Wolves v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 02/04/19
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Wolves v Manchester United and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday night's clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.
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Wolves v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 02/04/19
- Time: 19:45pm
- Venue: Molineux
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Wolves have arguably their biggest game of the season at the weekend as they head Wembley way to take on Watford in the FA cup semi-final. Whether they rest key players for that game is yet to be known but they'll fancy themselves given their strong record against the leagues elite.
It wasn't long ago that these two faced off in the FA cup quarter finals with Wolves running out comfortable winners in the end. Even though United had the lions share of possession in that game, you felt like Wolves were always in control. It's a tactic they can possibly employ once again and they have the requisite players and engrained system to do so.
Nuno has opted for a 3-5-2 formation with ball playing centre halves and full backs who regularly get themselves into the final third. It's a versatile system that all the players are comfortable with and it's no surprise they're having a strong campaign.
Ole now has two hands firmly on the wheel after being given the full time gig at Old Trafford over the international break. His first permanent game saw United get back to winning ways at home to Watford this weekend but it wasn't overly convincing and Javi Gracia's men probably deserved a point in all honesty.
Watford out-shot the hosts 20-8 but most were from distance as shown in the xG battle which United won 2.4-1.3. Paul Pogba didn't impress all that much with recent speculation linking him with Real Madrid, Red Devils will hope that doesn't affect his performances.
Ryan Bennett is still banned so Romain Saiss is likely to deputise once again. Raul Jiminez and Matt Doherty are expected to return.
Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard are expected to return to the side after only making the bench at the weekend. Anthony Martial has shaken off a knock and is fit to play.
Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Alexis Sanchez remain unavailable for the visitors.
Potential Wolves Starting XI: Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Jota, Jimenez.
Potential Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku.
Key Stats & Facts
- 6 of the last 7 meetings between these two have seen three or more goals.
- Wolves have taken more points off the ‘big six' than any other 14 sides in the league.
- Paul Pogba has been involved in 5 of United's last 8 goals on the road.
- Wolves – 3/1
- Draw – 13/5
- Manchester United – 21/20
With Wolves so good against the top 6, there's no way I can justify backing the away side as short as even-money. Instead I will take the 10/11 (Bet365) that both sides notch. It landed in the last meeting between the pair as well as earlier in the season at Old Trafford.
I'm also happy to dip into the cards market and there's a player that looks a touch too big in my opinion and that's Wolves' Irish right wing back Matt Doherty. He's picked up 4 cautions this season which is about average for a defender but with the majority of United's play coming down the left hand side he could have his hands full.
Doherty is a bulbous 7/1 (Bet365) to be carded and I expected more of a 4/1 quote to be honest. There were a massive 8 bookings a fortnight ago in the cup so both seem keen for a battle.
I'm happy to have a punt on a 9/1 shot using bet365's BetBuilder by following similar lines. We can combine BTTS, both teams over 1 card, both teams over 3 corners and we get a 9/1 quote.
The same bet is 13/2 elsewhere so it looks a fantastic price with bet365. This bet landed in the last meeting in the cup. Both create plenty and both will once again be going for it with stuff to play for. It has to be worth a point.