That’s 21 wins in a row in all competitions for City, and you have to credit them for hunting down the three points here after being made to work for it by Wolves’ second-half comeback. 4-1 doesn’t really tell the full story, but that’s how the game will finish and City continue to their march towards the title. Catch you all next time.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
- Dendoncker (o.g.)15'
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- End of 2nd Half
That goal was the last of the action and it ends 4-1 to City.
- GoalGabriel JesusManchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! City add gloss to the scoreline as Gabriel Jesus follows up a shot and taps home the rebound after Patricio’s save. The goal wasn’t initially given, but it goes to VAR and he’s shown to be onside. That’s 4-1 and you have to say it’s a bit harsh on Wolves.
City have been given a real scare here tonight, but their winning run goes on and they’ll be moving 15 points clear at the top of the table. It’s hard to see who can stop them winning the title now… although United will want to at least give it a crack (starting with the Manchester derby at the weekend).
- GoalRiyad MahrezManchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! Game over! Riyad Mahrez makes it 3-1, stroking a calm finish into the bottom corner as Wolves twice fail to clear inside their own box.
The visitors look like they’ll go on to lose this game, but have to give them their dues, they’ve really kept their heads up all night in the face of City’s relentless control.
Wolves get forward and win a corner, but it’s well dealt with by City and the sense of panic has largely gone now from the hosts.
City continue to push for a third, but Mahrez can't quite weave his way through a crowd of Wolves defenders in the box and it remains 2-1.
- OffBernardo SilvaManchester City
- OnIlkay GündoganManchester City
City keep the pressure on and immediately make an aggressive substitution, bringing on the in-form Gundogan for Silva.
- GoalGabriel JesusManchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! Walker is played onside with his run down the right and, although his cross is initially cut out, the loose ball falls straight to the feet of Gabriel Jesus. The response has come from the league leaders! 2-1!
Off the post! Sterling cuts onto his right and bends a beauty of a shot towards goal from outside the box, but it clips the post and diverts wide. What a game this is now!
So close! Sterling pulls off a delicate back-heeled effort from a cross that flies slightly behind him, but his shot glances agonisingly wide.
City's winning streak is under threat. There's 18 minutes remaining for the league leaders to avoid an upset.
De Bruyne shoots from the edge of the box down the other end, but it’s straight into the arms of the keeper. This is quite the game now! End-to-end stuff!
Oh my! Wolves steal possession high up the pitch and are five-on-three. Neto’s shot is blocked though and Traore hurries his effort from the rebound and fires over the bar. That should have been 2-1!
The corner comes to nothing, but City need to be careful here.
Wolves launch their best counter of the game so far as Neto feeds Traore, and his shot takes a touch as it flies over the bar.
Wolves counter and Silva does well to keep the move alive after the initial chance for a shot disappears. Traore’s shot is blocked however.
Guardiola is fuming on the touchline and his side have upped their pace significantly since being pegged back. They only have themselves to blame for not putting Wolves away here.
Jesus is played clean through on goal, but Patricio denies him with a fine save to deflect the effort wide of the far post. That looked like it might have been going wide any case as the forward got caught in two minds looking to square it. He really should have scored.
City almost reply immediately, but Jesus fires over from a narrow angle inside the box.
- GoalConor CoadyWolverhampton Wanderers
GOOOAAALLL!!! Would you believe it, Wolves are level! It’s their first hint of a chance of the night, but Moutinho’s free-kick cross his bent into a dangerous area and captain Conor Coady dips to send a header into the bottom corner. 1-1!
Rodri gets sucked into a silly foul in his own half and it’s a rare chance for Wolves to whip a set-piece into the box.
You’ve got to give credit to Wolves here. They’ve been scrabbling around chasing City shadows for much of the game, but are still trying to play decent football when they get the chance. It’s not yielded any opportunities yet, but it’s the right way to go.
- OffJonny CastroWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnFábio SilvaWolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves make their first change of the night and it’s the baby-faced forward Fabio Silva who comes on. He’s immediately into the action in a foot race with Kyle Walker (not a foot race anyone really wants to be in).
Another good save! Mahrez cuts onto his left and slams a shot towards goal, but Patricio reacts quickly and palms it away. City are flying right now and you sense a second goal may not be far away.
That a good save! De Bruyne darts into the box on the end of a clever Sterling flick-on and drills a shot across the face of goal, but Patricio gets his fingertips to it to divert the ball narrowly wide of the far post.
De Bruyne and Mahrez probe away with an attack down the City right, but Wolves are back in numbers and defend it well. They’ve struggled to get a hold of the ball tonight, but the visitors have defended well in the main.
Cancelo crosses from the left but it takes a deflection away from Jesus and Wolves survive.
It’s quite interesting that Cancelo has played like a traditional left-back for much of the game tonight. That’s in stark contrast to the floating creative role we’ve seen him take on for most of City’s recent games. Why? Hopefully Pep will explain after the game.
- 2nd Half
The game is back underway at the Etihad. Can City make it 21 games unbeaten? You’d have thought so judging on that first half, where Wolves had a big fat zero touches in the opposition penalty area.
- End of 1st Half
The half-time whistle goes with City a goal to the good. They’re well worth the lead, but haven’t been quite at their best and Wolves are still very much in this. See you in 15!
Bernardo Silva forces a great stop out of Patricio with an outstanding header on the run, but he makes a real hash of the chance on the follow-up, blasting over from point-blank range. If he couldn’t hit the target then he should have squared it as there were a couple of teammates wide open across the face of goal.
GOAL? NO! Laporte stays involved in the attack after a corner and drifts into the box to tuck home a Silva flick-on from a Mahrez cross. City wheel away in celebration, but then the flag goes up and VAR rules it as offside. It’s extremely marginal, one of those strange armpit offsides we’ve seen so much this season, but the goal won’t stand.
