This is an all-Premier League clash and it could be an interesting one at Molineux as well. Wolves have shown plenty of strengths this season in taking on the stronger clubs in competition. Will they be able to deny Manchester United who head into the tie as favourites?
Read our Wolves v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 13/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 14th, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.)
Wolves are carrying some pretty decent form into this one. They have only lost one of their last eleven games, home and away across all competitions. So they are not going to be a pushover in this fixture by any stretch of the imagination. The home form of Wolves is actually rock solid at W5 D1 in their last six at Molineux in all competitions. During that sequence, each of the five wins saw Wolves score at least two goals. So they are going well and there was a win over Liverpool in this season’s FA Cup in that sequence, back in the third round. Following that, they took out Shrewsbury in a replay and then Bristol City.
There was 1-1 league draw at Old Trafford between them in September
Manchester United have won eight of the last ten against Wolves (D1 L1)
The last FA Cup meeting was won 3-0 by United at Molineux in 2006
United lead the FA Cup head to head W4 D2 L2
The Red Devils have had a great FA Cup campaign. It all started with a comfortable third-round home win over Reading. Then they took an away win at Arsenal and then another road success at Chelsea. So Manchester United have come through some big challenges. The Red Devils lost at Arsenal in the Premier League in their last away game. That snapped a tremendous nine-match winning streak away from home in all competitions that they were on. Manchester United have scored at least two goals in four of their last five away from Old Trafford. All three of their FA Cup wins this season have been by a two-goal margin.
Manchester United have already proven this season that they can go out on the road in FA Cup challenges against strong sides and get through. This may be no exception and Manchester United to win in the match outright at 13/10 odds is a solid proposition* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 14th, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.).
15th March 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Wolves v Manchester United
Wolves preview: This isn’t the type of fixture that the struggling Wolves need right now. They took a huge blow in a relegation battle match at home against Blackburn in their last match, a game which they lost two nil. On top of that it was pretty comfortable win for Blackburn at that, which has left Wolves really reeling. There has only been one win for Wolves now in their last fourteen Premier League starts, and in their last seven matches, five of them have ended in defeat. Just before that run, they had strung together a few results which suggested that they might be able to scrap their way out of trouble. While Mick McCarthy got the boot, fans are starting to wonder if getting rid of the man who kept them up last season by the skin of their teeth, was a good decision or not. Hosting the league leaders is just about the worst fixture they could draw at the moment. Wolves will be heavy underdogs in this match, and they suffered a 4-1 reverse at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Can Wolves play their way out of trouble? It looks unlikely because they don’t have enough goals in them, and their defence has been leaking goals left right and centre.
In the last four league matches alone, Wolves have scored three and conceded fourteen. A huge discrepancy. There have been just three home wins for Wolves this season, and the suffering fans have had to sit through nine defeats at Molinuex. There has been no win in seven now for them, and they have conceded a goal in each of their last thirteen home matches. Back on the goal scoring front, Wolves have scored seventeen home goals, but they are conceding at over a rate of two per game, which is not the kind of defensive record which you want to try and stand up against Manchester United. One thing to note about Wolves matches, is that they have only managed to score first in 18% of their games this season, which mean they have to play their way out of trouble most of the time, which is never a strong position. However, fans may recall that shock 2-1 win over the Red Devils in this fixture last season. They look a long way short of having that grit at the moment.
Manchester United Preview: Following the joy of taking top spot in the Premier League back from Manchester City, United came back down to earth on Thursday night, when they were dumped out of the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao. It wasn’t just the exit though, it was the manner of it. The Red Devils were totally outplayed by a very strong and creative Spanish side, and it looked as if there was a huge gulf in class. But that defeat has at least left Manchester United with only the Premier League title to focus on now, and that will probably make them even more dangerous. You just expect Manchester United to produce something of a response for Sir Alex Ferguson after the European fiasco this season. United are in very strong form in the Premier League, winning seven and drawing one of their last eight matches. There doesn’t seem to be any stopping them at the moment, and with the wobbles of Man City and with United having an easier run in than their rivals, the league title may well be heading back to Old Trafford.
United have produced a pretty incredible away season, in stark contrast to the last campaign. United have rattled off ten wins, three draws and just one defeat. That equates to a 71% success rate on the road, and they are scoring over two goals per game on average. It has been their very strong defence though which has made their life even easier, keeping six lean sheets away from Old Trafford this season. There is nothing wrong with United’s away from, winning three and drawing one of their last four away. That draw was the remarkable comeback from 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. United just have incredible fire-power in their ranks, and while their game looked lost in Europe this season, it is still one of the best to cope with the more physical rigours of the English Premier League. In contrast to Wolves poor stats in getting on the score sheet first, Manchester United have opened the scoring in 82% of their matches this season.
