Ask the Opposition w/ TalkingWolves: Manchester City vs Wolverhampton (Premier League)

Manchester City host Wolves at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night as the blues look to maintain the pressure on league leaders Liverpool. A win for the blues would narrow the gap at the top of the league back to four points while a win for the visitors could potentially see them in 7th after the weekend. It’s a massive game for all involved and a stern test for Manchester City, who dropped points at Molineux earlier on this season.

City Xtra caught up with Wolves fan, Dave Azzopardi of ‘TalkingWolves‘, to get his thoughts and feelings ahead of the game.

Hi Dave, thanks for joining us ahead of Monday night. Wolves’ first half of the Premier League season has impressed many, particularly your performances against the top six. What has been you assessment of Wolves so far this campaign?

Hi Freddie, my pleasure. I think Wolves have had a fantastic start in the Premier League so far. For a newly promoted club to be as competitive as we have been and taking points off sides in the top six, it’s been a really good achievement. Ideally I wanted us to try and finish mid-table, which for a newly promoted side, is not always going to be easy. So for us to be in this position well over halfway into the campaign is always going to be a positive.

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Joao Moutinho celebrates his screamer at Old Trafford.

In the past few years, we have seen plenty of new arrivals at Molineux. Do you envisage any further signings during the current January transfer window?

As Wolves have started off so well, I’d imagine both the manager and the board are fairly satisfied with the current playing squad. I can definitely see us attempting to bring in one or two new players, especially in the centre forward position to try and take some pressure of Raul Jimenez. It will be interesting to see who we become linked with and who eventually comes in.

Manchester City seem to have an ongoing search for a new defensive midfielder as cover, and potentially to succeed Fernandinho in the future. How well-suited is Wolves’ Ruben Neves to filling the Brazilian’s boots?

I’ve seen Ruben Neves linked with the likes of Manchester City and Juventus on several occasions, so it is clear to see he has talent. Ruben has had a shaky start to life in the Premier League but is a very capable player. His work rate is good, his passing is at times unbelievable, so there is definitely a player who can become one of the top talents in the Premier League. Now the question is can he fill the boots of Fernandinho? I’d say he definitely could but City would have to be patient with him, however with world class players around him, he could be fantastic.

City have seen a few future stars leave the club very recently with the likes of Brahim Diaz and Jadon Sancho joining some of Europe’s top clubs. Do Wolves have any up and coming stars that we should be made aware of?

We have Morgan Gibbs-White who has seen some game time this season and has looked fantastic. While he is still only 18-years-old, he plays with such confidence and skill, and it would come and no surprise if we were to see some big teams after him in the next few years. We also have Ruben Vinagre, whom we signed from AS Monaco this summer. At times he has been a joy to watch because of how skilful he is. He has shades of a young Gareth Bale due to him playing in the left wing-back role and he is rated very highly by the Portuguese national side.

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Ruben Vinagre – One to Watch.

We are seeing the glory days at the Etihad Stadium whilst Wolves are experiencing similarly exciting times of their own. How do you view Manchester City as a club, both past and present?

Manchester City are definitely one of the best teams in the world right now. They have achieved a lot in such a short space of time which is great for the fans, while it’s also great to see how much the owners have invested into the club. I think the next step for you is the Champions League, and to win it, which I’m sure all City fans would love to see! In regards to this season though, I would much rather see Manchester City win the Premier League than Liverpool.

Now for a fun one, if you could have any Manchester City player to make the switch from the Etihad to Molineux, who would it be and why?

Tough question! City have so many good players and so it is difficult to pin point just one! Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva would have to be up there, with the latter working well with our very own Portuguese contingent. I would have to lean towards Kevin De Bruyne though, he’s just fantastic.

Predicted Starting XI to face Manchester City and a score prediction?

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Score Prediction – FT: Manchester City 1-1 Wolves

You can follow our guest on Twitter: @daveazzopardi | @TalkingWolves

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