Manchester City travel to face Wolves at Molineux in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Wolves have had an easy run to the Carling Cup fourth round, beating Northampton 4-0 and Millwall 5-0. Manchester City beat Birmingham City 2-0 in their sole Carling Cup outing this season.
The match will be a battle between two sides on the opposite end of the form spectrum. Manchester City are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and just enjoyed a sensational 6-1 victory over rivals Manchester United. Wolves, conversely, are without a league victory since August.
Mick McCarthy’s charges had made an impressive start to the season, beating Blackburn and Fulham and drawing with Aston Villa in the opening three games. Wolves then lost five games in succession before drawing 2-2 with Swansea on Saturday. Kevin Doyle and Jamie O’Hara scored late goals to salvage a draw and give McCarthy’s men a badly needed confidence boost.
Manchester City have won eight of their nine Premier League matches this season and are on a four match winning run in all competitions.
Both sides are expected to make a host of changes as they concentrate on other competitions. Squad players like Adlene Guedioura, Nenad Milijas, Stephen Hunt, David Edwards, George Elokobi, Sam Vokes and De Vries could see some playing time for Wolves. The Midlands club will be without Kevin Foley and Steven Fletcher.
Mancini has a fully fit squad to pick from and back-up players like Owen Hargreaves, Stefan Savic , Costel Pantilimon and Adam Johnson could start for the Citizens.