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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City at Molineux Stadium

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Molineux Stadium Referee : Martin Atkinson
11th May 2022 8:15 PM (BST)
  • 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

    • ‘11' Leander Dendoncker
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘7' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘16' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘24' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘60' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘84' Raheem Sterling

#mancity

Commentary By Jack Mumford

22:55

Goodnight ๐Ÿ‘‹

So, two games to go. Four points from another Premier League title. These are halcyon days for City fans.

Keep an eye on the Man City app and mancity.com for more post-match reaction from within the camp.

Next we go to West Ham on Sunday, where we will be looking to get the first three of those four points required. We'll see you then, when Matchday Live and our in-play commentary return.

22:43
22:35

Pep on KDB ๐Ÿ—ฃ

The way he has played that last few months has been outstanding. He has been our key man in the last part of the season. It's not just what he creates but the goals and everything. He is so generous and thinking what is best for the team. Always we are trying to push him to shoot and score goals.

22:29

KDB on title race with Liverpool ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Itโ€™s crazy. The standards we both set, you have to respect it. I think both teams have ultimate respect and we play hard. That's the only thing we can do. 

22:26

A midfielder up against strikers

57 goals

87 assists

Kevin De Bruyne is behind only Harry Kane, Mo Salah & Jamie Vardy for goal contributions in the Premier League since his arrival at City back in 2015.

22:21

Kevin De Bruyne's reaction ๐Ÿ—ฃ

When you score four goals it's always special. It should have been five. We controlled the game really well and could have scored more against a Wolves team that is defensively sound.

When you get the opportunity, don't hesitate. My right foot is stronger but I'm never afraid to shoot with my left. That creates a problem for the opposition.

Now we need to concentrate on Sunday. West Ham are tough and it's their last game at home.

22:09

Micah Richards' view ๐Ÿ—ฃ

When they lost against Real Madrid, we asked have they got the character to come back? They showed it against Newcastle and they showed it tonight. They have shown exactly why they are one of the best teams in the world.

22:07

Job done!

Another match ticked off in our relentless pursuit of a fourth Premier League title in five seasons. With two games left, we know four more points will guarantee that we remain the champions of England.

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Full time!

An emphatic victory and a memorable night for one man in particular! 

Shaun Goater and Shaun Wright-Phillips are ready to discuss it all on our Matchday Live show now.

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88'

Almost a fifth for De Bruyne!

De Bruyne is so close to yet another. That left foot again. He curls it towards the far post, but it doesn't come back enough.

84'

Incisive

A lightning quick move down the right ends in a Cancelo cross that Sterling touches into an empty net. That's five in each of our last two matches.

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69'

Finger tips

Ederson is quietly having an excellent night to ensure our dominance in terms of the scoreline. This time he tips over a long distance shot at full stretch.

59'

Irrepressible

Kevin De Bruyne is putting in an all-time classic performance here. He follows up a half clearance with his first right-footed strike of the night.

56'

Laporte recovers

Raul Jimenez breaks behind but Laporte matches the run into the box. The Spanish international is putting in a shift in this second half.

49'

Injury worry

Laporte is down on the floor after Raul Jimenez falls in to him. He has stayed down during the Wolves attack, so let's hope he can get back up soon.

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Shaun Wright-Phillips on Kevin De Bruyne ๐Ÿ—ฃ

He just drives the team forward. He leads by example and the players around him have followed that.

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Standing strong

No doubting who has been star of the show so far, but it's been a strong performance throughout the spine of the side. 

Pep will be looking for his team to kill this one off early in the second half, knowing that Wolves are always capable of springing a surprise.

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Half-time

That's the whistle on a breathless first-half. Shauns Goater & Wright-Phillips are ready to wax lyrical about Kevin De Bruyne on Matchday Live right now.

45'+1'

Sterling goes down

De Bruyne again breaks free of his man and plays it across to Sterling, who feels he is fouled. Referee Martin Atkinson says no.

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45'

De Bruyne drags one

A rare miss from Kevin De Bruyne from more than 20 yards out after Fernandinho's excellent intervention high up the pitch.

41'

Ederson stays alert

Our Brazilian goalkeeper handles a drilled cross well. He doesn't need to be constantly involved to keep his standards high.

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33'

Wolves appeal

Chiquinho runs at Zinchenko but our left-back gets a touch on the ball and diverts it for a corner. Molineux crowd not too happy about that one.

33'

John Edwards watching on from Molineux ๐Ÿ—ฃ

 

Kevin De Bruyne is at the top of his game right now.

