While it could be argued that both of these sides have everything to play for, it is certainly difficult to make such a statement considering Wolves’ lowly position. Practically everyone at Molineux has given up hope of Wanderers surviving and should they fail to beat their big spending opponents on Sunday, their relegation will be mathematically confirmed. It’s not as though Manchester City will be handing out any favours either as despite what their manager Roberto Martinez says, City are still in the title race and victory here will set them up very well for the Manchester derby next week.
Every week we bemoan the position that Wolves find themselves in and state that it really is their own fault. Having dispensed of the services of Mick McCarthy, the Molineux outfit had no other plan and his replacement Terry Connor has clearly not been up to the task. Under Connor’s rein, a period that spells nine games, Wolves have taken just two points and this means that they are frighteningly adrift at the bottom of the league following an accumulation of twenty three points. Their supporters must be dreading the prospect of another home game as well, with Connor’s side on a dreadful run of form at Molineux that has seen them lose their last nine games there.
Even though Roberto Martinez has publically stated that the title race is over, he surely must still have belief in his squad considering the fact they still have to play Manchester United, in a fixture that takes place next week. Admittedly, by the time City take to the field on Sunday, the gap could have stretched to as many as eight points with United playing slightly earlier than their bitter rivals. Following some poor form just several weeks ago, City are at least seeing an improvement in results and approach this game having scored ten goals in their last two games, after thrashing West Brom and Norwich 4-0 and 6-1 respectively. Their supporters will now be hoping that such results provide them with the impetus to finish the campaign strongly and push United to the wire.
Following the news that Wayne Hennessey has been ruled out for the considerable future due to a serious knee injury, Wolves are preparing to hand a start to Dorus de Vries who has yet to make an appearance for the club following his summer move. Terry Connor will at least be able to call upon Sebastien Bassong though, with the former Newcastle defender back in contention having completed a suspension. Manchester City on the other hand have very little to report, although the Etihad Stadium outfit will still be without Mario Balotelli as he continues to serve a ban.
As for a prediction, we are going for the obvious. Wolves have been dreadful throughout the whole campaign and with Manchester City approaching the clash following such positive results, our tip is going to be a 3-0 win for Mancini’s men.