Wolves vs Manchester United Premier League Predictions

Premier League Wolves vs Man Utd
Wolves vs Manchester United Premier League

The match is over.
Score: 2-1.

Manchester United visit dangerous Wolves looking for a better performance than the one that came in a laboured win over Watford, with the home side aiming to get back to winning ways after defeat to Burnley.

Predictions

Ole Gunnar’s Solskjaer’s tenure as permanent United manager got off to a winning start at the weekend, but not necessarily a good start – Watford tested United repeatedly, recording more shots than the Red Devils and returning home with a larger share of possession, just none of the points.

Wolves couldn’t get past resolute Burnley in their weekend fixture as Burnley did to Wolves what Wolves have done repeatedly to other teams this season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are masters of the counter-attack but had to take the initiative at Turf Moor, having two-thirds of the ball but failing to create much of note with it. United should at least allow Wolves more space in which to play.

United travelled to the Midlands less than a month ago for an FA Cup quarter-final, and were dumped out of the competition after goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford scored in injury time for United, but it was too little, too late. If United are to force their way into the Premier League’s top four this season, they have to have learned from that experience.

Wolves’ return to the top flight has been a successful one almost no matter what happens between now and the end of the season, and Santo has produced one of the most exciting teams in the division. A Europa League place is far from out of the question and would be a just reward, with a second win over United in less than a month also something to get the home fans excited about.

Nuno must however be a little concerned about his side’s recent form – while beating United and drawing with Chelsea get the attention and are definitely strong results, they lost to relegated Huddersfield without scoring at the end of February, and were tame against Burnley too. Perhaps Wolves need a big-time opponent such as United to really get them going.

If that is the case then United fit that bill, and a swashbuckling Wolves performance should follow. But United need to up their game too, so expect end-to-end stuff and a fair few goals – a 2-2 draw could be forthcoming.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Both teams scored when the sides met in March, and the September meeting at Old Trafford also saw both teams net in a 1-1 draw. Both sides want the win, and both sides are better on the attack than sitting back, which points to a score draw and top bookmakers will be well aware of that. 888Sport price the draw and both teams to score at 18/5.

Wolves have scored twice in their last two home games, netted three against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, three against West Ham and four against Leicester. United, meanwhile, have failed to score in only one of Solskjaer’s league games in charge. All the signs point to goals, and 10Bet price over 3.5 of them at 5/2.

Statistics

Head to Head

Wolves’ win in March was their first over United since they met in 2011, when George Elokobi and Kevin Doyle cancelled out Luis Nani’s opener.

United went on to beat Wolves 4-1 the next season, and won 5-0 at Molineux in March 2012 as well.

Stats

  • Wolves go into the fixture with a goal difference of exactly 0 – they’ve scored 38 times this season, and conceded 38 times as well.
  • United have conceded more than Wolves – 41 times – but their +19 goal difference comes by virtue of scoring 60 times.
  • Wolves have picked up the joint-most yellow cards in the Premier League this season – 61, the same amount as Burnley and Southamtpon. United are second with 60, the same total as Watford.
  • But despite their number of cautions, Wolves have had only one player sent off this season. United, meanwhile, have had three – still some way short of Leicester’s five.
By:James Cooke

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

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