Sunday, March 3, 2024

Prediction: Manchester United vs Wolves

Verdict: Manchester United win

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Looking to make an early statement at Old Trafford on Monday night, Manchester United will welcome Wolves to town for their opening Premier League appearances of the season.

Manchester United

Starting with the hosts, while Manchester United might have failed to find much stability during their pre-season tour of the United States, the Red Devils certainly impressed many on their maiden campaign under Erik ten Hag last year. Eventually cruising their way to a much-needed Champions League return and also ending their six-year trophy drought as they were crowned EFL Cup winners back in February. Signing off the 2022/23 campaign with a real domestic flurry as they won each of their final four Premier League appearances, the former Ajax boss also saw his side gain a reputation for their continued success on home soil. In fact, on a run that is highlighted by a stellar 4-1 romp against fellow English heavyweights Chelsea on May 23rd, it should be noted that Manchester United lost just a single top-flight showdown at Old Trafford last season.

Team News

Really breaking the bank this summer, the trio of Rasmus Hojlund, Andre Onana and England international Mason Mount will all make their full Manchester United debuts on Monday night.

Notching 30 goals across all competitions last season and breaking a string of records, attacking talisman Marcus Rashford will spearhead ten Hag’s charge at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old will likely be joined in the final third by Hojlund.

Wolves

As for the visitors, while Wolves might have eventually cruised their way to Premier League safety last season, Julen Lopetegui’s men are dealing with some rather glaring issues behind the scenes at Molineux. Signing off the 2022/23 campaign with a woeful 5-0 drumming at the hands of Arsenal, the one-time Real Madrid boss could face another stern test this time around. Winning just one of their final five Premier League appearances, the Golds also showed a host of struggles on the road last year. Including a 6-0 defeat away at Brighton back on April 22nd and losing their last four away fixtures by an aggregate score of 15-1, it should also be noted that Wolves mustered just a pair of victories outside of the Midlands last season. With many around Molineux fearing that their side could be at the heart of another relegation scrap, there is no doubt that Lopetegui’s side face a heavyweight opening showdown here.

Team News

Welcoming back former defender Matt Doherty this summer in what was a free transfer, the Ireland international should start at right-back on Monday night. Making his loan switch from Atletico Madrid a permanent one, Brazil international Matheus Cunha will spearhead Wolves’ attack here.

Watching midfield talisman Ruben Neves make the move to Saudi Arabia this summer, ex-Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore will likely start in the middle of the park.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last met back on May 13th, Manchester United picked up a routine 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.
    • Likewise, Monday’s hosts have won five of their last six meetings against Wolves across all competitions.
    • Wolves have recorded just a single win against Manchester United from their last 10 attempts – a run that stems back to April 2019.
    • Monday’s guests recorded just a pair of Premier League victories away from Molineux last season.
    • Manchester United suffered just a single Premier League defeat at Old Trafford during the 2022/23 campaign.

    Conclusion

    Storming their way to a Champions League return last season, Manchester United will be smelling a golden chance to make another domestic statement here. Gaining a fearsome reputation for their continued success at Old Trafford and suffering just a single Premier League defeat on home soil last season, ten Hag’s men are rightfully tipped as a standout contender on Monday night. Landing a routine 2-0 victory when they last welcomed Wolves to the red half of Manchester back on May 13th, it should also be noted that United have lost just one of their last 10 straight meetings against Wolves – a run that stems all the way back to April 2019.

    Verdict: Manchester United win

    Best Odds: 4/11

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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