Pep Guardiola admits his team’s home form has to be good in order to retain the title, as Man City prepare to face Wolves on Sunday.
The Citizens are seeking a third successive Premier League title, but find themselves five points behind Liverpool after seven games and now facing a Wolves side that have caused them problems in recent times.
The two teams met at the Asia Cup in pre-season, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men winning that game on penalties and Wanderers have claimed draws in two of their last three meetings in domestic action.
Guardiola has revealed that Kevin de Bruyne will miss Sunday’s 2pm kick off, after the Belgian suffered a groin injury in the midweek Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
John Stones is making good progress from a thigh injury but this game will come too soon for the defender, who is expected to return to the City squad following the international break.
Wolves, fresh from a dramatic European win on Thursday night, are set to be without forward Diogo Jota after he picked up an ankle injury in the Europa League clash at Besiktas.
Aside from that the visitors, who have lost just one Premier League fixture in which they scored the first goal since promotion back to the top flight, report a clean bill of health.
This fixture finished in a 3-0 win for the hosts last term, but Wolves’ hopes were badly hampered by Willy Boly’s sending off just 19 minutes into the game.
Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Garcia, Zinchenko, Angelino, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodri, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Foden, Aguero, Jesus.
Wolves provisional squad: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Jonny, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Traore, Jota, Jimenez, Neves, Cutrone, Neto, Ruddy, Vallejo, Vinagre, Gibbs-White.