De Bruyne has a crack from outside the box, but his shot is well blocked by Semedo and City have to make do with a corner. Again the set-piece comes to nothing.
Patricio claims the cross well and interestingly that’s one of very few touches the keeper has had. That’s a sign that, for all of their possession, City aren’t quite firing on all cylinders in attack just yet.
Wolves are almost punished as they give the ball away. Sterling’s shot is deflected, but City keep the chance alive before Mahrez sees his effort also blocked – it flies behind for a corner.
Rodri is robbed in midfield and it’s a chance for Wolves to launch a counter, but the attack fizzles out a little. That’s the sort of opportunity that the visitors need to be taking advantage of if they’re to get something from this game, but it’s encouraging that they’re starting to win these occasional spots of dangerous possession.
City work the ball forward nicely, but Cancelo is slightly offside and the flag is up.
The fizz has gone out of City’s play in the last few minutes and Pep does not look happy. They’ve controlled the game to such an extent so far that the manager would have wanted to be more than just a solitary goal ahead.
It’s clear to see what Wolves’ plan is here – basically to hit Traore and Neto on the break. It could work too… but they haven’t been able to get good service into their lively forwards yet.
Moutinho plays a delightful pass to start Wolves’ most promising move of the game, but Hoever horribly slices his cross and throws his head to the heavens in frustration.
City are absolutely bossing this. They really are in absurd form at the moment; it barely seems to matter that they’ve made six changes, just on they roll.
Cool-dad Pep defies his outfit with a stern talking-to for De Bruyne as the midfielder gives the ball away, forcing Laporte into an important sliding intervention. He might be dressed like he’s in relaxed weekend-day sort of mood, but Guardiola can still be strict if he needs to be.
Sterling is again fed with a through-ball, but it’s slightly overhit and forces him to cut back and recycle possession. His movement has been excellent in that final third so far, and the goal was essentially his, even though it will go down as an own-goal to the unfortunate Dendoncker.
De Bruyne sprays a glorious Beckham-esque pass across the pitch that has the commentators purring. That would have got a very appreciative round of applause had there been supporters in the Etihad. One day soon maybe.
- Own-goalLeander DendonckerWolverhampton Wanderers
GOOOAAALLL!!! City create that golden chance and it’s Dendoncker who turns it into his own net. Mahrez makes a clever run down the inside-right channel, takes a nice touch and squares the ball across the face of goal. It would have been the simplest of tap-ins for Sterling, but Dendoncker got there first, succeeding only in turning it into his own net. 1-0.
Pep Guardiola, who is sporting a hoodie that brings a bit of a cool-dad vibe to the touchline, has been relentless in his instructions so far. His side are dominating possession, but golden chances have been in short supply.
Wolves are again robbed of possession as they try and play out from the back, but there isn’t any support for Sterling as he collects the ball in the box and he’s crowded out.
I’ve made my mind up about the Wolves kit (for the thousands of you who were no doubt on tenterhooks to find out). It’s basically the Portugal kit, which is fine and will probably end up being a bit of a collector’s item given the context of the club’s ownership, but is a bit odd. I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy it.
Wolves are caught as they overplay inside their own box, but a timely deflection from De Bruyne’s shot means that City are forced to settle for just a corner.
Dias is pinged for a foul on Traore just as Silva curls a shot into the arms of Patricio. The tempo is very high from Guardiola’s side.
The hosts are well on top in the opening stages, with De Bruyne looking particularly lively in those pockets of space in between the Wolves midfield and defence.
City go close to taking an early lead as Sterling is slipped into space inside the box, but Patricio spreads himself well to make a good save.
- 1st Half
And away we go! Wolves get the game underway against the in-form Premier League leaders.
We’re almost set for kick-off in a mizzly Manchester. City will be kitted out in their usual sky blue and white, while Wolves are in a maroon and dark green away kit – I’m not sure if I think it’s a great strip or an average one, will have to sit with it for a few minutes (don’t fret, I’ll let you know what I decide!).
One issue that Guardiola has had in the past is keeping his team’s focussed after they’ve built up sizeable leads in their domestic leagues – a problem he particularly struggled with at Bayern. But the City boss is talking a good game this time around.
" I want to see the team still focussed on the job we have to do, Guardiola said ahead of this game. We have two ways to view what is happening, we will see what we have done and reflect on that or keep doing things and get to take three more points through our game. Not just see what we have done so far."
If Nuno is looking for inspiration then he doesn’t have to cast his mind back all that far. His Wolves side won this very fixture 2-0 last season, and they haven’t been beaten twice by City in either of their completed seasons since returning to the top-flight in 2018.
Wolves meanwhile are comfortably midtable. And although a draw with Newcastle last time out was not a good result for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, they did go unbeaten throughout February on an impressive five-game run.
It’s hard to see City not making it 21 wins in a row at the Etihad this evening as they continue to stretch their remarkable winning record. Pep Guardiola’s team go into the game 12 points clear at the top of the table and seemingly cruising towards the title.
City show off their remarkable strength in depth again with six changes. In come Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo. Nathan Ake is currently the only City player unavailable through injury.
Wolves make just the one change, with Ki-Jana Hoever replacing Willian Jose from the side who drew with Newcastle last time out. They of course remain without Raul Jimenez as he continues his recovery from a fractured skull, while Willy Boly and Daniel Podence are also out through injury.
Good evening. Are Wolves going to be the team to halt Manchester City’s record-breaking winning streak? You wouldn’t want to be putting money on it, but tonight’s visitors to the Etihad are in pretty tidy form themselves. Stay tuned for reaction to the team news and build-up to the game, with kick-off at 8pm.