olves vs Manchester City – LIVE!
The reigning Premier League champions can return to the top of the table this afternoon with victory at Molineux. With Arsenal not in action until Sunday, a tricky away game at Brentford, Pep Guardiola’s charges will be looking to put pressure on the early pace-setters.
The signing of Erling Haaland, as expected, has been inspired and the summer arrival is already looking for his 11th league goal of the season in what will be just his seventh game. He added to his tally in midweek in the Champions League with a stunning acrobatic finish to beat former side Borussia Dortmund.
The only saving grace for Wolves is their defensive record, which is the best in the top flight with just four conceded so far. It’s up the other end where Bruno Lage is most concerned after seeing just three goals scored. Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has joined, though has not played in 2022 so may not feature today. Follow the game LIVE below with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog.
How Haaland stacks up
Haaland has equalled Micky Quinn’s record as the quickest to 10 Premier League goals, having beaten Quinn and former City star Sergio Aguero with a record nine in his first five games.
He scored twice on his league debut against West Ham and, though he drew a blank against Bournemouth, he was back on the scoresheet in the thrilling 3-3 comeback draw with Newcastle.
Another fightback to beat Palace was sparked by a Haaland hat-trick and he became only the sixth man with back-to-back Premier League hat-tricks as City strolled to a 6-0 win over Nottingham Forest, before scoring again at Aston Villa .
His start is eerily reminiscent of Aguero when he arrived in Manchester in 2011. The Argentinian also opened with a brace, against Swansea, followed by a scoreless outing at Bolton, a single goal against Tottenham and a hat-trick against Wigan.
He scored both City goals in a draw with Fulham in his fifth appearance – the first point at which Haaland improved on his record. Aguero then took three games to add to his tally and went on to score 23 league goals that season.
Quinn scored eight in Coventry’s first five games in the inaugural Premier League season in 1992–93. He netted twice in defeat to Manchester City, scored in draws with Sheffield United and Ipswich and added further braces against Southampton and Liverpool – and then against Villa to make it 10 in six.
Who can stop Haaland?
Erling Haaland has made fools of anyone who dared question whether he would need time to settle into the Premier League, with a stunning start to the season.
The Norway striker has bagged 10 goals in his six games and will be looking to add to that tally against Wolves today.
Only Bournemouth have failed to stop Haaland scoring in the league this season, so Wolves will have their work cut out. Although Bruno Lage’s men have conceded fewer goals than any other side in the league so far – four – their mettle will be severely tested by this City side, who have already bagged 20.
Having run out 4-1 winners at Wolves only months ago, City look a safe bet for a victory.
Kevin de Bruyne scored a hat-trick that day and, despite Wolves’ frugal defense, you can’t rule out another treble today given Erling Haaland’s form.
He already has 10 goals to his name, and Wolves will have to be at their best to keep him out today.
Man City to win 3-1,
Walker could return
Manchester City could welcome Kyle Walker back today after the right-back missed the last two games with a knock, but Ayermic Laporte remains out.
Laporte, who hasn’t featured this season following knee surgery, is back in training.
Guardiola said: “Kyle is getting better, but I am not sure if he is ready. We will see [on Friday] afternoon. Kalvin Phillips is a little better.”
Costa off the bench?
Wolves will definitely be without Raul Jimenez this afternoon, but new signing Diego Costa could feature.
The striker hasn’t recovered from a groin injury but the former Chelsea frontman may come off the bench despite not playing competitively since 2021.
The 33-year-old Costa, well known in England, had said he needed “two to three weeks to get back in shape” but Wolves boss Bruno Lage said “let’s see” when asked if Costa would play today.
How to watch
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game on either the BT Sport app or website.
After a weekend off, due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Premier League football last night returned with two games.
Aston Villa beat Southampton as Fulham came from behind against Nottingham Forest to head back to London with three points.
Today, we start at Molineux, with kick-off at 12.30pm.
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