Wolverhampton Wanderers started flying in the Premier League (PL) and are now eyeing their third straight legacy of victory against Manchester City. The Wolves scored four goals in the 80th minute or later in both games last season, while City received six yellow cards and one red against the two yellow Wolves.
Two goals in six minutes gave Wolves the win on the first day, with each team scoring twice in the PL opener. However, Wolves are likely to be strong too, holding the third-best record for the second half of last season’s PL (W18, D17, L3). Remarkably, the 1-0 home defeat extended the trend from last season, when there were only one or no teams in the last ten races at Molineux.
City have got off to a rocky start to their PL campaign here and have actually only won 57.89% of their PL matches listed as favorites last season. The draw from 19 away games last season was the lowest level in the league combined (W11, L7), and an average of 3.53 goals in those games highlighted the entertainment value.
When City win, they usually do it in style, covering a handicap of -1.5 on 20 of their 26 PL wins last season. Also, they have a handicap of -3.5 on six of their previous seven PL wins! Of those six wins, they scored at least two goals in five halves over two halves.
Player to watch: Raúl Jiménez scored his first at Wolves and scored one goal and three assists in two PL meetings last season. Last season, Raheem Sterling (MCI) scored twice in that game, and his 14 away PL goals was the highest of any player.
Hot stats: In the two PL seasons of 2018 promotion, Wolves won 15 of their 16 home games and scored their first goal.