The Belgian has got better and better as the season has progressed and has hit fine form when it matters most.

It was a typically classy finish for the opener, the second was all about the nous that all great attacking midfielders have for being in the right area at the right time and the third was powerful drive after a trademark surging run.

Thatโ€™s the 201 goal he has been directly involved in for City now (85 goals and 116 assists), a tally he has achieved in 305 appearances.

A driving force if ever there was one and one of the Premier League's best ever midfielders.

29'

Wolves compose themselves

Our hosts have taken control of possession since that latest De Bruyne strike. City are comfortable in defence, though.

15'

200 goal involvements for De Bruyne

The Belgian plays a ball slightly out of reach of Raheem Sterling but he's there to follow up when it rebounds off Jose Sa.

And that's 200 goal involvements (goals and assists) for City across all competitions!

6'

Just brilliant

De Bruyne starts the move with a flick in midfield to Bernardo Silva. Our Portuguese master weights a perfect ball back to De Bruyne, who sweeps home with his left foot.

20:13

In-play commentary ๐Ÿ‘‚

Alistair Mann & Michael Brown will talk you through proceedings this evening.

If you'd prefer text updates, stay right here.

20:10

Walk outs

Here come the players into a Molineux basking in the West Midlands sunshine.

Fernandinho looks a picture of concentration, as always. It's hard to imagine a better man to lead you into battle.

20:07

Our man John Edwards reporting from Molineux ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Seven more points and Manchester City will be Premier League champions.

The maths is simple, but the task at hand is anything but as we face a Wolverhampton Wanderers side looking to finish the season strongly in a bid to secure European football.

Bruno Lageโ€™s men posed a tough test at the Etihad Stadium in December.

Raheem Sterlingโ€™s penalty was the difference in a tight game that day and City, who have just three senior defenders fully fit, will need to show similar resolve at Molineux this evening.

Thereโ€™s no doubting this sideโ€™s character, though. Pepโ€™s boys will be relishing the challenge and the pressure of the season finale.

20:05

10 minutes until kick-off

How are the nerves, Blues? 

Remember, seven points from our final three matches guarantees another Premier League title.

20:03

Pep on Wolves' set up

They are huge competitors. They have incredible players on the counter-attack. They can play that way with Moutinho and Neves, and players that will run in the channel. We know what we need to do.

20:03

Pep on Fernandinho's role at centre-back

He has played many times there. Unfortunately this is the situation that has happened with many players injured. He is going to do his best.

19:58

Hemp on Player of the Season award

Iโ€™m really grateful. Iโ€™ve got a lot to thank the rest of my teammates for. Iโ€™m really pleased that the fans have recognised me and picked me as their player of the season.

I think the last few months weโ€™ve really showed the City we want to show, Iโ€™m really pleased with my performances and I know thereโ€™s a lot more to come for me.  

19:55

Elsewhere tonight...

In the 7:30pm kick-off at Elland Road, Leeds United are already a goal and a man down. Mason Mount scored for Chelsea in the opening stages and Dan James has just seen red.

Watford's meeting with Everton (a 7:45pm kick-off) is still goalless.

19:52

Hemp wins Player of the Season

Lauren Hemp is our Player of the Season for the women's team! She claimed a whopping 48% of the vote.

The winger and top scorer is still only 21 years old too. There's lots more to come from Lauren.

19:48

Fully focused

What kind of impact can Kevin De Bruyne have on the game tonight?

Our Belgian playmaker averages an assist every 176 minutes of Premier League football, more often than any other player in the history of the competition with at least 15 assists.

19:44

Park wins Rising Star

Young winger Jess Park wins the Rising Star award!

Fleet-footed and capable of going both ways with the ball at her feet. If you haven't seen her play yet, you're going to want to change that as soon as possible.

19:40

Weir wins Goal of the Season

Our women's team's awards are now being presented on Matchday Live.

Caroline Weir has won the Goal of the Season for her memorable strike in the home derby against United!

19:30

Sterling's super Wolves record

Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in four goals in his last four league matches against Wolves (three goals, one assist), including a brace at Molineux in December 2019.

19:25

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City have kept a clean sheet in our last five away Premier League matches, with only three sides ever keeping more than five consecutively in the Premier League: Chelsea (7 in a row, 2008), Manchester United (7, 2008-09) and Liverpool (6, 2014-15).

Fingers crossed we can join that group tonight.

19:22

Shaun Goater on Fernandinho in defence ๐Ÿ—ฃ

He is reliable. No matter what position he plays he seems like a seasoned pro. 

