As Manchester City roll into town on Saturday to line up at Molineux, Mick McCarthy and Wolves will be staring right down the barrel of another potential Premier League loss.

Most fans will be well aware that under Roberto Mancini, City have been showing real quality this season and will present just as tough a challenge as Chelsea and Manchester United have in the last two games.

There is, as always, some good news for the home side. Most crucially, City's main talisman and captain, Carlos Tevez, will be absent from the trip, having suffered a dead leg in the match against Arsenal.

Something else McCarthy will have been buoyed by is the performance of Blackpool when City visited earlier in the season. The Seasiders managed to breach the away side's defence twice and will have felt aggrieved to lose a game in which at least one of City's goals was clearly offside. They are not indestructible.

More good news comes in the return of captain Karl Henry from suspension and the continued return of Stephen Hunt from injury. Both players could be crucial to keeping City at bay and then taking chances at the other end when opportunity invariably presents itself.

Of course, Wolves must be wary of The Citizens' potent attacking talent. Even with Tevez out, City still boast the likes of Adebayor, Milner, Johnson and Silva - all of whom are capable of changing games in an instant. Wolves' task is made all the more difficult with the absence of Jody Craddock in the back four. Richard Stearman looks set to step into Craddock's place once again on Saturday.

The visitors’ defence will be bolstered by the return of Kolo Toure after injury but aside from this you can't imagine Mancini will make wholesale changes from the side that capitulated against Arsenal last Sunday.

Of all the games Wolves will face over their horror period, this represents the best chance to take some 'bonus' points. City have a habit of struggling in some of these away games, a point highlighted at Blackpool recently; and, therefore, the players must cross that white line on Saturday with the belief that they can get a result that may come to mean a lot in May.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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