Wolves suffered late heartbreak against Liverpool last time out and now face a trip to table-toppers and reigning champions Manchester City.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted the result for his BBC column and despite acknowledging that Wolves don’t give much away, he has gone bold with his prediction.

He thinks Bruno Lage’s side are in for a thrashing at the Etihad Stadium despite an impressive defensive record so far this season.


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Lawrenson’s prediction

“Manchester City were able to rest a few players against RB Leipzig on Tuesday because they were already through to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners.

“So, I don’t think that defeat or poor performance will stop the momentum City have been building in the past few weeks with a run of five successive Premier League wins that has taken them to the top of the table.

“Wolves don’t give much away but they can’t score either – they’ve only managed to find the net once in their past five games. I can’t see them troubling City too much. Lawro’s prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Wolves.”

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Every Wolves fan knows this is a tough assignment but a 4-0 defeat feels like an unnecessarily harsh prediction from Lawrenson.

His fellow pundit Paul Merson has gone for a 2-0 defeat. That is not a result any Wolves fan would be happy with but it is a fairer reflection of Wolves’ defensive record so far this term.

Wolves were desperately unlucky not to get a share of the spoils against Jurgen Klopp’s side last time out, and need to keep it tight for as long as possible here.

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