Manchester City will be chasing a sixth consecutive win in the Premier League when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The match, which kicks-off at 1.30pm, will see City try to remain in the top spot after overtaking Chelsea last weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side are in fine league form, having won 11 of their 15 games so far, including a 3-1 victory against Watford on Saturday. A double from Bernardo Silva and an early goal from Raheem Sterling saw the title holders secure all three points.
However, it wasn’t all smiles for the Spaniard’s team as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, a match that saw Kyle Walker dismissed with eight minutes remaining.
As for Wolves, they are in a different situation to their opponents on Saturday, having won only one of their last five league games. The Old Gold lost 1-0 last weekend to Liverpool in the 94th-minute - this after two consecutive 0-0 draws against Burnley and Norwich City.
The sides head into the game 14 points apart in the league, with City the current league-leaders by one point, while Wolves sit eighth in the table - four points off a European place.
Overall, the Blues have the better record when coming face to face in England’s top-flight. Of the 14 meetings in the competition, the Sky Blues has won eight of them, while Wolves have been victorious four times and honours have been even on two occasions.
The last time these two teams met in March last year it ended in a 4-1 win for Guardiola’s side at the Etihad. Gabriel Jesus scored a double that day, while Riyad Mahrez and a Leander Dendoncker own goal.
However, if the visitors can replicate their 2019 performance at the Etihad, when they beat the Sky Blues 2-0, Guardiola’s men could slip as low as third in the table. This, if Liverpool secure a win against Aston Villa and Chelsea are victorious against Leeds United.
What’s the latest team news?
City’s victory against Watford saw the return to the starting 11 for Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte and Phil Foden.
The latter, however, might not feature this Saturday after sustaining an ankle injury in the first-half of the club’s Champions League match on Tuesday - he was substituted for Raheem Sterling at half-time.
Another player who came off injured in the same game was Nathan Ake. The Dutch centre-back has a back problem and was replaced by Ruben Dias in the 86th-minute.
The club’s only out-and-out senior centre-forward Gabriel Jesus was absent from their loss to Leipzig due to a knock - he could return this weekend.
Ferran Torres, who suffered a foot injury on international duty with Spain in October, remains unavailable. The forward is still some time off being fully fit.
As for Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian returned to the Sky Blues’ starting XI on Tuesday after recently testing positive for Covid-19. The midfielder is in contention to start against Wolves.
City’s squad has strength in depth and Guardiola has several options to replace any unavailable players on Saturday.
Guardiola could opt to start Laporte alongside Dias in the centre of defence with Ake’s fitness status currently unknown. He could potentially look to give John Stones minutes as well, the defender is yet to feature after returning from injury.
The Sky Blues’ fluidity in style allows for them to line-up in either of Guardiola’s favoured 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formations. The latter, which was used against Leipzig, would see a three-man midfield made up of either Silva, Rodri, Fernandinho, De Bruyne or Gundogan.
With Foden potentially out of the game, Sterling would be a like-for-like swap on the wing, with Grealish starting in a false-nine role and Mahrez cutting inside from the left wing.
The hosts have several names on the sidelines with Willy Bolly, Jonny, Yerson Mosquera and Pedro Neto all absent from their previous three matches.
However, Daniel Podence is in contention for a starting place after returning from Covid-19 isolation for the Liverpool game - he made the bench.
Marcal could also make a return to the squad. The Brazilian missed the Liverpool match due to illness.
Bruno Lage has dealt with Bolly’s absence in defence well, with Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss playing every minute as a centre-back trio since September 26.
Lage has opted to stick to the club’s familiarity with a 3-4-3 formation this season and doesn’t look to change this any time soon.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, Grealish, Sterling.
Wolves (3-4-3): Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semado, Neves, Moutinho, Ait Nouri; Traore, Jimenez, Hwang.
Is the match on TV?
The match will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 1 with pre-match coverage starting at 11.30am. Alternatively, BT customers can stream the game live on the BT Sport app.
How can I watch highlights?
The BT Sport app and YouTube channel is the best place to view the main moments from the game, and both City’s and Wolves’ websites will have the highlights after the game ends.
As usual, Match of the Day will show all of this weekend’s highlights, starting with Saturday’s action at 10.30pm on BBC One and at the same time for Sunday’s games.
And follow ManchesterWorld for full coverage live from the Etihad and player ratings after the final whistle.