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Manchester City to resume pursuit of leaders Liverpool when Wolves visit

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City revived their title defence after a difficult December by beating the table-topping Reds in a compelling encounter in their last league match.

Manchester City will resume their pursuit of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League as Wolves visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

The champions revived their title defence after a difficult December by beating the table-topping Reds in a compelling encounter in their last league outing.

Since then City have enjoyed two confidence-boosting thrashings of lower division opposition in the domestic cups, dispatching Rotherham and Burton by a combined scoreline of 16-0.

Pep Guardiola's men will now look to maintain the momentum and keep up the pressure on Liverpool but the City boss expects Wolves to prove testing opponents.

The promoted side held City to a 1-1 draw at Molineux in August while, more recently, they beat third-placed Tottenham over Christmas.

Guardiola said: "They have incredible players and there are not just one or two, there are three or four.

"They are strong physically and control many areas – set-pieces, offensive, defensive.

"They make a lot of switches of play and when you are tired in the last minutes, they always put on new players to do that."

City pair Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany could be back in contention after missing the cup matches against Rotherham and Burton.

Striker Aguero has been suffering from flu and sickness since the game against Liverpool while captain Kompany has had a muscular problem.

Aguero has returned to training while Kompany has made good progress in his recovery.



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2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
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7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
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13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
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15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914
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4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914
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