Wolves vs Manchester United betting tips: FA Cup Third Round match preview & predictions

Wolves vs Manchester United prediction: Wolves 2-1 Manchester United

One of the glamour ties of the FA Cup third round comes from Molienuex.

These two met in the quarter-finals of this competition last season with Wolves running out 2-1 winners.

In fact, Manchester United did not win any of their three trips to Wolves in 2019.

Will Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side come out on top this time or will Wolves keep their cup hopes alive?

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Wolves vs Manchester United: Who will win?

Despite being the home side, Wolves are the underdogs at 6/4.

Manchester United are slight favourites at 13/8.

A draw, which would force a replay at Old Trafford in ten days time, is 5/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score is 4/7.

Wolves to win and both teams to score is 7/2.

Manchester United to win and both teams to score is also 7/2.

Wolves to qualify is evens; Man United are 8/11 to make the fourth round.

Marcus Rashford celebrates vs Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates after the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Raúl Jiménez has already scored 17 goals in all competitions this season. The Mexican is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 13/8 to score anytime.

Adama Traoré is also in good form. He is 15/2 to score first and 11/4 to net anytime.

Anthony Martial meanwhile will be a threat for Man United. He is 7/2 to open the scoring and 7/5 to add to his tally.

Marcus Rashford has also been amongst the goals in recent weeks. He is also 7/2 to score first and is 13/10 to score anytime.

Both Traoré and Jiménez to score is 10/1.

Both Rúben Vinagre and Matt Doherty to score is 45/1.

Both Martial and Rashford to score is 9/2.

Both Harry Maguire and Juan Mata to score is 140/1.

Wolves vs Manchester United: Match preview

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 27: Adama Traoré of Wolverhampton Wanderers runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux on December 27, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Will Wolves bounce back from back to back defeats?

As recently as eight days ago, they pulled off one of the most memorable victories in Molineux’s recent history.

Goals from Adama Traoré, Raúl Jiménez and then Matt Doherty saw them come from 2-0 down to beat Manchester City 3-2.

A simply astonishing victory for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side side.

However, since then, they’ve come crashing back down to earth.

Just 42 and a half hours later, they kicked off at Anfield and narrowly lost 1-0 to the run away league-leaders Liverpool.

That’s certainly no disgrace.

What will annoy Wolves more is the New Years Day’s defeat at relegation threatened Watford.

On Wednesday, they found themselves 2-0 down at Vicarage Road, Pedro Neto’s first goal gave them hope, but they could not find an equaliser.

That loss means Wolves are now seventh in the table, where they finished last season, and are six points outside the top four.

Now though, their focus turns to the FA Cup.

The only question is, how high a priority is this competition?

Last season, wins over Liverpool Shrewsbury Town, Bristol City and Man United saw them through to their first major semi-final since 1998.

Once there, they lost to Watford after extra time, a match in which they surrendered a 2-0 lead.

They’d love to go one round further this year and avenge that collapse.

However, this season, they now have the added distraction of the Europa League.

Wolves have already played 12 European matches to make it through to the round of 32.

There, they’ll meet Spanish strugglers Espanyol in what is their first European campaign since 1971,

Thus, perhaps this competition might not be at the forefront of their priorities.

Nevertheless, they’d love another win over Manchester United at Molineux.

Will Manchester United win away?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Mason Greenwood of Manchester United celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League group match between Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on December 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

As for Manchester United, it also was not a happy new year for them.

On Wednesday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side put in one of their worst showings of the season, losing 2-0 at Arsenal and hardly mustering a shot.

That was bitterly disappointing given that it followed back to back wins, 4-1 over Newcastle and 2-0 at Burnley.

That means the Red Devils still have not won three Premier League matches in a row since winning six on the spin between 22 December 2018 and 19 January 2019.

That means they sit one point and two places above their hosts in the table but five below fourth-placed Chelsea.

However, cup competitions could save their season.

In the UEFA Europa League, they too are overwhelming favourites to win their round of 32 tie as they meet Club Brugge.

Winning that competition could see them sneak into the Champions League just as they did three years ago.

Also, they have a humungous Carabao Cup semi-final on the horizon.

On Tuesday, they host rivals Manchester City in the first leg of their last four clash.

With that clash just three days away, will Solskjær rotate his squad or seek to build momentum?

They did not win any of their three visits to Molineux in 2019 but will they get their first win of this year here?

Wolves team news vs Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Patrick Cutrone of Wolves (L) and Willy Boly of Wolves celebrate victory after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

With a rare mid-week off coming up for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side, he could make some changes but it won’t be wholesale like it was in the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.

In goal, John Ruddy could get just his fifth appearance of the season, all in cup competitions, allowing Rui Patrício a rare rest.

In defence, Willy Boly is still out with a leg injury.

In defence, it’s likely to be Ryan Bennett and Max Kilman who join captain Conor Coady in the back three.

At wing-back, Matt Doherty and Jonny could be rested.

This would see Rúben Vinagre and the far less experienced Oskar Buur start out-wide.

In the centre, the familiar duo of Rúben Neves and João Moutinho could keep their places.

The former scored the equaliser when these two drew 1-1 on 19 August in the league this season.

Bruno Jordão will be hoping for an opportunity but is likely to be on the bench.

Further forward, Adama Traoré completed 15 dribbles against Watford on Wednesday from 19 attempted,.

That is the most by a player in a league match in any of the top five European leagues since February 2015.

He’s expected to keep his place in attack along with Pedro Neto and Patrick Cutrone coming back in.

Diogo Jota and top scorer Raúl Jiménez could be rested.

Will this mix and match Wolves side defeat Manchester United?

Manchester United team news vs Wolves

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts after missing a penalty in the second half during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on August 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

As for the Red Devils, their squad is fairly thin so, even if they want to rest players for Tuesday, they can’t make numerous changes.

There’s likely to be a change in goal with Sergio Romero given an opportunity and David de Gea a rest.

Romero joined Manchester United way back in July 2015 and has kept 32 clean sheets in 51 appearances for the club, conceding just 24 goals.

Impressive numbers.

At full-back, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are likely to drop out with Brandon Williams and Ashley Young coming in respectively.

At centre-back, Harry Maguire could be rested with Phil Jones coming in.

Victor Lindelöf will have to start though due to limited defensive alternatives.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe are all currently unavailable.

In midfield, Scott McTominay is a long-term absentee.

Paul Pogba, as always, steals the headlines after he missed Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal through injury.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed resigned to Pogba missing further weeks due to the injury that has plagued him for much of the campaign.

So, Fred will start once more but Andreas Pereira will come in for Nemanja Matić.

Further forward, Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood will come in.

Star forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are expected to be given a break.

So, Dan James and Jesse Lingard will be those keeping their places.

Youngsters James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong are also options.

Will this side avoid only Manchester United’s third FA Cup third round exit since 1984?

Predicted Wolves line-up vs Manchester United

Predicted Wolves line-up vs Manchester United

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Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Wolves

Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Wolves

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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