Friday, October 18, 2019

Prediction: Wolves vs Manchester United

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: Bet365

Knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup last month, Wolves will once again host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Tuesday night.

Wolves

Starting with the hosts, coming off the back of a surprise 2-0 defeat away at Burnley on Saturday, Wolves will know that they must immediately refind their form if they want to secure European football this season. With only their goal difference keeping them in the lucrative seventh spot, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have shown some brief inconsistencies in the Premier League at the back end of the campaign. Despite a 2-1 win over Manchester United securing an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Watford later in the month, Wolves have won just one of their last six top-flight appearances. Despite their minor blip, the Oranges have continued to shine on home soil. They are unbeaten in seven home games in all competitions, winning six of those contests. While Raul Jiminez’s goalscoring form might be stealing the headlines in the Midlands, one man to watch on Tuesday could be the inform Diogo Jota. The 22-year-old has contributed five goals and three assists in his last six league games at Molineux.

Team News

Wolves central defender Ryan Bennett is available after a two-match suspension.

Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty are both expected to start, having featured as substitutes at the weekend, but several other regulars may be rested ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, although new permanent boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that his side were not at their best over the weekend, Manchester United managed to pick up a 2-1 win over Watford. With a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona on the horizon, the Red Devils also once again find themselves in the top four. Ending their two-match losing run prior to the international break, the Norweigan icon will be looking for his side to improve on their recent defensive record. Shipping two when they made the trip to Molineux last month, United have failed to record a single clean sheet in any of their last six matches across all competitions. However, continuing to shine in the final third, one man to watch on Tuesday will be England international Marcus Rashford. Finding the net on Saturday, the forward now has two in his last three and will once again lead the line in the absence of Romelu Lukaku.

Team News

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial has shaken off the knock he picked up on Saturday, while Victor Lindelof is available.

Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Matteo Darmian remain out.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Wolves have won just one of their last six league matches (D3, L2).
  • They are unbeaten in seven home games in all competitions, winning six of them.
  • Wolves have earned 10 points against the established top six, more than any of the other teams outside that group (W2, D4, L3).
  • Paul Pogba has been directly involved in five of United’s last eight league goals, scoring two and setting up three.
  • Since his United debut in February 2016, Marcus Rashford has scored 45 goals for the club in all competitions, more than any other player.

Conclusion

With plenty of action in both of their previous meetings this season, we’re backing another lively encounter on Tuesday night. With neither side recording a clean sheet in their last 10 matches combined, Molineux should produce plenty of chance in midweek. Backing both teams to score at 10/11 seems like the smartest bet here.

Verdict: Both teams to score 

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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