A 3-1 victory away to Watford last weekend took Manchester City to the top of the Premier League table as Chelsea dropped points at West Ham United. It had been a slow start to the new campaign for the defending champions but they are back at the summit and looking strong going into the festive fixtures.
On Saturday, EPL odds-on title favourites Man City host Wolves in the 12.30pm early kick-off game. Their opponents went down to a late winner at home to Liverpool last time out and currently sit in eighth place in the table. The match odds suggest that this could be a straightforward 90 minutes for Pep Guardiola’s men but, at the very least, there should be some interesting prices in the side markets. Let’s crack on with this Premier League game preview and see where the value lies for our betting tips.
MCFC vs WWFC Match Odds
If you are looking to get behind Manchester City, general odds of 1/7 for the win suggest that there is very little point. Completing the result betting is the draw at 13/2 while victory for Wolves is way out at 18/1.
Man City’s Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig in midweek suggests that there might be hope of an upset but there were a number of changes to the regular starting XI. The team also went down to ten men as Kyle Walker saw red.
In the Premier League, Man City have taken 15 points from their last six matches and that’s the best record of any side in the division. As for Wolves, they have claimed eight points over the same period. It is difficult to argue with the match betting so let’s move on and look for some better odds elsewhere.
Manchester City’s goals have been shared around this season: Having lost Sergio Aguero while missing out on Harry Kane, all attacking players have had to take responsibility in this campaign.
Riyad Mahrez is the leading scorer in the league with nine goals and the former Leicester City man can be backed at 5/1 to find the net first. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling can also be found at 5/1 in the first goalscorer betting while Phil Foden starts as favourite at 4/1.
The first player from within the Wolves’ dressing room is striker Raul Jimenez, who is out at 14/1. As for some value from midfield, it is back to Manchester City where Ilkay Gundogan is quoted at best odds of 7/1. The German international has just three goals in 17 games this season but his overall ratio while at Man City is much better and he may well be due.
Elsewhere, it’s not often that you’ll see odds as long as 6/4 for Both Teams to Score. Clearly the elite UK bookmakers are expecting City to complete a clean sheet but that could be worth exploring. Wolves drew a blank in their home defeat to Liverpool last time out and they have scored just 12 times in 15 league games so far this season.
Perhaps it’s a day to move on from BTTS and consider Total Goals as an alternative. Here, a stake Above the 2.5 line will attract best odds of just 4/7 but, if we go one step further to Over 3.5, we push above the even money line with a top industry price of 7/5.
Some Correct Score suggestions round things off and, if you agree with the bookies and are expecting an emphatic home win, a 3-1 scoreline in favour of Manchester City is on offer at an average of around 11/1. A high scoring draw and a 2-2 final score is listed at 40/1 while that same 40/1 is available if you feel that Wolves can sneak a 2-1 victory.
Our Preview’s MCFC vs WWFC Betting Tips Verdict
At first glance this may have looked like a game where an upset could be on the cards. Wolves have been difficult to beat since they returned to the top flight and, in the 2019/20 season, they did the double over Manchester City, beating them both home and away.
Wolves are in a respectable position in the league right now but the team hasn’t looked quite as dangerous since the departure of former manager Nuno Espirito Santo. City have the form and momentum and it’s difficult to see beyond a home win.
There are, however, some decent prices in the side markets. Odds of 6/4 on Both Teams to Score are rare but, with Wolves struggling in front of the target, this preview will look elsewhere. The alternative is Over 3.5 goals which looks generous at 7/5 and doesn’t necessarily require the away team to contribute.
We’re also looking for one of those goals to come from Ilkay Gundogan. The midfielder has been relatively subdued throughout this season but he’s enjoyed a good overall scoring record since arriving at the Etihad in 2016 and this is the type of game where he can rediscover his touch. So these are our betting tips: