Man City have been handed a tricky opening-day tie away at Wolverhampton Wanderers this coming Monday. A ground where the Blues have only won once at since 2012 (granted they've only played there twice since but lets not let facts get in the way of a dramatic opening gambit, hey?).
It's not Wolves' opening fixture of the season, though - they have already dispatched a decent Sheffield United side away at Bramhall Lane thanks to early Jiminez and Saiss goals in the Premier League and have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Stoke City in midweek. Due to City's luke warm involvement in last season's Champions League 'mini-tournament' in Lisbon, Pep Guardiola's men were afforded an extra week off for rest and recovery ahead of this latest campaign (a ridiculous round of International fixtures aside of course!).
Shall we start with a look at opening weekend fixtures or purely fixtures against Wolves? Or how about opening weekend fixture against Wolves? After all, they are the team City have faced most often on the opening day of a league season (7)!
CIty and Wolves' opening day meetings
DID YOU KNOW? City have only won 1 of their 7 opening fixture matches against Wolves!
The Blues have won 51 of their previous 117 opening league fixtures (43.58%) - drawing 31 and losing 35 of the other 66 matches on their opening day. City have scored 215 goals, a rate of 1.83 goals per game and have conceded 177 goals, a rate of 1.51 goals per game. The Blues have failed to score on just 23 occasions in their first fixture of a league campaign (19.65%) and have kept 33 clean sheets during their curtain raisers (28.20%). Of the 62 opening day fixtures that have taken place away from home, City have only won 20 (32.25%). The Blues have lost 29 opening fixtures away from home (46.77%) and have drawn the other 13 matches (20.96%).
City have an outstanding opening day record of late, though. The Blues are unbeaten in their last 12 opening day matches, winning the last 10 in a row!
DID YOU KNOW? City are currently on their longest unbeaten opening day run (12)!
City's overall record against Wolves is about as equal as it can get, with both teams winning 48 games a piece and drawing the remaining 25 games between the two sides. Even the goals have been shared equally with both teams scoring and shipping 230 goals in the 121 meetings between the two sides! City have failed to score on 26 occasions and have kept a clean sheet on 27 occasions - so that's one element of the head to head statistics where The Blues have the edge.
In terms of matches at Molineux, City have only won 14 of their previous 60 matches there (23.33%). The Blues have drawn 13 (21.66%) and lost the other 33 matches (55.00%). CIty have scored 88 goals away at Wolves (1.46 gpg) and have conceded a huge 140 goals in that time (2.33 gpg). The Blues have failed to score on just 16 occasions at Molineux (26.66%) and have kept a clean sheet a mere 9 times (15.00%). Recently, though - City haven't failed to score in their last 6 matches at Molineux and have kept 2 clean sheets in that period.
In regards to Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers, City have won 6 (50.00%), drawn 2 (16.66%) and lost 4 of the 12 meetings between the two sides. The Blues have scored 23 goals against Wolves in the Premier League at a rate of 1.91 goals per game, whilst they have conceded 16 times (1.33 gpg). City have failed to score on just 2 occasions (16.66%) and have kept 4 Premier League clean sheets against Wolves (33.33%).
Away in the Premier League to Wolves, CIty have won 2 (33.33%), drawn 1 (16.66%) and lost 3 (50.00%) of the previous 6 meetings. City have scored 9 goals (1.5 gpg) and have conceded 7 goals (1.28 gpg) despite losing more goals than they have won at Molineux. The Blues have failed to score on just 1 occasion (16.66%) and have kept a clean sheet twice (33.33%).
City have had a torrid time at Molineux in recent seasons but the last time they won there, they won the league...