Manchester United return to Premier League action after impressing in a couple of cup games, but Wolves could prove a difficult opposition yet again.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 1st, February
Kick-off: 18:30 pm
Venue: Old Trafford
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 win over their Manchester rivals, City in an EFL Cup replay on Wednesday, a victory which proved too little to guarantee them passage to the final, having lost out 3-2 on aggregate. They had earlier hit Tranmere Rovers for six three days prior to that one, and there could be a feeling fatigue would gradually be settling in, as having to play three games in the space of just seven days is no easy feat.
Yet, the performance against Pep Guardiola’s team was particularly solid though it was marred late on when goalscorer on the night Nemanja Matic was issued his marching orders and the midfielder could be a big miss here in light of United’s limited options in midfield.
Wolves have had a long time to prepare for this game, and will very much fancy their chances against Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side, with the two level on points coming into this one.
The visitors nearly scared the bejesus out of Liverpool last time out, with talismanic striker Raul Jimenez cancelling out Jordan Henderson’s opener at the Molineux, before Roberto Firmino popped up with a late winner.
Nuno Espirito Santo has gone on to strengthen in the winter market, with Daniel Podence arriving from Olympiacos on a long-term deal, and his addition will be a welcome one for an already relatively strong squad.
Games between these two sides have been tense and close in recent times, with Wolves having gone unbeaten in the last five meetings before losing 1-0 at Old Trafford in an FA Cup replay game this month.
Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are all out. Matic is suspended.
New signing Bruno Fernandes could make his debut.
Willy Boly and Diogo Jota made their respective returns from injuries in the loss to Liverpool, so Rúben Vinagre is now the only injury concern for Wolves.
Podence is another option for the visitors.
Head to Head
There have been 104 competitive meetings between the duo in history, with United winning 49 while Wolves have edged 36. 19 games have been drawn.
Manchester United have won seven of their last eight home games versus Wolves in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals in their last three games between Manchester United and Wolves in all competitions.
Manchester United kept a brace of clean sheets in their latest cup games, after losing their last two league games by 2-0 scorelines. United’s last five league games (WLWLL)
Wolves will look to pick themselves up from the disappointing defeat to Liverpool here, and are well equipped to. They have only lost three times on the road in the Premier League this season. Wolves last five league games (LLDWL)
Considering the complexity of this game and how the two have fared when squaring up against themselves, opposing the goals market for this game quickly stands out. Manchester United will be weary from their cup exhaustions and might play safe for longer periods in the game which could see little attacking moves. Under 2.5 to emerge from the game is 7/10 while a ‘NO’ for both teams to score is 20/21.
And with two of the last three between these teams having produced stalemates, punters looking to get better value might plump for yet another draw from this one, which is prized at a mouthwatering 23/10.