There is actually half a season in the English Premier League behind. And it’s clear that here the championship intrigue boils down to Manchester City’s unusual pursuit of Arsenal. In this respect, the ‘citizens’ absolutely cannot lose points against Wolverhampton on Sunday – but will Guardiola manage Lopetegui with ease? The website’s journalists have developed their own version of the prediction for the match on January 22, 2023.

Manchester City are not particularly good at catching up

The “citizens”, that was the impression, fell asleep. In a way, their mentality can be explained. And so by far the strongest team in England won the Netherlands in the summer, and they also scored goals even more actively than expected. Well, what was the doubt that perpetual underdogs Arsenal would eventually be overtaken “by a distance”? But even after the break, Pep Guardiola’s men over the winter only increased the backlog. They failed to win against weak Everton and lost in the derby to Manchester United, although they opened the scoring on both occasions. In addition, the favorite in the quarter-finals of the League Cup was badly knocked out playing in the Southampton championship. Moreover, Tottenham were allowed to score two goals in the first half. But then they managed to win 4-2.

Wolverhampton clearly do not see their situation as hopeless

“Wolves” “celebrated” Christmas last. After a relatively good last season, the new season started poorly, and the sacking of Bruno Lage, coupled with Lopetegui’s lengthy urgings to take his place, made things shake. Furthermore, Yulen, who arrived in November, had only beaten Leeds in the League Cup, losing out in the Championship. But the Spaniard coped perfectly with the prolonged break. Immediately after leaving the pause, it turned out that in a strong style he defeated the direct rival, Everton. Wolves then shared the points with Aston Villa and took the maximum with fellow opponents West Ham. They also collided heads in the cup: they had to beat Liverpool at Anfield. But then they lost 0-1 at home this week.

Previous matches

Recently, the struggle has not been successful: Manchester City won 5 times in a row against Wolverhampton. Including crushing it 3-0 at Molineux in September.

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Match prediction

City are the clear favourites, but there may be problems confirming that. Let’s stop at “over 3.0 goals” (odds – 1.75).

Manchester City Wolverhampton free match prediction on January 22:

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