Manchester City get their Premier League campaign under way with a tough trip to Molineux to face Wolves.
Pep Guardiola’s side lost both fixtures against tonight’s opponents last season and could hardly ask for a more difficult test in their opening game.
After seeing champions Liverpool claim six points from their first two matches, the pressure is on the 2019-20 runners-up to hit the ground running.
Adama Traore (pictured above) terrorised City’s defence in both Wolves’ 2-0 victory at the Etihad last October and their 3-2 triumph over the Christmas period.
Guardiola will have to find a way to keep his fellow Spaniard quiet and will need summer signing Nathan Ake to be at his best following his £40million move from Bournemouth.
Aymeric Laporte is not yet fully fit after contracting coronavirus and Ilkay Gundogan is self-isolating following a positive test, while Sergio Aguero is at least a month away from full fitness.
Along with Ake, Ferran Torres is likely to be in the squad and could make his Premier League debut after swapping Valencia for Manchester last month.
Wolves will be keen to build on an impressive 2-0 win at Sheffield United and are looking to take three points from their opening two games for just the second time in the Premier League.
After losing 1-0 to Stoke in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to field the team that won at Bramall Lane — meaning record signing Fabio Silva will have to wait for his full league debut.
If they can get the better of City, Wolves will become the first team to inflict three successive defeats on Guardiola in his managerial career.
Did you know?
Wolves were one of just two sides to complete a Premier League double over City last season, alongside Manchester United.
City have lost four of their last seven top-flight games at Molineux.
Wolves’ opening day victory over Sheffield United was their 1,999th league win. They are looking to become just the fourth team to win 2,000 games in the top four tiers of English football.