Manchester City are aiming to become the first
reigning Premier League champions to win
their first three matches since the start
of 2011/12, when Manchester United
managed that feat.
Sergio Aguero has scored three PL hat-
tricks in 2018, including one in his last
match against Huddersfield Town. Only
two players have netted four or more
hat-tricks in a calendar year in the
competition, with Harry Kane doing so six
times in 2017 and Alan Shearer
registering five trebles in 1995.
In the last two seasons. the previous
campaign's Championship winner have
triumphed both times they have hosted
the reigning Premier League champion.
Burnley beat Leicester City 1-0 in
2016/17 and Newcastle United overcame
Chelsea 3-0 in 2017/18.
Wolves are targeting their first victory
in 17 PL matches. They have never had a
top-flight winless run longer than 16
matches.Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be out for
up to three months after sustaining
a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion.
Claudio Bravo is also unavailable, having
sustained an Achilles tendon injury in a
recent training session. The Chilean
'keeper underwent scans, which confirmed
a rupture in the tendon of his left foot.
The Club are yet to discover the extent
of his injury.
Danilo also remains absent with a foot
injury, which he picked up during the
group stages of the World Cup, but Pep
Guardiola stated that the Brazilian is
'doing well.'while wolves Matt Doherty is a slight doubt with a leg
injury, while Leander Dendoncker is not
fully fit. Ivan Cavaleiro has a back injury
and is not expected to return until mid-
September.City are hoping for a win to extend their point as the league leader.