Manchester City travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night for their penultimate away game of the season.
The match, which kicks off at 8.15pm, could see City take another step towards clinching a fourth Premier League title win in five years.
Pep Guardiola’s men moved three points ahead of second-place Liverpool thanks to a convincing 5-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday, a day after the Reds dropped points at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
That gap could be reduced by the time City are next in action, with Liverpool travelling to Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The Sky Blues also face an awkward trip to the West Midlands in midweek, and Wolves have proved difficult opponents for City since their return to the top flight in 2018, with the latter winning just four of the last seven meetings.
Wolves head into the game in eighth place and for most of this season have been among the most defensively astute sides in the division.
However, their form has dipped massively in recent weeks and they’ve kept just one clean sheet in the last six. Bruno Lage’s men have also not won any of the last four, although they did come from two behind to earn a credible draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
As for City, while their hopes of a treble have been dashed recently, the champions’ league form has been hugely impressive. Since returning from the latest international break, City have won five out of six, the exception being a 2-2 home draw with Liverpool.
Saturday’s commanding victory over Newcastle added some shine to a disappointing week after they were eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid.
That loss at the Bernabeu means City can only collect one piece of silverware in 2021/22, and taking three points at Molineux would massively enhance their chances of lifting another Premier League crown in the coming weeks.
What’s the latest team news?
Guardiola revealed after the win over the Magpies that City could be down to just three senior defenders for the trip to Wolves.
The Catalan claimed John Stones, Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker will miss the final three matches of the season due to injury, while Nathan Ake is also expected to be unavailable for Wednesday’s clash due an ankle problem.
Assuming Guardiola is down to just three fit, senior defenders - Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko - he could start with Fernandinho at centre-back, with the Brazilian introduced in that role against Newcastle. However, youngsters CJ Egan-Riley and Luke Mbete are also options.
While there are issues at the back for City, all of the club’s midfielders and attackers are expected to be available. Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden were named the substitutes at the weekend, and are likely to return to the team.
As for Wolves, Daniel Podence is a doubt, but Max Kilman and Nelson Semedo definitely won’t be involved due to injury.
Is the match on TV?
The game will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League, while it can also be streamed on the Sky Go app.
How can I watch highlights?
There is a bonus midweek Match of the Day, which begins at 10.40pm on Wednesday and will show the main moments from Molineux. Alternatively, Sky Sports’ YouTube channel and the respective club websites will have highlights after the game.
And follow ManchesterWorld for post-match analysis and player ratings on the final whistle.