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Raul Jimenez might miss a second straight game with a groin issue, while fellow forward Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the recent win over Southampton.
New signing Diego Costa could make his Wolves debut despite not playing a senior match since December. Boubacar Traore is in line to make his debut after obtaining a work permit.
Manchester City defender Kyle Walker might be fit to return but Aymeric Laporte is not quite ready to play.
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New signing Diego Costa might feature this weekend. Lage said: “We have one more day. Let’s see if he can be available.”
On last week’s postponement, he said: “More important things than football happened and we need to respect that.”
He added: “I think all games around the UK will do a good job to respect and make a good tribute to the Queen.”
Raul Jimenez is still not working with the team and is unavailable, while Boubacar Traore “is ready”.
Sasa Kalajdzic’s operation on his ACL was successful and Lage said: “I see him every day with the motivation to return as soon as possible.”
On Wolves’ lack of goals this season, he said: “My job now is to find solutions. We cannot cry about what happened.”
On Pep Guardiola’s side, Lage said: “We know how they create chances, we know what kind of spaces they want, we know the runs they want to find in our box.”
He added: “Our ambition is to create a squad that cannot be afraid to play against them [teams like city]. That is the spirit I want.”
- Three of Wolves’ four Premier League victories over Manchester City have come in home games, latterly on 27 December 2019 when they came from two goals down to win 3-2.
- However, Manchester City have won the past four league meetings by an aggregate score of 13-3.
- Wolves earned their first win in 13 league games at the expense of Southampton last time out.
- They could win consecutive top-flight fixtures for the first time since March.
- Wolves haven’t scored in the second half in any of their past seven Premier League matches, their longest such run in the division.
- Their tally of three Premier League goals is the fewest of any side, while their shot conversion rate of 4% is also the worst.
- However, Bruno Lage’s side have the best defensive record in the division, conceding just four goals.
- Daniel Podence has scored two of Wolves’ three Premier League goals this season – already matching his overall tally from 26 games in 2021-22.
- City are unbeaten in a club record 21 away league matches since a 1-0 loss at Spurs in their opening game last season (W15, D6).
- However, they could go successive Premier League games without a win for the first time since December 2020.
- Manchester City have a league-high shot conversion rate of 19.6% so far this season.
- Erling Haaland’s tally of 10 Premier League goals is more than 13 of the other 19 clubs have managed this season prior to the latest round of fixtures.
- The Norwegian could become the first player to score in their first four Premier League away appearances.
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Tony Harrington. VAR: Darren England. Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.
Its an early kick off at Molineux with the match starting at 12.30pm. Fans are asked to arrive early as there will be a tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II. The match is to be shown live on BT Sport.
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