Paul Merson agrees with fellow pundits ahead of Man City vs Wolves – Manchester Evening News

Manchester City welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as they look to continue their momentum after their comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur
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Manchester City welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon hoping to continue their momentum from Thursday night's victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal's late goals before half-time had seemingly put the away team in control at City in midweek. However, a rejuvenated Blues side managed to overturn the deficit in sensational fashion after the break.
Goals from Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and a brace for Riyad Mahrez ensured that Pep Guardiola's team returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats. Next up for City is the visit of relegation-threatened Wolves and three pundits have provided their predictions for Sunday's clash.
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Sutton told the BBC Sport website: "People are looking for things that are wrong with City at the moment but they have still had a very good start to the season in terms of points. According to some reports I've read, Erling Haaland is the problem – which is just ridiculous.
"I looked into where their goals have come from in the past couple of seasons and of course they were spread around more, but his scoring record is amazing. According to some people, we are at the stage where he shouldn't play, which is a ridiculous call to make.
"Wolves will be awkward opponents but I still don't think they score enough goals, and I don't see City slipping up again."
Score prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lawrenson told bookmakers Paddy Power: "I’ve seen loads of Wolves lately with them playing Liverpool a lot in the cup but I’ll go for Manchester City. They were disappointing at Old Trafford in defeat against Manchester United and I thought that once they scored they’d go on and win the game but they’re not quite at it at the moment.
"Kevin De Bruyne was unbelievably quiet, I know he set up the goal, but he looks like he’s got a World Cup hangover. They’ll still be too good for Wolves, though."
Score prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
In his Sportskeeda column, Merson added: "Manchester City will need to make a statement in their next two games. If they don't get six points in their next two matches, they might not be able to reclaim their Premier League title.
"They can't afford to become irrelevant in the title race before they play against Arsenal. Wolves don't score any goals.
"They're negative, and they don't get people in the box. I do like the manager, but this is a game that you write off.
"Their goal difference is worse than West Ham's and Everton's, and they wouldn't want to take a massive beating here. The way the Premier League's going at the moment, goal difference could play a role at the end of the season.
"I think City will win this game, but they're not playing well enough. In times gone by, these games were foregone conclusions. I think Man City will win both their games this week and put pressure on Arsenal and Manchester United."
Score prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
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