Manchester City extended the winning run to the 15th game in the Premier League after they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by 4-1 at Etihad Stadium.
Leander Dendonker scored an own goal in the first half and Conor Coady scored the equaliser in the second half. But in the end, City two goals from Gabriel Jesus and another quick-fire goal from Riyad Mahrez gave three more points for Manchester City.
Manchester City now already put one hand to the title after they extended the gap to 15 points at the top of the table. City have got 65 points in 27 games. They haven’t lost a game in three and a half months.
Wolverhampton struggled this season a lot after Raul Jimenez’ injury. They are now sitting in 12th place on the table with 34 points in 27 games.
Manchester City 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers team news:
Pep Guardiola made few changes in his Manchester City side. Aymeric Laporte came into the side for John Stones in the defence and also Joao Cancelo started.
Ilkay Gundogan was rested and Bernardo Silva was on the starting Xl. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus also into the starting lineup for this encounter.
Wolves went with a conservative back five formation and without recognised centre-forward. Adama Traore and Pedro Neto were given the responsibility for going forward. Traore had an excellent game last season in this fixture, he scored two goals.
Manchester City 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers post-match analysis:
The right way to describe the first half will be Manchester City squeezed the life out of the Wolverhampton side. Sterling had a great chance from a beautiful pass from Joao Cancelo but he could not finish it.
City scored an own goal, Rodrigo Hernandez produced an immaculate long ball for Riyad Mahrez and his cross wasn’t dealt properly by Leandro Dendonker who put it in his own net.
Late into the first half Laporte scored a goal that was given offside and in VAR it looked an extremely close call but it remained offside.
Right at the death of the first half Bernardo Silva had an opportunity to double the lead but his initial header was saved by Rui Patricio and the follow-up attempt from Silva went way over the crossbar.
In the second half at times, it became Manchester City vs Rui Patricio. Patricio made four outstanding saves to keep the Wolves in the game.
Wolverhampton came back and equalised the game from an excellent Joao Moutinho free-kick and Conor Coady scored the goal against the run of play.
But after the equaliser, Manchester City intensified the pressure on Wolves. They had to wait until the 80th minute to score the second goal. Gabriel Jesus gave the lead for the Cityzens.
After that Guardiola’s side ran the roller over the Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Soon after the second Riyad Mahrez scored his well-deserved goal.
Right before the final whistle, Gabriel Jesus hit the nail on the Wolves coffin. Substitute Ilkay Gundogan’s shot Patricio could not deal properly and Jesus scored the rebound.
Riyad Mahrez(RW) – (8/10)(Manchester City): It was an outstanding display from him scored the third goal and provided the cross for the first goal.
Gabriel Jesus(CF) – (8/10)(Manchester City): Scored two goals and his first goal came in a very crucial moment. Overall he was good.
Rui Patricio(GK) – (7/10)(Wolverhampton Wanderers): He made four terrific saves otherwise the scoreline would be even worse for Santo’s side.
Manchester City will play the Derby in their next game against Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League and Wolverhampton’s next game is away to Aston Villa on Saturday in the league.