Man Utd v Wolves Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 22nd September
Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Man Utd v Wolves and provides us with his best bets for Saturdays 3pm kick-off at Old Trafford by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Man Utd v Wolves Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 22/09/2018
- Time: 15:00
- Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
- Channel: N/A
A heavily criticised and still under pressure United side and manager Jose Mourinho welcome newly promoted Wolves to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. With both teams entering this match on the back of good results, this clash has all the potential for a very entertaining game, even more so when you consider the wonderful array of talent that could be on display for both sides.
For United, they came away with all 3 points in their last league game away at Watford, who have been no push overs so far, overcoming the likes of Spurs already this season at Vicarage Road. It was a good result for United, and despite heavy Watford pressure in the second half, they emerged victorious, all be it thanks to a fantastic save from David De Gea in the dying embers of the game. Wolves took the points themselves on Sunday afternoon at home to Burnley, and it was another solid display from the Premier League new comers, with loan signing Raul Jimenez netting the winner. After a superb 2016/2017 Championship campaign that saw them win the league with 99 points, Wolves have thus far proven that they mean business in the top flight, and have added to their squad with the intent of staying amongst the English elite.
Having travelled to Swiss champions and Champions league debutants Young Boys on Wednesday night, United left a couple of key players at home due to the artificial pitch that they would be playing on in Switzerland, with concerns over Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard leading to the pair not travelling with the squad. Aside from them, United started with Pogba, Lukaku, Martial and Marcus Rashford, and by no means took Young Boys lightly. A huge positive, aside the 3-0 victory, was the performances of the fullbacks. There was a debut for summer signing Diogo Dalot on the right, and the ever improving Luke Shaw featured on the left side of the defence. Both had fantastic games, although it did take some time for the visitors to settle on the unfamiliar turf. It was especially good for young Dalot, who showed just why Mourinho spent almost £20m to bring the young Portuguese player to Old Trafford. His runs and crosses threatened Young Boys on numerous occasions, and his quick turn of pace combined with some skilful moves gave the home side a headache. Luke Shaw, having recovered from his concussion suffered on England duties, had another solid game despite the slow start from United. It is worth noting that despite travelling, Alexis Sanchez played no part in the game for United, which begs the question as to whether he will start on Saturday. Having been left in Manchester, there is little doubt that Valencia will come back in at right back despite Dalot’s good display on Wednesday night.
As for visitors Wolves, they will travel to Old Trafford full of confidence, having gone undefeated in the Premier League since their second game defeat to Leicester City. Following that result, the new comers went to champions Manchester City and came away with a point that not many gave them any chance of getting, and have won their most recent two, both by 1-0.
In their performances so far, the boys in gold have shown guts and graft. The hero in the middle of the park last term, Ruben Neves, has settled into the top flight with ease, and has been joined by some new arrivals during the summer. Goalkeeper Rui Patricio has been fantastic in keeping two clean sheets in his last two league games, on loan striker Jimenez is up and running for goals and Adama Traore has shown exactly why Wolves broke their transfer record to sign him, with glimpses of his pace and power when he has come on from the bench.
It would not be a surprise to me to see him in the starting line-up against United on Saturday, given the problems he could cause them down the flanks. The superb combination of Neves and Moutinho in the middle have both been robust and creative, Jimenez up front has shown he can find the net, and the defence with the likes of Boly and Coady showing that they are up to the stern test of defending against the best the Premier League has to offer.
No fresh worries for United, with everybody coming through the game against Young Boys. Expect to see Valenica and Lingard return to the match day squad, and probably, the starting 11. Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford will both miss the visit of Wolves with both suspended following dismissals against Watford and Burnley respectively. Phil Jones is still absent with injury.
For Wolves, there is no reports of any key figures struggling or to be missing ahead of Saturday. I do believe that Nuno Espirito Santo may give Traore a chance to start given he has been on the bench in the past weeks, however they could well choose to utilise his pace in the latter stages of the game from the bench as they have done in previous games.
Potential Man Utd Starting XI: De Gea, Valenica, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, Felliani, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku
Potential Wolves Starting XI: Patricio, hoBennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Costa, Jimenez, Jota
Head To Head
- Wolves last played United 7 years ago in the Premier League, losing the away fixture 4-0 and also at home 5-1.
- The two sides have never shared a draw in 8 games, with United taking 4 out of their 6 victories against Wolves at Old Trafford.
- Wolves have found the net on their last two visits to Old Trafford.
Key Stats & Facts
- Both sides have won their last two Premier League games.
- Wolves have kept clean sheets in both their recent victories, winning 1-0 each time against West Ham (Away) and Burnley (Home).
- United have scored twice in their last two Premier League wins, winning 2-0 (Burnley) and 2-1 (Watford).
- United have averaged 1.6 goals per game so far this season in the Premier League, compared to Wolves who average 1.0
- United have kept just one clean sheet so far this season, where-as Wolves better that by 1, keeping 2.
- Ruben Neves has completed 18 more passes (343) than Paul Pogba (325) in the Premier League so far.
- Lukaku has scored 4 league goals, two more than Jimenez who has 2.
- United @ 1.53
- Draw @ 3.80
- Wolves @ 6.50
It is a very tough game to call this one as it falls at the moment. You can never be sure which United will show up at this particular moment given everything going on in and around the club. Having seen a very dogged display against City, I would fancy an outside punt on Wolves/Draw on the double chance line.
Both teams to score seems like a great option as well given the history and the form in front of goal that both teams find themselves in currently. I will also be taking a look into the card markets, given that Wolves obtained two at home in the previous game, and United saw 3 yellows, two of which were for Matic who now misses this game.