Man City v Wolves

Last updated : 14 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Wolves are boosted by the return of captain Karl Henry and defenders Jody Craddock and Steve Mouyokolo.

Dave Edwards is unlikely to feature after tweaking a hamstring against Doncaster and George Elokobi begins a three-match ban.

Man City

Injured: Balotelli (knee), Richards (back)


Suspended: Elokobi (three matches) Doubtful: Edwards (hamstring)

Injured: Guedioura (broken leg), Kightly & Mancienne (both knee)


Title-chasing Manchester City host fourth-from-bottom Wolves in a game which on paper should prove to be a straightforward victory that propels the world's richest club to the top of the table.

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Man City boss Roberto Mancini

But in this season of shocks and surprises no result is guaranteed, and as City boss Roberto Mancini said this week: "In football in 2011, you can't meet any easy team".

With Wolves having already beaten City this season, and coming fresh off the back of victories against Liverpool and Chelsea, Mancini is right to have his guard up.

Only City themselves and rivals Manchester United have picked up more league victories than Wolves in their last seven matches, and it has helped Mick McCarthy's side to clamber out of the relegation places.

But they will have their work cut out if they are going to get a result at Eastlands, given that City can unleash giant striker Edin Dzeko. They hope he will be the final piece of their title-winning jigsaw and he certainly arrives with a fearsome goalscoring pedigree, having been prolific during his time with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.



• There have been five previous Premier League meetings between these two sides. Both teams have been victorious on two occasions, with the other match finishing as a draw.

• If Wolves did win, it would be their first double over Manchester City in the top flight since the 1960/61 season.

• This will be the 113th meeting between the sides. Wolves have won 46 times, Manchester City 42 and there have been 24 draws.

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Man City

• Manchester City are on a run of three clean sheets in the league and have kept 11 in total this season - the equal-most in the division with Sunderland. They have conceded just 16 goals in 22 matches.

• City have committed 297 fouls this season, more than any other team in the league.

• Man City have won more penalties (six) than any other team in the top flight this season.

• City's new signing Edin Dzeko scored 25 Bundesliga goals in 2010 - more than any other player in the division. He had scored 10 goals in 17 league matches for Wolfsburg this season.


• Wolves have lost more matches (12) this season than any other club in the Premier League.

• They have picked up four points and scored just six goals away from home, which are both the lowest totals in the top flight.

• Having failed to keep a clean sheet in their first 16 matches this season, Wolves have kept three in their last five games.

• They have scored just two first-half goals in their last 11 matches.


Man City

Tevez: 12 goals (12 league); Balotelli: 8 goals (5 league)


Fletcher: 5 goals (4 league); Ebanks-Blake: 4 goals (4 league)


Referee: Lee Mason

Assistant referees: Peter Kirkup & Andy Halliday

Fourth official: Russell Booth


Man City (D0-0 v Arsenal, a): Hart, Richards, Kompany, Toure, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Milner, Tevez (Boateng 90), Jo (Adam Johnson 64). Subs not used: Given, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Lescott, Vieira.

Wolves (W1-0 v Chelsea, h): Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Jarvis, Foley, Edwards, Hunt, Fletcher (Ebanks-Blake 69), Doyle (Ward 70), Ebanks-Blake (Milijas 82). Subs not used: Hahnemann, David Jones, Batth, Doherty.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport