The marquee matchup of Tuesday’s English Premier League slate will go down in the late window this afternoon as Manchester United host Wolverhampton in an important clash between two top-half of the table sides.
It hasn’t been an easy path for Wolves to get here, as injuries and the lack of squad depth has hindered their side from playing to their true potential. But as we saw in their last time out vs. Tottenham, they are well-coached, organized, and disciplined, and can beat teams in many different ways. A 1-1 draw against Spurs was seen as a positive result for Wolves, and now they’ll look to build on that momentum against a formidable Man United side.
For the Red Devils, a draw to Leicester saw this talented group extend their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to a nearly two-month run. And while there are a fair bit of draws to inferior groups within that streak, it’s obvious this is a club that has found their footing and seem to be utilizing their unique strengths and talents. Entering this match, United sit just five points back of leaders Liverpool, with a game in hand.
With the Premier League finally delivering us with a tightly contested race top-to-bottom, all of these fixtures become more and more crucial as we get deeper into the season. The Wolves definitely seek a return to European football competitions, while Man United are now focused on winning the league entirely. While both goals might seem lofty, a positive result in Tuesday’s key clash would go a long way. Enjoy the match, and continue reading beneath the odds for further team news and a match analysis for Wolves vs. Manchester United.
Manchester United vs. Wolves Betting Odds:
Manchester United (-160)
Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Manchester United vs. Wolves Pick:
One player that Man United might have to be without as they prepare for this showdown vs. Wolves, is their top striker in Marcus Rashford. The England international has a hurt shoulder, and he remains in doubt for this contest.
Fortunately for United, they have excellent squad depth, specifically within their attack. Expect Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani to fill the void, and the veteran striker has done quite well in his early impressions at the club. He’ll be supported in attack with three playing just behind, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood. That trio enters in elite form, as their speed and power driving forward has really troubled defenses of late.
For United, their issues continue to come at the back, though the recent emergence of left wing-back Alex Telles has solidified that flank. His runs down the touchline, combined with his sweeping crosses in at goal, have made the Portuguese international a candidate for more playing time. He’s added comfort to that position, and he looks poised for another big outing vs. Wolves.
Though United have been said to be weak at the back, it’s unlikely the Wolves are a good candidate to exploit that. They’re still without their top striker in Raul Jimenez, and Fabio Silva will instead spearhead a pretty punchless attack. Expect Wolves to line-up in an identical 4-2-3-1 formation as United, though it will likely be forced to defend more often than not, given United’s preference to dominate possession.
While Wolverhampton can defend and play as a unit, few teams have been able to limit Man United over a 90-minute period, and it seems unlikely they can either. If Wolves do go down though, it seems unlikely they have the firepower or offensive talent to consistently fight back. With a thin squad already tired due to congested matches over the holidays, it’s tough to envision Wolves getting anything from their trip to Manchester. They’ll battle, but fall short – as Man United look to be the clear pick on Tuesday.