McCarthy to strike Gold at Old Trafford?
Peter Cech described his Saturday afternoon keeping the Wolves at bay as his busiest game in years. The visitors at the Bridge managed to create a number of openings in front of goal but could not find a way past the giant Czech goalie.
Mick McCarthy's men were stubborn in defence will need to perform at that same level as they now travel to Old Trafford to face the League Cup holders Manchester United.
United defeated a spirited Scunthorpe side 5-2 to progress through while Wolves earned their place in the draw by overcoming Notts County at Molineux.
United are priced at 1/3 to win the game, just as they did a year ago when Wolves were defeated 1-0 in a third round encounter. A repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 8/1 on the Correct Score market. The Midlanders will be hoping to avenge that loss and are 8/1 to do so.
Considering the team that Sir Alex could put out, I feel that Wolves have a very good chance of causing a shock and are certainly a better team than the 8s suggest.
The last time these two teams met in Manchester it was McCarthy who rested his stars, naming only a handful of his first teamers for the match. This time round I can see the former Republic of Ireland manager deploying his best players in what could prove to be a great chance to dethrone the holders.
The main man for Man Utd on Sunday was Javier ‘Chicharrito' Hernandez. The Little Pea scored both goals away at Stoke as United claimed a hard fought three points at the Britannia. The Mexican is 7/2 to open the scoring if selected but as with many Carling Cup matches the team selection can greatly differ with squad rotation coming in to play.
Federico Macheda (4/1) and Darron Gibson (13/2) gave remained on the fringes of the squad this season and could play a more prominent role against Wolves as Ferguson looks to keep his players fit and happy.
Wolves will be looking to the likes of Kevin Doyle (11/1), Steven Fletcher (11/1) and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (12/1) to fire in the goals. Hardly prolific as a team in front of goal, Fletcher is the club's leading scorer with just three strikes to his name. As with the the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, effort and application was evident in abundance but the final ball and the prowess in front of goal was sadly lacking.
I genuinely have a sneaking suspicion that Wolves could do very well in this match. I will be having a little dabble on Total Match Goals with under 2.5 at 13/8 but I feel that the real value lies with Wolves +2 goals in the Handicap market.