By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 22nd September 2018
Manchester United will host Wolves this Saturday, with all eyes on whether the newly-promoted side can continue their luck against top-six sides. The highly-anticipated encounter will kick-off at 16:00 pm.
Man United vs Wolves: Predictions and Odds
The Red Devils are tipped as 13/20 favourites as part of William Hill’s Man United vs Wolves odds, whilst Nuno Espirito Santos’s side are 6/10 outsiders with a potential draw trading at 3/1.
Wolves are facing a difficult trip to the Theatre of Dreams, against a top-quality United side, yet betting tipsters are predicting them to cause problems on the attack.
Key to a potential upset will be Ruben Neves and Raul Jiminez. The former has been Wolves’s string-puller and his vision for finding those in advanced positions ahead of him, such as Jiminez, is simply spectacular.
We’ve made Jiminez our pick to score, with odds trading at 8/1, as part of our Man United vs Wolves predictions.
United will be wary of Nuno’s side but the Red Devils do possess an extremely offensive lineup and will pose Wolves problems on the counter. Players like Alexis Sanchez can take the game away from Wolves with his pace and skill on the ball.
The Chilean has been directly involved in 19 goals in 22 League appearances against promoted sides, and we’ve tipped him to score first with odds of 5/1.
Man United vs Wolves predictions: Head to head
Manchester United have won their last six league games against Wolves at Old Trafford. These include all four encounters in the Premier League that led to a 100% record picked up by Mourinho’s men.
Combine this with Wolves’s poor goal-scoring record at Old Trafford and things don’t look too promising for the Wanderers.
If they are to take anything out of this game, they will need to cut off United’s supply to Romelu Lukaku and co, whilst instigating their own attacks. A very tall order indeed.
Based on pre-match predictions and previous form, we’ve tipped United to edge what should be a close game.
Man United vs Wolves betting tips: Prediction, best bet, scorer
Predicted score: Man United to win 2-1, trading @ 7/1
Manchester United have lost just one of their last 49 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W42 D6), and are coming into this game predicted to win.
Yet despite coming up against a strong Wolves side, United will have too much to be overthrown by the Wanderers.
Mourinho’s defensive lineup has always been efficient, but in recent years the Red Devils attacking tactics have been questioned. Mourinho will want to silence their critics come Saturday, and our Man United vs Wolves predictions reckon he will do so too.
Best bet: Total number of goals scored, under 2.5
Combining the resilient defensive setups both managers follow, there is every chance that this game could produce little goals and turn into a scrappy affair.
Wolves will want to nullify United’s attack and present them with few chances, which could see them reverting to a back five when countered. Meanwhile, whilst they may not be pacey, the United fullbacks will be strong enough to cut off the Wanderer’s attack.
However, the Red Devils do possess a more potent attack, and for that reason we are betting that they will edge the game as narrow winners, scoring under 2.5 goals as part of our Man United vs Wolves predictions.
Predicted scorer: Romelu Lukaku to score first, with odds of 7/2
Man Utd forward Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games, but all of these goals have come away from home.
Nevertheless, the Belgian international has been prolific in front of goal, and we’ve tipped him to find his way on the score sheet against the Wanderers.
His physicality will be just as big of a factor as his technical play, and with odds of 7/2, we’ve foreseen him to pose a threat to Willy Boly and co.
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- Man Utd have lost three of their last five Premier League games immediately following a Champions League match (W2).
- Manchester United have lost two of their last five Premier League home games (W3), as many as they had in their previous 43 at Old Trafford combined (W28 D13 L2).
- Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored just two goals on their previous seven visits to Old Trafford in the top-flight, however those goals have come in their last two trips.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.