Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Wolves v Manchester United

FA Cup: Sat, 16/03  Stadium: Molineux Stadium

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Wolverhampton to win or the draw over 90 minutes looks an appealing 8/13 with Bet365, or further hedge your bets and back Wolves to win with a +1 handicap at the same 8/13, also with Bet365. The in-form Raul Jimenez is the man most likely to trouble Man Utd, and can be backed to score anytime at 15/8 with Betfair.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

The second of two all Premier League FA Cup ties pitches twelve times winners Manchester United against four times winners Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves continue to spook top six

After gaining promotion to the Premier League, most fans and probably the manager and players alike would have settled for Wolves to retain their top flight status, even if it meant finishing one point outside the relegation places. Not only will Wolves be staying up, but they have their sights firmly set on finishing in the top seven and finishing top of the pack of teams outside the established top six, in what has been a remarkable return to the top flight.

Even more impressive has been the ability of the newly promoted side to consistently prove a thorn in the side of the top six teams, and take points from them. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea meant they have taken four points off the Blues, and they also have a creditable draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal to their name. Even more impressively they have beaten Tottenham at their adopted home Wembley, and taken points off both Manchester clubs. Indeed Liverpool is the only side not to have dropped points against them so far, although the Reds will be looking at their last day fixture against Wolves as anything but a home banker, especially if the Premier League title is on the line that day.

Red Devils look to return to winning ways

Manchester United come into this fixture off the back of a rare defeat under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, only the second one they have suffered under his tenure. The 2-0 loss at Arsenal last time came off the back of a week which saw them miraculously turn around a 3-1 Champions League deficit against Paris Saint Germain, and understandably they looked tired both physically and mentally. They will need to come out of the blocks a lot quicker in this game and attempt to quieten what is likely to be a vociferous home crowd, and a home team brimming with confidence and quality.

Team News

Romelu Lukaku is reportedly struggling with an ankle injury picked up against PSG, which flared up again in the defeat against Arsenal. If he is unable to start, Anthony Martial, who himself is recently returned from injury, will be pressed into action alongside Marcus Rashford. Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard are further options missing in attack, whilst captain Ashley Young is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the competition.

Wolves have no such problems and look likely to have the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo must decide whether to keep faith with John Ruddy in goal, the veteran being limited FA Cup appearances only this season, or go with regular stopper Rui Patricio. Defender Ryan Bennett is also available despite being in the middle of a two match ban, with the suspension not applying to the FA Cup.

Wolves can cause another shock

This season has already seen numerous shocks and stunning results in both the FA Cup and knockout stages of the Champions League, and Wolves can definitely add to that list on Saturday. With United struggling with injuries, the home team will rarely be afforded a better chance to beat their more illustrious opposition. Wolves are unlikely to be caught on the counter attack as a number of United’s recent victims in the FA Cup such as Chelsea and Arsenal have been, and the Red Devils will have to be the team that comes out and play a bit more. It promised to be a tight affair with all the hallmarks of another potential classic FA Cup shock.

Wolverhampton to win or the draw over 90 minutes looks an appealing 8/13 with Bet365, or further hedge your bets and back Wolves to win with a +1 handicap at the same 8/13, also with Bet365. The in-form Raul Jimenez is the man most likely to trouble Man Utd, and can be backed to score anytime at 15/8 with Betfair.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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