City's third in stoppage time.

Wolves 3-2 Man City (Premier League - December 27, 2019)

Wolves' last victory over City came two years ago following a miraculous second-half comeback.

Despite going down to ten men in the opening 12 minutes, Guardiola's side took a 2-0 lead thanks to a Raheem Sterling brace.

That, however, wasn't enough as second-half goals from Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty completed a memorable win for the hosts.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Man City wins: 7

Draws: 1

Wolves wins: 2

Man City goals: 23

Wolves goals: 11

Attacking soccer means plenty of corner action

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage is interviewed after the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton.

Earlier, we praised Wolves for being among the top eight teams in the Premier League when it comes to creating big goalscoring opportunities.

Unsurprisingly, Man City are also high on that list. In fact, their haul of 36 big chances puts them second - 13 behind Liverpool and three ahead of Chelsea.

City's attacking nature tends to create a lot of action in the corners - their last four games have seen 10 or more corners taken.

Wolves, in contrast, have seen 10 or more corners in four of their last five Premier League outings.

With those stats in mind, we're backing the over 9.5 corners bet.

Goalscorer bets for Man City vs Wolves 

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford

In his last 57 games for Man City, Gabriel Jesus has only delivered 19 goals. However, since moving to the Premier League, one team which he rarely fails to net against are Wolves.

In six games against them, Jesus has bagged five goals - his second highest tally against a single club.

Another interesting stat is that Jesus has been the last goalscorer in the two most recent head-to-head encounters.

Considering the Brazil international is not fully fit, it may be the case that he only gets a few minutes off the bench this weekend. And that's being optimistic.

With that in mind, our selection is to back Bernardo Silva in the anytime goalscorer market. The Portugal star is enjoying a superb run of form and at around 13/8, he offers great value to get on the scoresheet.

Silva has scored five goals from his last five Premier League outings and is City's man of the moment.

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