August 18, 2022

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1.02pm GMT 13:02 32 min Neves is sitting up now. It looks like both players...

1.02pm GMT

32 min Neves is sitting up now. It looks like both players want to continue, though I’m sure they’ll be given concussion tests first.

1.01pm GMT

31 min Bruno Lage takes the opportunity to give Jimenez and Traore some detailed instructions. It pains me to say it, but I fear the days when tactical instructions amounted to “go and cause some bollocks, Billy” might be numbered.

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1.00pm GMT

30 min Kilman is having his head bandaged. Neves is still lying on his back, though he is conscious.

12.59pm GMT

29 min There’s a nasty clash of heads between Kilman and Neves, who were both concentrating only on the ball. Kilman has some blood running down his face; Neves is still on his back receiving treatment.

12.57pm GMT

28 min Grealish is challenged well by Neves, with the ball going behind for a corner. Gunodgan clips it in and Jose Sa punches clear.

12.56pm GMT

26 min Wolves haven’t been able to get Traore in the game. I can remember only one attack, that promising break in the sixth minute, when he has been on the ball for more than a couple of seconds.

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12.55pm GMT

24 min Another bit of Cancelo culture, a lovely flip over the top that almost puts Sterling through on goal. Jose Sa comes off his line to clear the danger.

12.54pm GMT

23 min Jimenez is fouled on the left wing, 40 yards from goal. Ait-Nouri’s outswinging free-kick is headed well wide by Jimenez on the edge of the area. I’m no xG hero but I can tell you that wasn’t much of a chance.

12.52pm GMT

22 min Make that two saves: Cancelo cuts across a drive from 25 yards that is well held by Jose Sa.

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21 min City have been totally dominant, though Jose Sa has only had one save to make, and it was an easy one.

12.50pm GMT

19 min Jesus robs Neves right on the edge of the Wolves area. Having done so he should square the ball to Bernardo Silva, but delays for a split second and is tackled by Kilman. City wantd a penalty; Jon Moss isn’t interested.

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12.45pm GMT

15 min We’re having some technical problems, I’m afraid, though you haven’t missed anything of note.

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12.41pm GMT

11 min Grealish and Jesus have swapped places. I suspect that’ll happen a few times this afternoon, and I’ll almost certainly fail to inform you every time it does.

12.40pm GMT

10 min Cancelo fires a pass into Bernardo Silva on the edge of the area. He shuffles inside, onto his left foot, and hits a rising drive just past the far post. Another good effort, though not one about which Jose Sa looked particularly worried.

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12.37pm GMT

7 min Cancelo, 30 yards out, whistles a rising drive just over the bar. Jose Sa was comfortable that it was off target, but it was still a decent effort.

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12.36pm GMT

6 min Now they do cross the halfway line, but a promising attack ends with Neves’s cross dribbles through to Ederson.

12.35pm GMT

6 min I’m not sure Wolves have crossed the halfway line since the kick off

Dendoncker of Wolves saviours some rare possession Photograph: Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves/Getty Images

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12.34pm GMT

5 min Gunodgan’s corner is poor and doesn’t beat the front man.

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4 min Cancelo wins a corner for City, who have started with intent.

12.33pm GMT

2 min An early half chance for City. Cancelo curls a nice pass into Sterling, who gets the wrong side of Saiss but can only force a shot straight at Jose Sa. I think Sterling was half expecting to be tripped from behind as Saiss was right up against him.

12.31pm GMT

2 min City have started with Raheem Sterling on the right, Gabriel Jesus on the left and Jack Grealish as the false nine.

12.30pm GMT

1 min Peep peep! Wolves, in their black change strip, kick off from right to let. City are in sky blue.

Wanderers fans look on during match. Photograph: Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves/Getty Images

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City manager Pep Guardiola gestures from the off. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/AFP/Getty Images

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12.26pm GMT

Here come the players, most of them hiding under tracksuit tops. December in Manchester.

12.22pm GMT

“A sterling attempt to create some sense of parity between these two teams, Rob,” says Dean Kinsella. “But there are three players on the City bench in De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez who would likely be the best player at 90 per cent of the other Premiership clubs.”
I make it 89.47368421 per cent, which is coincidentally the amount of possession City are going to have in the first 10 minutes.

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12.20pm GMT

Pep speaks!
“We expect a tough game, as it always is against Wolves. [Is Kyle Walker on the naughty step after his red card against Leipzig?] No, it’s the way we want to attack. We have many alternatives – sometimes we decide to pick one player ahead of another. It’s never because we don’t like them, nothing like that, it’s just the team we have picked for today.”

12.02pm GMT

Raheem Sterling: 99 not out

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“Against Watford I shot more than I ever have before, trying to get to 100.”
“I’m trying to become the highest-scoring English player in the #UCL, I’m not going to hide it.”
Fast approaching a century of Premier League goals, @sterling7 is aiming high on and off the pitch

December 11, 2021

12.00pm GMT

Bruno Lage speaks!
“I want the players to be confident when we have the ball. City are very patient, which is why I chose an extra midfielder. But they can give you space as well, and when we have space I want us to play our game.”

11.52am GMT

The inescapable futility of existence (Premier League edition)

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11.37am GMT
Team news

City make two changes from their last league game – Oleksandr Zinchenko for Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus for Phil Foden. It looks like an extra man in midfield for Wolves, with Joao Moutinho replacing Hwang Hee-Chan.
Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri; Bernardo, Gundogan; Jesus, Grealish, Sterling.Substitutes: Steffen, Walker, Ake, Stones, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, Mahrez.
Wolverhampton Wanders (5-3-2) Jose Sa; Semedo, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Ait-Nouri; Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho; Traore, Jimenez. Substitutes: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Boly, Podence, Cundle, Trincao, Fabio Silva, Hwang.
Referee Jonathan Moss.

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11.30am GMT

Styles make fights. Wolves aren’t quite the rock to Manchester City’s scissors, but they are dangerous opponents for a Pep Guardiola team. The reasons for that are pretty simple: streetwise defending (only the top three have conceded fewer goals this season), the guile of Raul Jimenez and, most of all, the spasmodic unplayability of Adama Traore.
Traore produced two of the best performances of his career when Wolves did the double over City in 2019-20. Even last season, when City beat Wolves 3-1 and 4-1, they had to work pretty hard. The first of those games was 2-1 after 90 minutes; the second was 1-1 after 79.
I realise I might be reaching, trying to convince myself this won’t be another routine home win for City, full of longeurs in which we – and the Wolves players – ruminate on the inescapable futility of existence. City are starting to look ominous, and they went top for the first time this season when they beat Watford last weekend. But if you look a bit closer, their home form in the league has been relatively poor. Since starting the season with back-to-back eviscerations of Norwich and Arsenal, their results at the Etihad have been 0-0, 2-0, 0-2, 3-0, 2-1. Ten points in five games: Pep out.
Wolves are in eighth place, the best of the Small 14 apart from West Ham, but their form isn’t great either. They’ve scored only once in their last five games, in a 1-0 win over the aforementioned Hammers, and suffered a distressing last-gasp defeat to Liverpool last week.
In short, nobody knows anything, but we’re about to find out.
Kick off 12.30pm.

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