Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 16th March 2019

The latest hurdle in Manchester United’s tough FA Cup run sees them travel to the West Midlands to take on Wolves. So far in the competition the Red Devils have faced Arsenal and Chelsea away so their road to the quarter-finals has been one of unrivalled difficulty.

The draw has been a little kinder for Wolves so far but they still had to overcome title hopefuls Liverpool in the third round. Having seen several other big teams bow out the competition, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men find themselves as the third favourites to claim their first FA Cup title since 1960.

Top Tips

Draw @ 23/10

Lukaku to Score Anytime @ 13/10

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Wolverhampton Wanderers News: Bennett back in

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux Stadium Prior to Match
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Ryan Bennett was the man missing from the Wolves defence that so nearly held on to three points against Chelsea last weekend. The centre back sat out suspended after accumulating 10 yellow cards through the course of the league season. He still faces another game out but the ban does not cover cup fixtures so he’s got the green light to return this weekend. Romain Saiss deputised well in his absence on Sunday but the Moroccan will surely make way as Santo opts for his first choice back five.

Manchester United News: Pereira contract extended

Exterior View of Manchester United's Old Trafford Football Stadium
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Andreas Pereira had just a few months left on his deal with Manchester United but his current employers exercised their right to trigger a 12 month extension. This may be simply to allow them to cash in on the 23-year-old in the summer, or it might be because the club see him having a future at Old Trafford. The Brazilian will certainly be hoping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is retained on a permanent basis as he’s been picked more often by the Norwegian than by former boss Jose Mourinho. While yet to fully impress, there is still time for the Belgian born player to prove his worth.

Herrera return to the fold

United’s lengthy injury list will get a little shorter this weekend with Ander Herrera set to make his comeback. The Spaniard has missed his club’s last four matches but will be ushered straight back into the starting line-up if the medical team give the all clear. Solskjaer has been a big fan of the midfielder since taking charge at Old Trafford so it’ll be a big boost to have him back in action. The Norwegian manager will not however have Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard available as the pair won’t be risked ahead of the international break.

Analysis: Cup test has double importance

The fact that these two clubs meet at the beginning of April for a Premier League clash only gives greater important to this FA Cup quarter-final. By claiming victory on Saturday, the winning side will approach the upcoming league fixture with an important psychological edge. Between two quite evenly matched sides, it’s these kinds of factors that can make the difference between winning and losing.

Wolves showing no top six fear

Despite being one of the newly promoted sides, Wolves have regularly looked up to par with the Premier League big boys. They’ve collected 10 points from nine league fixtures against the top six clubs and were responsible for dumping Liverpool out of the FA Cup. Not afraid of a challenge, you can be sure that Wolves will offer a stern test for United. Solskjaer’s men have performed sensationally on their travels however and should have the quality to match the hosts in every department. They were unfortunate to suffer their first away defeat since December last weekend and will at least be able to respond with a draw (23/10) after 90 minutes here.

Lukaku to get back among the goals

Romelu Lukaku ought to have extended his fine scoring streak up against Arsenal last weekend but the powerful Belgian ended up missing a glorious chance with the score 0-0. While it was a terrible effort, United’s number nine has long struggled to find the net in matches against the big clubs. Facing a side of less stature, Lukaku can add to an impressive recent goals tally of six in his last four matches. He’s up against a Wolves defence yet to keep a clean sheet against a side above them in the league so 2/1 is an exceptional price for him finding the net.

Recent Matches

Wolves have been defeated in eight of their last 10 meetings with the Red Devils but the two clubs are closer in ability now than they used to be.

22nd September 2018: Manchester United 1 – 1 Wolves

United manager Jose Mourinho said that Wolves "were more aggressive, had more intent and were more motivated" after they battled to a point here. The visitors began the brighter side but against the run of play Fred netted his first Red Devils goal. Undeterred by the setback, Raul Jimenez set up Joao Moutinho as he fired into the top corner from 18 yards out. The Portuguese midfielder’s strike was enough to earn his side a point that both managers felt was fully deserved.

18th March 2012: Wolves 0 – 5 Manchester United

Wolves had won just one of their previous 13 league games ahead of this match and it rather showed during this hopeless performance. A first United goal for Jonny Evans sent the visitors on the way and more trouble brewed when Ronald Zubar was sent off for two bookable offences. Now a man light, bottom of the table Wolves could only watch on as United tore them apart, scoring four goals in the space of 18 minutes.

10th December 2011: Manchester United 4 – 1 Wolves

A routine win for the Red Devils was the perfect response to Champions League elimination suffered days earlier. Wayne Rooney and Nani both netted twice, either side of half-time, allowing them to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City to two points. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had no complaints with the end result but may have questioned his bold decision to play with a 4-4-2 formation away at Old Trafford.

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