Form (most recent result last): Wolves WLDLL, Man Utd DWWWW
Wolves have produced just one win in their last fourteen games
Wayne Rooney is firing on all cylinders with seven goals in his last four EPL games
Wolves have conceded more shots on goal than any other Premier League team this season
Wolves have won two of seven Premier League matches against United
Recommended Bet: All in all, it should be a comfortable win for United because Wolves have looked down and out, as if they have nothing left to give. There has to be goals on offer for United here, so worth looking at a -1.50 Asian Handicap for 5/4 at Bet365
17th March 2012 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Saturday, 5th February – 17:30 (GMT)
TV Coverage: ESPN
Following his side’s last-gasp defeat in Bolton during the week, Mick McCarthy expressed just how frustrated he was at the final whistle by claiming that he felt ’robbed’. Daniel Sturridge latching on to a Ronald Zubar pass-back before coolly slotting past a helpless Wayne Hennessey left the Yorkshireman furious, as his side once again shot themselves straight in the foot on a night when those in close proximity all collected valuable points. And if having to see Ronald zubar on the training pitch the following day wasn’t bad enough, a quick glance at the league table would have been enough to turn the straight-talking McCarthy sick with rage – The Midlanders now rock-bottom of the Premier League and don’t even have the incentive of being able to leap out of the relegation with an unthinkable victory on Saturday.
Some are suggesting that Wednesday’s shocking defeat at Bolton was the final nail in the coffin for Wolves, who are now propping up the table and unlikely to collect too many points over the coming weeks. On Saturday, in the second LIVE clash of the day, Wolves tackle United at Molineux while the following weekend they come face-to-face with United’s closer pursuers, Arsenal, at the Emirates Stadium. Once they get past those two formidable fixtures, the list of winnable games are endless. However, by that time the gap between them and safety will have lengthened unless they produce something extraordinary against one of the aforementioned sides, which isn’t necessarily out of the question despite few actually fancying their chances.
Wolves aren’t like those around them in that they’ve had a clear preference for the high profile clashes, the meetings with the more glamorous sides, instead of bringing their A-game to the fore in the crunch clashes with those in close proximity. However, as far as this precise fixture is concerned, Wolves’ ability to give the elite clubs a run for their money doesn’t make them the forlorn hope so many believe they are to be on Saturday. Defeats to Arsenal (0-2), Chelsea (2-0) and Tottenham (3-1) were completely undeserved, while no-one should forget their stunning efforts in beating Chelsea at Molineux and Liverpool at Anfield either side of the New Year. Oh, and did we forget to mention that in the reverse meeting, back at Old Trafford, United needed a goal from Ji-Sung Park in stoppage time to down Wolves 2-1 in what turned out to be one of many hard-luck stories for the Wolves against the big hitters of the Premier League.
Mick McCarthy will be well aware of the predicament he and his team find themselves in, so he’ll have his troops fired up for Saturday’s match-up with the Premiership pacesetters. In fairness, though, rarely do we doubt their commitment to the cause. Wolves always pour their heart and soul into every match. What they are lacking in is quality at the moment, with Matt Jarvis arguably the only player with that ability to make something happen out of nothing. So we aren’t surprised to hear that the Midlanders have only plundered six goals in their last nine league games, with three of those coming in one game away at Man City, while, somewhat ironically, Ronald Zubar was the last Wolves players to score, his strike at the City of Manchester Stadium coming 185 minutes ago.
However, if you are desperate for something positive then why not take heart from Wolves’ recent upturn in form at Molineux? Granted they were spanked 3-0 by Liverpool in their last home adventure, but their recent record on home soil remains solid nonetheless, winning three of their last five league games in their own backyard, one of those being a 1-0 triumph over Chelsea as well.
The lead-up to this game has been dominated by Gary Neville’s decision decision to call time on a glittering career which saw him win everything under the sun as a Red Devil, with Sir Alex Ferguson determined to keep the stalwart at Old Trafford in some capacity. And while he’s never been our cup of tea, a player loved by his own but despised by virtually everyone else, even we recognise just how exceptional a servant he was for Manchester United, a player would say is the best right-back of his generation.
Right, with our half-hearted praise for Gary Neville out of the way, time to concentrate of his former employer’s next assignment, a trip to Molineux, where they’ve won on their previous two visits in the Premier League – Not to mention successive wins this season at Old Trafford in the league and in the Carling Cup, though both were by the slimmest of margins and required late strikes in order to seal the wins.
Wolves were one of many teams United made heavy-weather of beating in the first half of the season, Ji-Sung Park sparing the Red Devils’ blushes by scoring in stoppage time as Sir Alex breathed a huge sigh of relief in a match where he made several changes, named a weakened line-up and almost paid the penalty against a dogged, tenacious Wolves side who will be just as pumped up on Saturday as they were in the reverse. The difference this time being that Ferguson won’t ring the changes like he did last time, nor are United scraping through games like they were back them. The goals are flying in, heck even Wayne Rooney has relocated the goal-trail, while we could even throw in extra sprinkles by claiming that United have won two of their last three away matches in the league, which they have, although that would only lead you up the garden path as overall, Man Utd have won only three of their eleven matches away from Old Trafford this season (W3 D8 L0).
No-one can really understand why Sir Alex’s men have encountered so many problems on their travels. Even those three stand-out triumphs all came in fortuitous circumstances, requiring further late strikes against Stoke City (1-2) and Blackpool (2-3) while they needed West Brom to miss from the spot before finally edging that contest 2-1. At home they’ve been authoritative, outside of Manchester they’ve been unconvincing and vulnerable, to such an extent that even a trip to Molineux is no foregone conclusion.
