Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Prediction: Draw and both teams to score

Odds: 9/2

Bookmaker: William Hill

Manchester United will be aiming to recapture second place in the Premier League on Tuesday evening as they come up against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are currently in the midst of a promising run of form so will be aiming to build upon that against a Wolves side who are really struggling to find some consistency.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men come into the meeting with Wolves off the back of an impressive run of form in the Premier League. Their 2-2 draw at Leicester on Boxing Day extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches since their 1-0 reverse at the hands of Arsenal. Despite that, Manchester United could have felt slightly frustrated that their tremendous winning run on their travels was halted at the King Power Stadium having led twice. Regardless of their imperious form on the road, Old Trafford has not quite been a happy hunting ground in recent months. The Red Devils have only won two matches at home in the Premier League all season. Their last game at Old Trafford did see them claim three points though against great rivals Leeds United – hitting the Whites for six. Manchester United now have the opportunity to notch back-to-back home wins in the Premier League for the first time since July.

Team News

There could be a few changes from Solskjaer due to the scheduling of this game and a few injury worries. Centre-back Victor Lindelof was withdrawn at the King Power Stadium so could sit this game out and joins fellow defenders Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo on the sidelines. In his absence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return to the starting line-up having been left out against Leicester. Meanwhile, attackers Daniel James and Marcus Rashford are set to be subject to late fitness tests.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Just when it looks like Wolves are set to get a good run of form going, inconsistency again strikes, which has been the story of their season. The Black Country outfit have only managed to win six out of their opening 15 matches of the season and just two out of their last eight following the last gasp draw against Tottenham Hotspur last time out. For all of their faults this season though, Wolves have shown character in recent weeks having netted a late winning goal against Chelsea before Christmas, whilst also managing to hit back against Spurs. Nuno will be hoping that this time around, his team do not have to come back from behind yet again having conceded the opening goal in their last five matches. They have also not managed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last eight league games.

Team News

Long-term absentees are still continuing to hamper Wolves, with the likes of Jonny Otto, Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker all still out. Willy Boly is also unlikely to feature. The club have not yet won a game this season in which he has not featured.

Key Facts To Consider

  • Manchester United have the better all-time head-to-head record between the two sides (W49, D20, L36)
  • The last match between the two ended 0-0 in February
  • Since Wolves’ promotion, there has only been 1.4 goals scored per game in matches between the two in all competitions
  • The away side has not found the net in each of the last three matches between the two sides
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers have not managed to win at Old Trafford in over 30 years

 Conclusion

Considering their recent home record against Wolves, Manchester United will be quietly confident in earning three points against their stuttering opponents. However, the Red Devils have not been too inspiring at home this season. It would not be a surprise to see this game end level.

Prediction: Draw and both teams to score

Odds: 9/2

Bookmaker: William Hill

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Orme


Daniel is a football journalism graduate from the University of Derby. He has been freelance writing for approximately six years now and brings considerable experience. A season ticket holder at local club Leicester City, he witnessed the Foxes miraculously lifting the Premier League trophy in the 2015/16 campaign.

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