Weโ€™ve seen him play centre back and marshall the defence. Heโ€™s such a clever and intelligent player, I always enjoy watching him play. This guy is just a brilliant player.

We can't argue with that assessment!

19:19

Wolves' changes

So it's just the one change for Wolves from Sunday's incredible fightback against Chelsea. 

Chiquinho, heavily involved that day, gets his first start with Romain Saiss dropping out. It will be interesting to see how our hosts choose to play, will they take the game to us?

19:15

Starting XI

Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho (c), Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Sterling

Substitutes: Steffen, Ake, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Lavia, Palmer, Mahrez, Grealish, Jesus

19:12

Matchday Live starting soon!

Don't forget, tonight's Matchday Live show begins at 19:15 (UK) with Shauns Goater & Wright-Phillips joining Natalie Pike.

19:10

Countdown to team news โฐ

We're just five minutes from getting our first look at tonight's team. How many changes will Pep make from Sunday's thumping of Newcastle?

In the middle of yet another busy week, will rotation be necessary?

19:05

The Wolves boss speaks... ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Everyone knows how strong this side is. They are one of the best teams in the world and Pep is one of the best managers in the world, so tonight is going to be a big challenge to myself and my players. 

When we faced Man City earlier in the season at the Etihad, we felt we were very unfortunate not to leave with at least a point.

We will take a lot of confidence from not only that performance, but also how we played on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, into tonightโ€™s game.

Bruno Lage's programme notes this evening.

18:55

Awesome away form

City are unbeaten in our last 16 away Premier League games (W13 D3) โ€“ it is our longest ever away unbeaten league run in history, with the 4-0 win at Leeds taking us ahead of the 15-game run under Joe Royle between December 1998 and September 1999.

18:25

10 years on

Tonight is a crucial clash in our Premier League title run-in, just as our trip to Molineux was in 2011/12. 

Sergio Aguero & Samir Nasri scored the goals that day in a 2-0 win on the same day that United dropped points against Everton.

18:20

Matchday Live

At 19:15 (UK), our Matchday Live show will get going. Tonight Natalie Pike is joined by the two Shauns; Goater & Wright-Phillips.

They'll provide their usual mix of analysis and anecdotes ahead of another huge game for Pep Guardiola's men.

Both featured on several occasions for City against tonight's opponents. SWP hit three goals in five matches and Goater scored once in four appearances back in the day.

You can get involved in the show tonight. To share your opinion or ask a question, send a WhatsApp to +447537186538.

18:15

Welcome!

Good evening and welcome to the Matchday Centre for our crucial Premier League trip to Wolves tonight.

We know that seven points from the last nine available will guarantee us a fourth title in five seasons, regardless of what Liverpool do.

Victory at Molineux would see us take a huge step towards back-to-back titles, but Bruno Lage's well-drilled side are sure to push us to our limits.

We're two hours out from kick-off but until then, we'll have plenty to get you in the mood.

09:25

It's Matchday ๐Ÿ™Œ

 

Good morning and welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League trip to Wolves.

With just three matches left of the season, Pep Guardiola's men are currently top of the table on goal difference having played one fewer game than second-placed Liverpool.

Victory at Molineux would see us take a huge step towards back-to-back titles, but Bruno Lage's well-drilled side are sure to push us to our limits.

The match gets under way at 20:15 (UK), with minute-by-minute build-up, including stats, analysis and reaction, beginning from two hours prior to kick-off.

You can also join Shaun Goater and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the Matchday Live studio from 19:15, while Alistair Mann and Michael Brown will call the action from Molineux with live audio commentary.

COME ON, CITY ๐Ÿ’™ 

Other games that day

  • Leeds United0
    Chelsea3
    FT
  • Leicester City3
    Norwich City0
    FT
  • Watford0
    Everton0
    FT
  • Tottenham Hotspur0
    Arsenal0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 36 +65 86
3 Chelsea 36 +42 70
4 Arsenal 35 +14 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +20 62
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 36 +11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -3 50
9 Brighton and Hove Albion 36 -4 47
10 Leicester City 35 -4 45
11 Crystal Palace 35 +4 44
12 Aston Villa 35 -1 43
13 Brentford 36 -8 43
14 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
15 Southampton 36 -20 40
16 Everton 35 -19 36
17 Burnley 35 -17 34
18 Leeds United 36 -38 34
19 Watford 36 -38 23
20 Norwich City 36 -56 21
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