Manchester City have the lead at Molineux, but still have work to do as they look to increase the all important goal difference against a Wolves side who are looking more and more doomed to relegation with every passing minute.
There was a very open start to the game, with chances at both ends as both clubs played like they knew exactly what was at stake this afternoon.
Carlos Tevez was the first man to get a shot in at goal when his effort from distance after just 16 seconds fizzed over the bar of Dorus De Vries. The Dutch goalkeeper had to be ready again on 6 minutes when Sergio Aguero broke the offside trap, and despite Sebastian Bassong recovering, the Argentine was still able to get a shot in which went narrowly past the far post from an acute angle.
Bassong was involved at the other end too when his deflected effort had Joe Hart scrambling across goal to see out for a corner, while David Davis also had Hart troubled when he side footed an effort towards the top corner after good work from Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher in the buildup.
Manchester City should have had the lead after 15 minutes when Pablo Zabaleta played a delicious one-two with Aguero, and in turn teed up Samir Nasri inside the area, only for the Frenchman to shoot wide of goal with it at his mercy.
Aguero squandered another chance after 20 minutes when following good work from David Silva the striker fired his shot, once again, narrowly wide of De Vries' goal. City had been creating the best chances of the opening period, but simply couldn't convert, or force the keeper into a meaningful save.
A goal had been coming, and eventually on 26 minutes Sergio Aguero had his goal. Gael Clichy's ball into the on rushing striker looked like it would be cleared by Bassong, but the on-loan Tottenham Hotspur defender got his footing horribly wrong, missed the ball and allowed Aguero to slot the ball past De Vries for a precious lead.
It was one way traffic from then on as the visitors took control of the game, and as Tevez, Nasri and Aguero all rained shots down on the Wolves goalmouth, nothing was coming which will leave Roberto Mancini disappointed at halftime despite the holding the lead at halftime.