Kick-off: 1730, 01/02/2020
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United return to Premier League action against Wolves after a couple of fine cup wins but those games could take a toll on the Red Devils.
United had to play on a poor pitch at Tranmere in the FA Cup, while chasing neighbours City around is always tiring, so we fear the fatigue factor here.
Punters can get 19/4 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game and that is tempting enough to be our first Man Utd vs Wolves prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United had to ride their luck at times at Etihad Stadium but threatened to pull off a stunning comeback in that EFL Cup tie when Nemanja Matic put them ahead on the night and made it 3-2 on aggregate.
Unfortunately, Matic went from hero to zero when sent off on 76 minutes and it was always going to be tough for the Red Devils from there on.
Matic will now be suspended for this game and United did look weary at the final whistle, which is especially worrying with Wolves having had nine days to prepare.
An upcoming winter break will help, but captain Harry Maguire admitted: “I think you saw in the second half that we looked a bit tired in our pressing.
“It is one last big push, we need a big result against Wolves, we need to come out fighting and put on a performance.”
The hosts are always a threat going forward, but 23/4 for an away win and both teams to score is another attractive price from the Man Utd vs Wolves odds.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Lingard, Fred, Matic, Martial, Greenwood.
New signing Bruno Fernandes comes straight into the United squad following his big-money move from Sporting Lisbon. Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe remain sidelined, while Marcos Rojo has left to join Estudiantes on loan.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford in a recent FA Cup replay, but that was a 50-50 match which could have gone either way.
These familiar foes will now do battle for the seventh time in just over 15 months and Wanderers were unbeaten in the previous five.
The Midlands outfit bounced back from that effort when coming from 2-0 down at the interval to beat Southampton 3-2 away.
They also gave Liverpool a good test at Molineux, with Raul Jimenez cancelling out Jordan Henderson’s early opener, only for Roberto Firmino to give the Reds a hard-fought win.
Wolves have bolstered their ranks by completing the signing of winger Daniel Podence from Olympiacos on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of £17million.
He becomes the 10th Portuguese player within manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s current squad and is part of the same Sporting Lisbon academy that produced goalkeeper Rui Patricio and midfielder Joao Moutinho.
The 24-year-old said: “Wolves are a team with ambitious goals to look forward to, where I’ll get to meet former team-mates with whom I had the pleasure to play with in the past and I hope to be very successful here.”
Slow starts have been a big problem for the visitors, but that could make 35/1 for them to be losing at half-time and still win worth a speculative punt in our Man Utd vs Wolves betting tips.
That was the case in their last two away victories at Norwich and Southampton, plus United could fade if their cup exploits catch up with them.
Last Wolves line-up: Rui Patricio, Doherty, Coady, Jonny, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Jimenez, Traore.
Willy Boly will return to the Wolves squad having been out since October with a broken fibula.
Man City 0-1 MAN UTD – Nemanja Matic
WOLVES 1-2 Liverpool – Raul Jimenez
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