With Wolves finally picking up their first win in the Premier League (PL) earlier this month (W1, D3, L2), there is renewed hope that Bruno Lage’s men can finally move towards the European qualification places. However, the fact that they scored the fewest goals in the league during the week dampens those hopes, as does the fact that they have just one win in six home games. But a change is in the works, and the arrival of two-time gold medalist Diego Costa is expected to strengthen the squad, with Costa himself stating, “Situation has lit a fire in me.” During his time at Chelsea FC, he suffered only three defeats in 45 games, scoring 18 goals in one game.
Manchester City’s Champions League success against Dortmund in midweek comes just four months after a commanding 5-1 win at Molineux. In that win, Kevin De Bruyne became the second City player (after Edin Džeko in August 2011) to score four goals in an away game and proved crucial in last season’s title race.
This is part of City’s incredible run of 21 unbeaten away games. Another win would give them the fourth longest streak in the top flight, ahead of Nottingham Forest (November 1977-December 1978) and Liverpool (January 2019-February 2020). They have also lost only once since the start of 2020, after scoring the first goal away from home.
Players to watch: Adama Traoré has scored in both of Wolves’ league wins over City in the past decade. But after haunting his ex- club Dortmund with a match-winner in midweek, City boy Erling Haaland is still the main attraction. He is now looking to become the first player to score his first three hat-tricks in the same season.
Hot stat: Wolves have won five of the Premier League home games in 2022 in which they scored first.
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