One thing which will be interesting is how Wayne Rooney does at Molineux. The former Evertonian scored his first brace of the season on Tuesday night, taking his tally for the season to an underwhelming four in all competitions but crucially aiding his side in their bid to regain the Premiership crown. His two-goal haul and Nemanja Vidic’s thunderbolt effort sealed a commanding 3-1 victory over Aston Villa which maintained United’s dominate lead at the summit, which currently stands at five points. Arsenal are their nearest pursuer and they play a couple hours earlier, but whatever happens Alex Ferguson knows full well that Saturday’s fixture is a golden one, a game they can ill afford to drop a single point in if they’re to keep the bloodthirsty chasing pack off their back.
Recent Form (Last 5)
Premiership: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Wolves
FA Cup: Wolves 0-1 Stoke City
Premiership: Wolves 0-3 Liverpool
Premiership: Wolves 5-0 Doncaster Rovers
Premiership: Manchester City 4-3 Wolves
Premiership: Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa
Premiership: Southampton 1-2 Manchester United
Premiership: Blackpool 2-3 Manchester United
Premiership: Manchester United 5-0 Birmingham City
Premiership: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Manchester United
2010/2011 Premiership Statistics
League Position: 20th
Win-Draw-Lose: 6-3-15 (Home: 5-2-5)
Goal Difference: 24-42 (Home: 15-18)
Top Scorer: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake & Steven Fletcher (4)
Form: LWLLL (Home: WWLWL)
League Position: 1st
Win-Draw-Lose: 15-9-0 (Away: 3-8-0)
Goal Difference: 54-22 (Away: 17-14)
Top Scorer: Dimitar Berbatov (19)
Form: WDWWW (Away: DDWDW)
Head-to-Head (Last 5 Seasons):
2010/2011: Manchester United 2-1 Wolves
2009/2010: Wolves 0-1 Manchester United
2009/2010: Manchester United 3-0 Wolves
Wolves – Mick McCarthy will be delighted with news that his treatment room is no longer full to the brim with first-team personel, though Michael Kightly and Michael Manceiine remain sidelined with knee injuries. Stephen Hunt is out for around another fortnight with a calf problem. McCarthy is likely to go with two up front on Saturday, as opposed to just the one in midweek away at Bolton, so either/both Sylvan Ebanks-Blake or Steven Fletcher will be drafted in. Nenad Milijas and Jamie O’Hara are also pushing for a starting berth after both started Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Bolton on the bench.
Manchester United – Before Tuesday, Sir Alex Ferguson would have been forgiven for showing favourtism with Javier Hernandez over the club’s highest earner, Wayne Rooney. However, Rooney’s two-goal haul against Aston Villa during the week means he’s now a certainty to start barring injury, alongside nineteen-goal forward Dimitar Berbatov, whose lead at the top of the scoring charts was reduced to four during the week. Gary Neville won’t be involved on Saturday, nor any other match day for that matter, the United great deciding now was the perfect time to announce his retirement from football with immediate affect. Rafael should return to the squad though may not initially start; Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves remain long term absentee’s.
Match Prediction: Manchester United to WIN – 1.45 Unibet
It’s top versus bottom at tea-time on Saturday and with their situation looking bleak, the jury is already out on whether Wolves can defy the drop for the second successive season. Meanwhile United are still there to be shot at and with their lead at the summit perhaps a little too cosy, even though the bigger the better as far as United fans are concerned, is there hope for the home side that complacency may creep into the away dressing room? After all, away from home is where the mighty Reds have looked their most vulnerable this season.
Credit to Wolves, there haven’t been too many games this season where they have been rolled over. Mick McCarthy’s charges have been competitive in virtually every fixture and could tell folk more hard-luck stories than any other top-flight club. However, while Lady Luck continues to ignore them, Wolves won’t have too many admirers as far as the punters are concerned.
United, on the other hand, have been blowing teams away of late, although they haven’t comprehensively beaten a team away from home all season. Even small-timers Blackpool pushed them to the brink of relinquishing their season-long unbeaten record at Bloomfield Road two weeks ago, so the Red Devils are by no means certainties in a fixture which, on paper at least, they should win with something to spare.
We have our doubts, as they are there in black and white, but we still can’t take our eyes away from another Manchester United victory. It will probably be another close-run thing, as Wolves are desperate for some points and will be giving absolutely everything for the cause on Saturday. However their determination to succeed isn’t likely to equate into points, so United to win this one I’m afraid.
Value Bet: Wayne Rooney First Goalscorer – 4.75 Bet365
Is he back? He’s been playing well for a little while now though without previously finding the back of the net, rarely looking like he would in actual fact. But his two-goal haul in midweek should have given him a taste for goals so I expect him to be sniffing out more goalmouth spoils on Saturday at Molineux.
Wolves – 8.50 Bet365
Draw – 4.50 SportingBet
Manchester United – 1.45 Unibet
3rd February 2011 / Matt - Category: Premiership Betting