Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City: Match Preview

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City
Premier League
Sunday, April 22; 2012

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Dorus De Vries is set for his Premier League debut for Wolves after Wayne Hennessey was ruled out for the remainder of the season in mid-week.

Defender Sebastian Bassong is available again after his dismissal against Arsenal and Matt Jarvis could win a recall.

Mario Balotelli serves the final game of his three-match ban and is the only absentee for title chasing City.

Mancini criticises refereeing

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has attacked the standard of refereeing in English football.

The Italian comments come in a week which saw Martin Atkinson award a Chelsea goal in the FA Cup semi-final against semi-final despite inconclusive evidence the ball crossed the line.

And Mancini, who feels his own side have been the receiving end of some poor decisions, isn't satisfied with the standard.

"I am happy because they believe but, for me, I have the same feeling. I think it is very difficult. Also after some of the some of the situations I saw in the last three or four weeks, I think it is really difficult for us."

"I am not frustrated. In Italy we say: 'Every place is the same'," he said.

"The rules are not the same for everyone."

"When I was in Italy I always thought here there were the best referees. My idea has changed, probably."

While City could be eight points behind leaders Manchester United, Wolves could be all but relegated before they take to the field against Mancini's side.

Victory for Queens Park Rangers against Tottenham Hotspur would leave Wolves needing to beat City to stave off relegation to the Championship, but manager Terry Connor says the pressure is off.

“Man United could be eight points ahead of City by the time we play them. So they need to win here to have any chance of winning the title," Connor said.

“But no-one will say ‘Wolves have got to win this one to stay in the Premier League’. That’s why possibly the best team we could be facing is one of the top two.”

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