Manchester City v Wolves
Tuesday March 2, kick-off 20:00
Live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate
The Blumenthal of soccer continues to set the standard
How can you stop Heston Blumenthal? Response: just take their egg whisk away. Western Ham supervisor David Moyes is picking out some unforgettable quotes this year, and their contrast of Pep to Blumenthal in front of their fixture that is recent against league leaders was his best yet. Although the egg whisk one was mine.
The stats are frightening; they are top with 62 points and they will equal their longest run without defeat at 27 games if they do not lose on Tuesday against Wolves.
It’s useless attempting to second guess the group news and development with Guardiola, as he made seven modifications recently. Guardiola’s innovation that is latest and curveball has been to use Joao Cancelo as a full-back/midfielder but he was rested for the West Ham game. I remarked once that Pep will one day play a game without a goalkeeper that is recognised. It may not be too far away.
Santo’s switch to a back three is working
I previewed one of Wolves’ matches before Christmas, and unfortunately they just do not look the side that is same Raul Jiminez, who suffered that awful mind damage into the game against Arsenal back November.
Sitting in 12th nonetheless could possibly be considered satisfactory, but we thought at one phase, Nuno Esperito Santo’s group possibly seemed top six product.
Santo has switched things around, and my colleague Dan Fitch made a spot recently previewing the overall game against Newcastle that reverting to a back three to surrender a little bit of firepower has at the very least results that are steadied. They earned a point in the 1-1 with the Magpies and it was a Wolves sort that is classic of – maybe not an excessive amount of going forward but resilient and organised during the straight back.
Expect another back that is deep-lying and they’ll have to play on the counter.
With 20 wins that are straight all competitions for the Citizens, the task looks impossible. City haven’t dropped a point since 15th December, and their defeat that is last was Spurs back November. Certainly, commenting in the run that is recent Guardiola said it was one of the “greatest achievements of our careers”. That was the Spaniard’s 200th win from 273 matches.
Putting up a 1.21/5 bet is probably not anyone’s idea of excitement, and although I am slightly defensive in terms of going for some daring handicap bets as Wolves are a decent outfit against “Big Six” teams and are sure to try and keep this as tight as possible – something their back three has been doing of late while I am just about operating level on the P & L, I will shun the temptation of putting up a 20 point win!
There are other avenues to explore of course. The Half-Time market is certainly one to consider, as City are very an attractive*)1.62( that are – if those sort of prices excite you. Backing the draw at the break is 2.6213/8, which isn’t quite enough of a price to get me in. I wanted around 3.02/1
or more. If you are having a look at the To Score or First Time Goalscorer
markets, City are not the easiest. Where as Manchester United have Bruno Fernandes (Fernanch on Fifa 21), and Harry Kane (Kane on Fifa 21), City have had 19 individual that is different this year and two of the defenders popped up because of the two objectives into the current 2-1 triumph against western Ham. One guy in tremendous kind is Ilkay Gundogan – that has struck 14 to date in what exactly is perhaps the greatest run of their job. He bagged two against Tottenham and a brace against Liverpool. They can be utilized into the game that is same with City to win and To Score Anytime which pays 2.3411/8
on the double. The last time City failed to score in a game was in the EFL Cup back in January, and their CV this season reads nine successes winning by one goal, but two goals or more a huge 25. And that influences the the Under 2.5 price for this which can be backed at 2.3211/8
, as I can envisage a 1-0 or sort that is 2-0 of. (*)