Wolves vs Man City LIVE commentary: Diego Costa set to start as Erling Haaland eyes Premier League goal record to continue Citizens’ impressive away streak September 17, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Erling Haaland will have a Premier League record in his sights as Manchester City travel to face Wolves live on talkSPORT this weekend.
Norwegian sensation Haaland will become the first player ever to score in their first four away games in the competition if he finds the net.
And that could prove likely with Wolves enduring a miserable start to the season, having only won one game so far this campaign and are the league’s lowest scorers.
Bruno Lage’s side will be hoping to build on their first win of the season against Southampton last time out and make it back-to-back home victories.
They will have a tough task as they face Pep Guardiola’s team who haven’t lost in 21 consecutive away games and won 5-1 in this fixture in May.
Wolves vs Man City: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League tie will take place on Saturday, September 17.
Kick-off at Molineux will be at 12:30pm.
talkSPORT will be providing exclusive live commentary of the match with our coverage starting at 11:30pm.
Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host, with commentary coming from Sam Matterface and former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Andy Townsend.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Wolves vs Man City: Team news
Wolves’ new signing Diego Costa is expected to start on Saturday.
Sasa Kalajdzic has been ruled out for nine months after having surgery on his knee following an ACL injury.
Raul Jimenez has a groin issue and is also expected to be out for a few weeks, leaving Costa as the only fit natural striker in the squad.
Man City meanwhile are expected to be without Kyle Walker after he missed their midweek Champions League win over Dortmund.
John Stones may start at right back again whilst Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake will compete for the centre-back position, with Aymeric Laporte still likely to be absent.
Wolves vs Man City: What’s been said?
Wolves right-back Nelson Semedo is looking forward to playing against the Premier League champions.
He said: “It’s a good game against one of the best teams in the world. It’s the game you want to be involved in.
“We know that it will be very difficult but we’re playing at home with our fans. We want to try and play our football, we want to try and have the ball as much as we can.
“We know they will have more of the ball than us but we want to try and do the things we have been training.”
Wolves vs Man City: Match facts
- Daniel Podence has scored two of Wolves’ three Premier League goals this season, with no side having fewer different scorers than Wolves this term (2). In six games this season, Podence has already matched his Premier League goal tally from last season (2 in 26 games).
- Against no side has Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne scored more Premier League goals than he has against Wolves (5), with four of those strikes coming in a 5-1 win in this exact fixture last season.
- No side has scored fewer Premier League goals than Wolves so far this season (3), while they also have the worst shot conversion rate so far this term (4%). However, Bruno Lage’s side have conceded the fewest goals so far (4), conceding just 6% of their shots faced.
- Manchester City have the highest shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season (19.6%). The Citizens have also outperformed their expected goals more than any other side this term, netting 20 goals compared to an xG of 13.9 (+6.1).
- Wolves haven’t scored in the second half in any of their last seven Premier League games – it’s their longest such run in the competition, while the last team to have a longer streak were Southampton between October and December last season (8).
- Wolves earned their first win in 13 Premier League games against Southampton last time out, while they’re looking to win back-to-back home league games for the first time since November 2021.
- After losing both league meetings with Wolves in 2019-20, Manchester City have won each of their last four against them by an aggregate score of 13-3.
- Three of Wolves’ four Premier League victories over Manchester City have come in home games, beating them at Molineux in 2003-04, 2010-11 and 2019-20.