Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) previews Wolves v Man United and provides us with his best bets for Monday night’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Wolves v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 19/08/19
- Venue: Molineux
- Channel: Sky Sports
The first Monday Night Football of the season sees United travel to the Molineux to face Wolves, as both sides look to build on decent showings in the opening weekend of the season.
Wolves were the first team to suffer at the hands of the new handball in the box rule, as VAR ruled out what looked to be the winner from Dendoncker against Leicester City. As for United, they managed an impressive 4-0 victor over Chelsea at home, even if the score line slightly flattered the home side.
Wolves were incredibly difficult to beat at home in all competitions last season and were also a team that loved the big games. In all competitions at home, they beat United twice, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and drew with Manchester City. They lost just five of their 19 home games in the league, averaging 1.5 goals a game at home.
Once the ‘wheels’ came off the Ole Solskjaer bus, United’s away form tumbled. They won just one of their last five away games in the league, including a drubbing at Everton and a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. They conceded nine goals in those last four away games, but the signing of Maguire should sure up that defence.
Maguire was man of the match in the game against Chelsea and the addition of Wan-Bissaka gives them more attacking threat out wide. However, United looked ropey themselves in possession and at the back against Chelsea and probably should have been down at half-time.
Wolves are full of attacking quality themselves and this has the makings of being an entertaining watch. Both sides are odds-against ahead of kick-off and id be tempted by both prices, especially Wolves at 5/2. United at 13/10 could be a price you wouldn’t want to turn down either, especially after their results against Chelsea.
Nuno Espírito Santo has a full squad to chose from.
Eric Bailly and Alexis Sanchez are ruled out for Man Utd.
Potential Wolves Starting XI: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota
Potential United Starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay; Lingard, Pereira, Rashford; Martial
Head To Head
- Wolves beat United in both games held at the Molineux last season, one being the league match and the other an FA Cup quarter-final. United haven’t beaten Wolves in a competitive game since 2012.
- Wolves – 5/2
- Draw – 12/5
- United – 13/10
As I pointed out, both the 5/2 available for Wolves and the 13/10 for United appeal equally. Wolves’ record last season against the ‘Top 6’ at home was very good (W3 D1 L2) and they scored 10 goals in those six games (1.6 goals a game).
As for United, they really struggled to keep clean sheets last season but the signing of Maguire definitely strengthens that area and I think they will be better at the back. I do think, however, that Wolves will score, especially as they only failed to not score in four of their home games in the league last season. They managed two against United twice last season and I am going to go with Wolves scoring exactly one goal, which can be found at 6/4 with Bet365.
I think United are stronger in defence but not enough to keep a clean sheet and I also think that United will also have some joy going forward. An open game with goals I think, but I’m going to go with Wolves scoring exactly one goal at 6/4.