Paul Merson has predicted the outcome of Wolves’ weekend clash with Manchester City for Sportskeeda.
Wolves go into the game on the back of three matches without scoring and a late, heartbreaking defeat at home to Liverpool.
Merson says it is a tough game for Bruno Lage and his side and has said he expects Wolves to get beaten here.
“I don’t see Wolves scoring a single goal against Manchester City. They can hold on for quite a bit and have been tight at the back, but they just aren’t able to find the back of the net.
“I thought Wolves did very well against Liverpool last week, but they’ve got to take their chances when they push forward. Bernardo Silva is at the top of his game and is doing very well for himself.
“Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, and Kevin De Bruyne have been untouchable in the team in the past – now, Bernardo is the talisman. Pep Guardiola has been pretty fortunate in that sense. Bernardo’s the best Portuguese player in the Premier League at the moment. It isn’t even close, is it?
“Make no mistake – he’s never going to achieve the heights Cristiano Ronaldo has scaled in his career. At the moment, however, you’d be hard-pressed to look past Bernardo. With the talent Pep Guardiola has at his disposal, I’m going to go with a very comfortable victory for Manchester City. Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Wolves.“
This is a tricky game for Wolves at a time when they are struggling to offer a goal threat.
Pep Guardiola’s side may leave space behind to counter attack into, but do Wolves have the bravery and confidence right now to exploit it?
Bruno Lage will want to see that, as well as the defensive resilience which characterised their performance against Liverpool.
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