The final match of the weekend in the Premier League this week sees Wolves host Manchester United at 8:00pm local time on Monday night. Wolves will hope to get a 3rd consecutive home win against United in 2019 alone, following two successes at the back-end of last season. Can they do it?

Home Team: Wolves

Wolves had a year to remember last season, as they qualified for European football for the first time since the early 1980’s. On Thursday, they’ll officially confirm their place in the group stage of the Europa League after a two-legged tie against Armenian side Pyunik – who they lead 4-0 following the first leg. In the Premier League, Wolves opened up with a 0-0 draw at direct rivals Leicester away from home, but will feel hard done by considering they had a goal from Leander Dendoncker ruled out after VAR intervened. Wolves will now play their first home game of the season in front of a rapturous crowd, knowing they had an excellent record against the top six last season, and in particular, against Manchester United.

Away Team: Manchester United

It was a perfect start for Manchester United. A debut goal for Daniel James, a clean sheet kept by new signings Aaron Wan-Bisakka and Harry Maguire, and a huge win against one of your direct rivals – and yet, many Manchester United fans will still feel that is still a lot of room for improvement. In a game of fine margins, Manchester United could have easily conceded a couple of goals on Sunday, but in the end, romped to a 4-0 victory against Chelsea. That win, after a somewhat shaky first half, will breed confidence into the team, and will give them the lift they need ahead of the new season. They’ll have eight days to prepare for this tough test at Molineux, knowing their record there last season was very poor. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, at times were sloppy, but ended up scoring three goals between them, with Paul Pogba pulling the strings behind them. In the end, the game suited them, but a whole different challenge awaits them on Monday.

Head to Head

Wolves and Manchester United met three times last season, and despite being a newly promoted team, Wolves had registered two wins, and one draw. The stalemate happened at Old Trafford earlier on in the season, as Fred’s debut goal was cancelled out by Joao Moutinho. Towards the end of the season, Wolves had beaten Manchester United 2-0 in the FA Cup, and then won 2-1 in the league in the space of a few weeks, both in front of their own fans. Prior to last season, Manchester United last met Wolves back in the 2011/2012 season, where United had won 5-0 at Molineux, and 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Wolves are at 23/10 to win, with Manchester United slight favourites at 23/20. A draw is backed at 12/5. Based on their head to head form, and Wolves record against big teams, you’d fancy the value in a home win. However, I am going to stick my neck out and back Manchester United to get a narrow 1-0 victory here at 13/2. To increase odds further, you can add Anthony Martial to get the solitary goal in the game in a Scorecast at 25/1. I see a cagey game in the first half, with Manchester United sneaking to a victory in the 2nd, so a HT/FT bet of Draw / Manchester United at 9/2 seems reasonable. To back Wolves in some capacity, you will be rewarded if you opt to bet on them taking the lead at half time at 11/4, scoring 2+ goals (as they did last year – twice), at 2/1 or Diogo Jota to outscore Manchester United at 7/1. Finally, for high risk high reward bettors, you can back Manchester United to win a classic 3-2 match at 28/1.

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