With Arsenal playing on Monday evening, United could be back outside the top four by the time this game kicks off. Can they regain their place by getting a result at this year’s surprise Premier League package.
Wolves rise to these fixtures
The hosts have taken up their place as the best of the rest in the Premier League, they sit in seventh place and have been impressive throughout the campaign and have gained a great number of plaudits for not just their results; but how they achieve them.
In particular, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been exceptional against the ‘big six’. They even knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup just a couple of weeks ago. A draw against Chelsea in early March should’ve been a famous win, but for Eden Hazard’s late equaliser. It would’ve been a double over The Blues after Wolves ran out 2-1 winners earlier in the season. They knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup too, won away at Tottenham and held both Arsenal and Tuesday’s opponents Manchester United in the league. No side outside the top six has a better record against those in it than Wolves do. They’re the underdogs at a price of 3.75, with win or draw at 1.73. I see draw no bet as fantastic value at 2.75.
Wolves were poor at the weekend in their defeat to Burnley, but I expect to see them raise their game massively for this game. The crowd will be right behind them as they always are, which has made Molineux a really tough place to visit.
Ole’s at the wheel
United announced midweek that Ole Gunner Solskjaer would be their official full time manager, the baby faced assassin celebrated his graduation from caretaker with a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday.
However it was far from plain sailing and The Red Devils were extremely lucky to come away from the match with three points. They were poor going forward, with a real lack of creativity, too many times the ball was given away in midfield and Solskjaer will be wary of this fixture after seeing how his side struggled at the weekend and the success Wolves have had against United. The former United forward got the job on the basis of the team’s superb results under his stewardship. United have avoided defeat in 13 of their 14 league games since the Norwegian took the reigns and it’s that kind of success that see’s the visitors as favourites for the match at a price of 2.0.
After that poor display against Watford we may see some rotation in the ranks for United. Ander Herrera was particularly poor and now there are rumours circulating that he’s agreed to join PSG after United refused to match his wage demands, these factors may see him demoted to the bench with Fred and Scott McTominay pushing to take his place. There is some positives as it looks likely that Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard will be fit to return to the starting 11 after only making the bench on Saturday, Victor Lindelof will step back in to defence after some issues surrounding his international break.
This could go either way
United have been a different beast since OGS took over, the players are expressing themselves and playing with freedom and creativity. However Wolves have shown time and time again that they can compete with the best in the division and Man United in particular will be very aware of this. I can see both teams scoring, a selection that’s available at a price of 1.8, the call on which way it’s going to go is tight. A score draw at a price of 4.5 catches my eye as I can see these two ending on an even keel.
Raul Jimenez and Marcus Rashford would be my selections for a goal, priced at 3.25 and 2.8 respectively.
Both teams to score @ 1.8
Wolves draw no bet @ 2.75
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.29