Get ready for a thrilling match between mighty Man City and super-fast Wolves. City are the Premier League champions and one of the best teams around. Their world-class players like Haaland and Silva can tear apart any defense.

This is a true David vs Goliath clash! Wolves will try to defend resiliently and look to counterattack. But City's passing and movement is so slick. Can the underdog visitors hang around or will City put on a show?

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

The match will take place on Saturday, 30th September, 2023, at Molineux Stadium.

City Overpower Forest Despite Rodri Red Card

Manchester City brushed aside Nottingham Forest 2-0 despite playing over 45 minutes with 10 men after Rodri's red card. Goals from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland secured the points for Pep Guardiola's side, who dominated from start to finish at the Etihad.

City Cruise Before Chaos Ensues

For 35 minutes, City produced trademark slick passing and movement to slice through Forest at will in a one-sided affair. But Rodri's rush of blood after the break disrupted City's rhythm.

Forest No Match Early On

The gulf in class was evident as City toyed with Forest in the opening stages. Guardiola's men boasted nearly 90% possession at one point against a deep-lying Forest block.

Relentless Pressure

Forest chased shadows and barely touched the ball as City patiently probed before clinically punishing loose passing from the visitors. Foden's opener came after a mesmerizing 46-pass move.

Haaland Header Too Easy

Despite three center backs, Forest somehow left Haaland completely unmarked to double City's lead before halftime. Handing the Norwegian a free header summed up their defensive disarray.

Rodri Sees Red

The game turned on its head when Rodri was sent off seconds after the restart for grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White round the throat. The decision disrupted City's rhythm and destabilized the game.

Guardiola Rages at Referee

Incensed at Rodri's dismissal, Guardiola was booked for remonstrating with Anthony Taylor over perceived double standards. The red card clearly affected both manager and players.

Keeping Cool Heads

Despite Rodri's rush of blood, City remained composed with 10 men. They managed the game intelligently to nullify Forest's belated pressure and protect their lead.

Squad Depth Shines Through

Guardiola was able to change things up despite being a man down, bringing on defensive solidity in Ake and Phillips to see things out. City's strength in depth was evident.

Wolves' Indiscipline Proves Costly Against Luton's Spirited Challenge

Wolves manager Gary O'Neil was left to rue his side's lack of discipline and game management as they squandered a lead to draw 1-1 away to Luton Town. Pedro Neto's stunning goal looked set to earn a win before slack defending allowed the resilient hosts to battle back and claim a deserved point.

Shaky Start Nearly Punished

Despite starting as favorites against the Premier League new boys, Wolves were caught cold by Luton's high intensity pressing in the opening stages. 

The Hatters swarmed all over Wolves, who struggled to gain any control or retain possession. Wolves were nearly made to pay when a series of dangerous Luton crosses caused chaos in the box. 

Carlton Morris was denied by the bar, while Ogbene later thought he had scored after more slack marking at a set piece. Wolves looked vulnerable every time Luton attacked with numbers.

Red Card Changes Complexion

Just as Luton were piling on pressure, the game swung in Wolves' favor through an act of folly from Jean-Ricner Bellegarde. His petulant kick out at Tom Lockyer when tangled up was an inevitable straight red card.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Wolves now had the opportunity to sit deep and soak up Luton's attacks. The dismissal also blunted Luton's momentum and energetic press with the interval approaching.

Neto Magic From Nowhere

When Wolves astonishingly took the lead on the hour mark after being largely outplayed, it felt like a hammer blow for Luton's hopes. Pedro Neto superbly cut inside and powered an unstoppable strike into the top corner to silence most of Kenilworth Road.

The brilliant solo goal was out of keeping with the general flow of the game up to that point. But Neto's individual brilliance looked set to earn Wolves a smash-and-grab victory despite their poor overall performance.

Advantage Squandered Through Lax Defending

Having taken a shock lead against the run of play, Wolves should have seen out the win by sitting deep and keeping things tight at the back. But slack defending from set pieces cost them two precious points.

Luton's equalizer came from a contentious penalty after Joao Moutinho was adjudged to have handled a free kick delivery into the box. But questions will be asked about how Moutinho was left unmarked from the cross.

The lack of focus was symptomatic of a defensive display lacking leadership, organization and composure. Despite having an extra man, Wolves failed to manage the game state effectively.

Missed Opportunity

This trip to Kenilworth Road represented a good opportunity for Wolves to register successive Premier League wins and climb the table. But O'Neil will be frustrated that poor discipline cost his side all three points from a dominant position.

Eliminating needless fouls and concentration lapses must be priorities if Wolves are to gain consistency and fulfill their potential. The talent is there, but increased maturity is required.

Predicted Lineups

Wolves: José Sá, Rayan Aït-Nouri, Max Kilman, Toti Gomes, Nélson Semedo, João Gomes, João Moutinho, Mario Lemina, Daniel Podence, Matheus Cunha, Pedro Neto

Manchester City: Ederson, Josko Gvardiol, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Rodri, John Stones, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Bernardo Silva, Erling Haaland

Key Battles

  • Pedro Neto vs Ruben Dias

Wolve's Pedro Neto clashes with City's star defender Ruben Dias. Awoniyo's physicality versus Dias' skill and strength will be crucial.

  • Max Kilman vs Bernando Silva

In defense, Wolves captain Max Kilman tussles with City magician Bernando Silva. Yates must stop Silva from pulling the strings.


This match sees City’s free-flowing football against Wolves’ more attacking approach. If Wolves get off to a fast start, they could overwhelm the champions.

But it is highly unlikely against City, their extra individual brilliance could turn the tide. With both teams filled with a lot of talents on display, this should be a cracker!