28 min: Bernardo Silva tees up Jack Greralish on the edge of the Wolves penalty area. Slightly off balance, the scorer of City’s first goal fires this particular effort high over the bar.
27 min: With Jonny committed further upfield, Jack Grealish gallops down the left wing with the ball at his feet. Ruben Neves does well to keep up with him and put the ball out for a throw-in before Grealish can get the cross in.
25 min: Akanji fouls Goncalo Guedes and Wolves have a free-kick about 30 yards from the City goal, a few yards left of centre. Ruben Neves stands over it before whipping the ball above defensive wall and cross-bar. Wolves have had two free-kicks in excellent positions but have not tested Ederson in the City goal on either occasion.
23 min: Chances at both ends. First, Rodri shoots low, hard and straight at Jose Sa. Moments later, Wolves get forward and Pedro Neto drags a shot wide of the far upright.
22 min: Pedro Neto goes down in the City penalty area, appealing for a penalty after a coming together with Manuel Akanji as the defender attempted to shepherd him wide. There’s no spot-kick but City do get a free-kick as Neto handled the ball after falling.
20 min: City advance down the left with Grealish on the ball. He links up with Haaland, who sends the ball into the penalty area. Not even Erling is quick enough to get on the end of his own cross, so Jose Sa claims possession.
18 min: Both goals have come about as a result of Wolves losing the ball cheaply in midfield. On this occasion, Bernardo won it and released Haaland into a vast expanse of space in front of the Wolves defence. He galloped directly towards goal, a panicking Kilman refused to engage and … well, the rest is history.
Stop it. Erling Haaland runs at Max Kilman, who keeps backing off him, turning himself inside-out in the process. Haaland keeps advancing before spanking the ball past Jose Sa for his 14th goal of the season.
14 min: Moutinho sends his free-kick straight into the City defensive wall. Corner for Wolves. Nothing comes of it.
13 min: Matheus Nunes is fouled by Rodri on the edge of the City penalty area. The City defender gets booked and Wolves have a free-kick in a very promising position, a little right of centre.
11 min: Now Wolves attack down the left, with Ait-Nouri on the ball. He cuts inside, picks out Joao Moutinho. His ball to the feet of Pedro Neto in a good position is miscontrolled by its target.
11 min: Wolves attack down the right wing with Jonny on the ball. He’s disposssessed by Joao Cancelo.
9 min: Moments after that opener, Wolves created a chance of sorts from the kick-off. Neto played Podence into the City penalty area and he teed up Goncalo Guedes. His shot didn’t trouble Ederson unduly.
5 min: De Bruyne and Foden combine down the inside right channel, with Foden’s cross being put out for a corner. The ball’s sent in, John Stones gets his head to it and Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa leaps to claim. He’s challenged in the air by Rodri and releases his grip on the ball and it’s turned home. Goal disallowed – Sa had both hands on the ball.
3 min: Not the start Wolves would have wanted, to say the least. They go a goal down to a textbook City strike on 55 seconds. Foden and De Bruyne combined well down the right flank, getting the better of Rayan Ait-Nouri before the Belgian whipped the ball across the face of goal. It evaded Haaland at the near post, but Grealish was on hand to fire home from the middle.
City lead! They score with their first attack of the game, with Kevin De Bruyne sending the ball flashing across the face of goal from the right. Jack Grealish is on hand to poke home his first goal of the season.
1 min: The pomp and ceremony over, City get the ball rolling on a sunny afternoon at Molineux courtesy of Erling Haaland.
Not long now: Respective club legends Steve Bull and Mike Summerbee lay wreaths in the centre-circle, around which the match officials and players of both teams are lined. There’s a well observed minute’s silence, followed by the national anthem, sung by Samantha Oxborough.
This weekend in the Premier League: As well as flying flags at half-mast in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, a minute’s silence will be observed and the National Anthem played before each game. Players will wear black armbands and be led out by their managers, while crowds will be asked to give a round of applause in the 70th minute. Big screens at grounds will display images of the Queen.
Those teams: There’s no place for a presumably unfit Diego Costa in the Wolves matchday squad, with Bruno Lage picking a front three of Daniel Podence, Goncalo Guedes and Pedro Neto. The only change to the line-up that took to the field against Southampton is the inclusion of Guedes for the injured Kalajdic.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola makes three changes to the side that beat Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Nathan Ake makes way for Ruben Dias in the heart of defence, while Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden come in for Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez.
Wolves: Jose Sa, Jonny, Collins, Kilman, Ait Nouri, Matheus Luiz, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Pedro Neto, Goncalo Guedes, Daniel Podence.
Subs: Boubacar Traore, Hwang, Sarkic, Mosquera, Nelson Semedo, Gomes, Ronan, Bueno, Campbell.
Manchester City: Ederson, Akanji, Stones, Dias, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Grealish, Bernardo Silva, Haaland, Foden.
Subs: Walker, Ake, Gundogan, Ortega, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Carson, Palmer.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Wolves striker Sasa Kalajdzic is set for a long spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on the ACL he injured in his side’s game against Southampton, his first appearance for the club. Winger Chiquinho is already out with a similar – but worse – injury he suffered in a pre-season match against Burnley. We wish both players well on their long road back to full fitness. Striker Raul Jimenez is sidelined with a groin injury that is expected to keep him out for several weeks.
Manchester City are still without Aymeric Laporte, who is recovering from a knee injury but not expected to return until after the international break, while his fellow defender Kyle Walker could feature after sitting out the Dortmund game with an injury. Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez could miss out today having displeased their manager with particularly poor individual performances in midweek.
Molineux is the venue for today’s top flight set-to between Wolves and Manchester City and a win for the champions would see them leapfrog Arsenal to go top of the table for 24 hours at least. CIty came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this week, while Wolves have not played since their home win against Southampton a fortnight ago.
In need of a regular goalscorer, Bruno Lage’s team have since signed Diego Costa, who says his return to the Premier League “has lit a fire within”. The Brazilian born Spain international has been without a club since terminating his contract with Atletico Mineiro in January but is expected to return to competitive action today, fitness permitting. Kick-off at Molineux is at 12.30pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.