Can Wolves summon the grit and determination that has seen them compete with many of the top six this season or will it be further progression of Solskjaer’s Manchester United?
In their last match, Wolves led until almost the last kick of the game when Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Wolves won in the reverse fixture 2-1 at Molineux, in the FA Cup they knocked out Liverpool, and in the league they held Saturday’s opponents to a 1-1 draw. Wolves appear to relish the challenge of a big game, with Nuno Espirito Santo really getting his players fired up for these occasions. Saturday may just be their biggest of the season so one thing is for certain in this game; they’ll be right up for it.
The Wanderers currently hold the title of the best of the rest in the Premier league as they occupy seventh place in the table and have been one of the feel good stories of the season, winning themselves a lot of admirers in the process. With just one defeat in their last 11 in all competitions, they’ve really put themselves forward as contenders to win the FA Cup, and with such an open tournament, why can’t they?
Fancy Wolves to upset the odds? They’re priced at 2.2 to qualify.
After their heroic exploits in the Champions League, United returned to Premier League action against top four rivals: Arsenal. The side looked tired, they struggled with the pace of the game and much of it passed them by, particularly in the first half. With so many injury problems, Solskjaer was unable to rotate and refresh the way he would’ve ideally wanted to. Their injury list continues to grow, with teenager Mason Greenwood even making a substitute appearance against PSG.
Another reshuffle will take place for this game as Romelu Lukaku became the most recent name to be added to the injury list. Ashley Young is suspended as well which means Diogo Dalot will continue at right back with Andreas Perreira staring in midfield. Ander Herrera does look set to return in the midfield alongside Pogba, and Nemanja Matic who was picked out as looking particularly off the pace against Arsenal. Jesse Lingard is also back for this game, but it’s unlikely that he’ll feature after he was rushed back to action too quickly during the game against Liverpool.
Anthony Martial is set to return to the starting 11 and will join Marcus Rashford in attack, the Frenchman will be keen to make an impact, he’s priced at 3.2 to score anytime and 7.0 to score first.
Wolves are at full strength and will adopt their usual 3-5-2 shape. Wolves will looks to their wingbacks to cause United problems, Ruben Vinagre looks likely to come in on the left with Matt Doherty operating from the right hand side.
It should be close
United have scored at least twice in eight of their last nine FA Cup matches. Of all the sides in the Premier League, only two have been involved in more goals on average per game than Manchester United. Wolves haven’t had a single clean sheet throughout the entire campaign. However a lot of their games have been quite tight, they have the lowest percentage of games over 2.5 goals in the league. Wolves strength against the big sides has been maintaining their solid shape and frustrating the opposition and then displaying their quality once they grind out the opportunity to do so. Under 2.5 goals may be the way to go here, as Wolves will take the same approach to this game regardless of United’s selection problems. Under 2.5 goals is available at 1.73.
Draw @ 3.3
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.73
Wolves +1 handicap @ 1.62