Saturday 16 March, kick-off 7.55pm
Molineux Stadium – FA Cup
This FA Cup preview features the tie of the round as Wolverhampton Wanderers host Manchester United at Molineux. This Saturday night kick-off looks set to be a fascinating encounter, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.
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What’s the story with Wolves vs Man United?
Is Wolves vs Man United on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BBC.
What happened last time? Wolves were unlucky to only get a point at Old Trafford in September. Fred put United in front, with Joao Moutinho’s well-taken goal securing the visitors a 1-1 draw.
What are the Wolves vs Man United odds? Wolves are 23/10 in your FA Cup predictions, while Manchester United are the 13/10 favourites. The draw after 90 minutes is 23/10 with Betfair, sending the game into extra-time. Betfair are currently offering new customers up to £100 in free bets when you register for a new account here.
Remember that time…United won 5-0 on their last trip to Molineux in 2012? That followed a 4-1 victory for the Red Devils at Old Trafford earlier in the season, as Wolves were relegated from the Premier League.
Team news and form
Last six: DWDLWD
Wanderers defender Ryan Bennett is available for these Wolves v Man United predictions, despite being in the middle of a suspension in the Premier League. That’s because the FA Cup has changed its rules so bans for totting up of yellow cards in the league aren’t served in the competition. It means Nuno Espirito Santo has a full set of players this weekend, with no injuries or suspensions.
Last six: WDWWWL
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a long way from a fully-fit squad. There are a few players who could be back this weekend though. Ander Herrera and Phil Jones appear to have the best chance of featuring, while Anthony Martial could get a start in these football predictions after returning from injury against Arsenal last weekend. Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Alexis Sanchez are all struggling with injuries though.
Wolves vs Man United prediction, preview and betting tips
Both of these teams come into your football predictions for today on the back of disappointment at the weekend. Wolverhampton came agonisingly close to pulling off a famous victory, while Manchester United fell to their first domestic defeat under Solskjaer. With Manchester City the only other big team left in this season’s FA Cup, Wolves and United will approach this game knowing it’s a great chance to reach a minimum of one game at Wembley.
United were of course beaten in last season’s FA Cup final by Chelsea, who Wolves nearly beat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Eden Hazard – who scored the winner in last season’s cup final – hit a 92nd-minute equaliser for the Blues to break Wolves hearts. Wanderers boss Nuno was still very pleased with the result and his team’s performance though.
That 1-1 draw mirrored the result Wolves got at Old Trafford earlier this season. Their performances in both of those matches will give the Wanderers plenty of optimism in this Wolves vs Man United prediction. Their visitors on Saturday night are much improved from the first meeting this term though. Solskjaer has transformed the Red Devils, who are playing with confidence again.
United have won 14 of their 18 matches under the Norwegian. Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal was their first under the interim boss in domestic competition. United had their chances at the Emirates though, and won all nine of their previous away games under Solskjaer. That includes their historic victory over Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League last week.
Wolves meanwhile have won five of their last six home games, drawing the other 1-1 with Newcastle United thanks to a 95th-minute equaliser from Willy Boly. The hosts’ form at Molineux and the visitors’ recent performances on the road suggest this is going to be a tight game. There’s a good chance it could go to extra-time, with a draw after 90 minutes tempting at 23/10.
With both sides committed to playing attacking football, even if it’s sometimes on the counter, both teams to score looks like one of the best football betting tips for this game. It’s priced at 4/5 with Betfred, with a score draw 10/3 with the same bookmaker.
A repeat of the 1-1 from earlier in the campaign is 11/2 in your football score predictions. That’s also been the score in three of the Wanderers’ last five league games. If you want a scorecast in your Wolves vs Man United betting tips, add Wolves striker Raul Jimenez as the first scorer for 35/1.
Wolves vs Man United first goalscorer predictions
Jimenez broke the deadlock against Chelsea at the weekend, his 14th goal of the season. The Mexican has settled into English football nicely and has three goals in his last four games. He is 13/2 with bet365 to open the scoring on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku has been banging in the goals in England for many years. He scored six goals in three matches before missing some great chances against Arsenal last time out. The Belgium striker is 6/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this game, and 12/1 to get his third brace in four games.
Both teams to score
Score draw after 90 minutes
Wolves to qualify
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.