Premier League: Wolverhampton vs Manchester United preview


Manchester United will be looking for revenge on Tuesday evening when they visit the Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium in the Premier League. The two teams have last met in the FA Cup quarter-finals roughly two weeks ago and the Wolves won that match 2-1 with goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, while Marcus Rashford scored a consolation goal for the Red Devils. The reverse Premier League fixture was played in September and it ended 1-1, Fred scored the opening goal for Man United and Joao Moutinho bagged the equalizer for Wolverhampton. Overall, Manchester United have won three of the last six direct meetings in all competitions, while the Wolves have won two.

Wolverhampton are having a wonderful season to celebrate their return to the Premier League after six years, they are in seventh place after having played 31 matches and have also qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup. If they finish the season in their current position in the Premier League table they would most likely qualify for the UEFA Europa League, and that would be their first participation in a continental competition since 1981. However, last weekend they lost 2-0 at Burnley and that result ended their three-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Ryan Bennett is suspended for this match but there are no injury worries for the home side.

Manchester United are looking to record their second consecutive league win and stay afloat in the race for a top-four finish as they are currently tied on 61 points with Tottenham and just one point above Chelsea. Last weekend the Red Devils grabbed a 2-1 victory over Watford with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, a more than welcome breath of fresh air after back-to-back defeats to Arsenal in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup. Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard made the bench at the weekend and now they should be ready for the first eleven, while Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are expected to miss out through injury.

Probable line-ups:

Wolves: Patricio - Saiss, Coady, Boly - Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny - Jimenez, Jota

Man United: De Gea - Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw - Herrera, Matic, Pogba - Lingard - Lukaku, Rashford

My prediction: 1-1 draw, the Wolves are very difficult to beat at Molineux and Manchester United haven't been too impressive lately.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Wolves win - 4.00
Draw - 3.60
Man United win - 2.00

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