Man City got their 2020/21 Premier League campaign off to a decent start by beating Wolves 3-1 at Molineux on Monday night.
Man City get their 2020/21 campaign off to a good start with victory over Wolves
First half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden capped a dominate opening 45 minutes from City. And in truth, that was where the game was won.
Wolves came back strongly in the second half, but they were unable to repeat last season’s heroics, when they overturned a 2-0 deficit, to run out 3-2 winners.
A solid start to 2020/21 for Man City
As I already alluded too, Wolves came back strongly in the second half.
Was this Man City running out of steam? Or was it simply a case that as the home side, Wolves were always going to have a strong period?
As good as City were in the first half, it’s almost impossible to maintain that for 90 minutes.
Yes, Pep may well look for to see where City can improve, as all good managers strive to, but the reality is that this was an away game at Wolves, not a non league team.
All-in-all, it looks a good solid 3 points for City.
Looking at the latest Premier League betting, and City are still the odds on favourites to win the title.
They are 5/6 with most of the bookmakers found on our free bets page.
Wolves can be backed at 250/1 to win the Premier League, and are 17/2 for a Top 4 Finish.
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Wolves can take heart despite the defeat
From the perspective of Wolves and Nuno Espírito Santo, it was a disappointing defeat, but there are also plenty of positives to take from the match.
Striker Raul Jimenez took his goal excellently, and looks as razor sharp as he did last season.
Although some Wolves fans may wish he had waited until the transfer window closes before he started banging them in like that again.
There have already been some high profile departures from Molineux, this summer transfer window, and as it stands, they don’t seem to have negatively impacted on the team.
But Wolves can take heart from how they’ve performed without them.
Where do Wolves go from here though, and what are their ambitions for this coming season? That is the big question.
Wolves aren’t going to win the Premier League, and they’re highly unlikely to be involved in a relegation battle.
So what exactly are they going to play for? They have an outside chance of going for 4th place, but a more realistic ambition maybe to qualify for next season’s Europa League, and target the cup competitions.
What Wolves certainly won’t want to see this season is the team stagnating. That could lead to all sorts of issues when it comes to hanging onto the likes of Jimenez, Adama Traore, and even the manager.