In an all-Premier League FA Cup showdown this weekend, Wolves will welcome Manchester United to Molineux on Saturday evening with a spot in the fourth round up for grabs.
Although NunoEspírito Santo’s men might still find themselves flirting with the European position in England’s top-tier, the Oranges could only open the New Year with a 2-1 defeat away at relegation scrappers Watford and have now been hit with back-to-back defeats.
On the flip side, Saturday’s hosts are not the only squad who put in a sluggish defeat on the road in midweek.
Missing out on a real opportunity to close the buffer on the top-four and hit with a 2-0 defeat away at struggling rivals Arsenal in the capital on New Year’s Day, Manchester United will also be haunted by last year’s FA Cup trip to the Midlands.
When the two sides faced off in the sixth round of the Cup back in March 2019, Wolves picked up what was a deserved 2-1 victory and another win for the Oranges can be found priced at 7/5 with Ladbrokes.
Wolves starting to stumble?
While Wolves may have taken the Premier League by storm last season after securing a spot in the FA Cup semi-final and a return to European football, many had growing concerns over how NunoEspírito Santo’s side would deal with what is a hectic schedule.
No Premier League team has played more than the 35 games Wolves have competed in this season, and at times during their trip to Watford on New Year’s Day, it showed.
While the relegation scrappers had to play out the second half with 10-men once again, the Oranges could only slump to a 2-1 defeat on the road and have now been hit with back-to-back defeats.
In fact, Wolves have lost three of their past five Premier League games, as many as they’d lost in their previous 21 games combined.
While the likes of Adama Traore and Raul Jiminez have continued to do an eye-catching job leading the line, Santo’s men have shown some cause for concern defensively after shipping at least a pair of goals in four of their last six appearances.
You might be interested to know that Saturday’s hosts can be found at 6/4 with Paddy Power to suffer a similar fate and ship over 1.5 goals this weekend.
Manchester United’s rollercoaster continues
While the mood around Old Trafford appeared to be turning a corner after United picked up back-to-back victories over Burnley and Newcastle, the former champions once again came crashing back down to earth on New Year’s Day.
Handing Arsenal just their second victory in their previous 16 attempts, Saturday’s guests have continued on what is quickly becoming a rollercoaster campaign.
Largely outplayed by new Gunners boss Mikel Arteta in North London, Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was once again unable to call upon midfielder talisman Paul Pogba in midweek and they are still in quite the rebuilding process.
Expected to make several changes to his squad this weekend, United’s Norwegian icon could be tempted to hand attacking starlet Mason Greenwood a return to his starting XI.
Really making a mark since bursting onto the scene in Manchester, the 18-year-old has four goals in his last six appearances across all competitions and has already found the net against the likes of Newcastle, Everton, and Sheffield United this season.
You might be interested to know that Greenwood can be found priced at 15/8 with Coral to find the net at Molineux.