Manchester United continued their quest for FA Cup glory with a battling 4-2 win over Newport County on Sunday afternoon, while Wolves came through a testing black country derby, eventually winning 2-0 after a lengthy delay due to crowd trouble.
Both in the hat for the fifth round, now they will turn their attention back to Premier League matters. It’s been a rocky season for United so far, and they currently sit in 8th, 11 points behind the top four. Meanwhile, Wolves are in 11th and will go above Erik ten Hag’s men if they can secure all three points.
We’ve taken a look at this fixture and put forward a couple of betting selections.
Joao Gomes is suspended for this one while Pablo Sarabia is expected to return from his calf issue. Hwang Hee-Chan remains at the Asia Cup while Boubacar Traore is also away on international duty. Aside from that, Gary O’Neill has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Manchester United will welcome back Andre Onana for this one after Cameroon were knocked out of the AFCON, while Sofyan Amrabat remains at the tournament with Morocco. Anthony Martial is out for ten weeks, Mason Mount is on his way back to fitness and Victor Lindelof should be able to return to the matchday squad soon. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen what Ten Hag does with Marcus Rashford, after leaving him out for the cup win due to ill-discipline.
Wolves are 13/8 to win this match, with the away side Manchester United priced at 6/4. A draw can be backed at 5/2, over 2.5 goals is 4/6 and BTTS is 4/7.
Wolves to win @ 13/8
Wolves are on an impressive run and haven’t lost since the 17th December. We saw against West Brom how they were able to handle an intense atmosphere and get the job done, and now on home soil, they will fancy their chances against Manchester United. O’Neil deserves huge credit once again for the job he has done, given where Wolves were ahead of the start of the season.
United still look shaky at times, and are so inconsistent it is impossible to back them. Bruno Fernandes is a wonderful player but this is a squad that hasn’t been able to deliver this term. Conceding two against Newport County is hardly going to fill them with confidence and now with another player issue in the form of Rashford, Ten Hag could come under even more pressure. I’m backing Wolves to win a close encounter at 13/8.
Wolves 1-0 Man Utd @ 9/1
1-0, 2-0, 0-1, 0-1, 0-1, 1-2, 1-0, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0.
No, my computer hasn’t malfunctioned - they really are the last ten results from Wolves vs Manchester United games, across all competitions. Since 2019, these games have been drastically dull, with just 11 goals stretched across those ten matches.
It’s arguably the worst fixture the Premier League has to offer in terms of entertainment. Despite the attacking talent on show, we could be in for more of the same here.
A one-goal win is the most likely outcome and given I believe Wolves will edge this one, the price of 9/1 on a 1-0 home win feels large. I’m happy to get behind that one, while the 11/10 on offer for under 2.5 goals is also worth backing, given the lack of goals across this fixture’s recent past.
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