Wolves v Manchester United – Sunday, 18th March 201217th March 2012 / lee
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
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