CONNOR: PRESSURE ON MAN CITY
Wolves interim manager Terry Connor believes Manchester City will be ideal opponents for his relegation-threatened side on Sunday - because all the pressure will be on Roberto Mancini's title-chasing team.
Wolves are eight points adrift of safety with four games remaining and their fate could be confirmed this weekend if they lose and other results go against them.
But, while Wolves have been virtually written off already, Connor knows the heat will be on City to close the gap on Manchester United.
He said: "Everyone will be thinking when City come here that they've got to win to keep the title race going.
"They could be eight points behind United by the time our game kicks off if United beat Everton earlier in the day.
"But no-one will be saying 'Wolves have got to win this one to stay in the league' even though that is what we will be striving to do.
"That's why possibly, the best team we could be facing is one of the top two.
"City could conceivably win four on the trot. They've done it before. But people don't think we can do that because we haven't done it all season.
"It's a different mind-set from people looking at the team at the bottom. They think we can't get back-to-back wins, or we concede too many goals, but who knows in a one-off game?"
Connor concedes that the return of Carlos Tevez to the City line-up has made Wolves' task even tougher, especially after his hat-trick at Norwich last weekend.
He said: "Tevez certainly made Norwich's task a bit harder. At the moment they're the second best team in the country.
"They would have a chance of winning the Premier League with Tevez playing all season.
"But, whatever team they put out on Sunday, we'll have problems with it - whether it's Tevez, Dzeko, Aguero or Nasri."
Connor is demanding his players repeat their improved form, including last weekend's goalless draw at Sunderland, even if relegation is looking a near certainty.
He said: "The performances in the last four or five games have been excellent and with a bit more luck, the results could have been better.
"We've lost by the odd goal in three of the four games after leading in three of them and got a good point at Sunderland.
"The players are not going to give up the ghost. We just have to keep playing in the same manner and with the same spirit for the next four games and, wherever we end up, we'll accept it."
Wolves goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is poised to make his first Barclays Premier League start against City.
De Vries, signed last summer from Swansea, will replace Wayne Hennessey who is side-lined for up to six months with knee ligament damage.
On-loan Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong is available after serving a one-game ban for his red card against Arsenal nine days ago.
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