Wolves host Manchester United at Molineux with both sides looking to build upon promising starts to the 2019/20 Premier League season.
For the home side, their point at Leicester might have been more were it not for the intervention of Video Assistance Refereeing.
United, meanwhile, thrashed Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Nobody expected the 4 – 0 scoreline before the match, not even when Marcus Rashford opened the scoring on 18 minutes.
Fluke or sign of things to come? Our tipsters think more of the former than the latter but does it spell doom in our Wolves vs Manchester United predictions?
Both sides enjoyed successful preseasons but will it be enough for glory? Check The Complete 2019/20 Premier League Season Preview, Predictions And Betting Tips to see whether we think Wolves or Manchester United will make progress.
Wolves vs Manchester United Predictions
In front of a packed Molineux, Diogo Jota staked his claim for Goal of the Season as Wolves ran out comfortable 4 – 0 winners over Pyunik Yerevan in the Europa League qualifier this week.
Including friendlies, it was their seventh game this summer (W6, D1) and to date, only Crusaders scored against them. Nuno Espirito Santo added defensive strength in a relatively quiet transfer window.
Things are about to get tougher for Wolves, however.
The visit to Manchester United is followed by a head-to-head with Torino, with the visit of Burnley in between.
Remain unbeaten in those four games and everyone must sit up and take notice.
Manchester United are in a similar boat.
Last seasons sixth was hugely disappointing with questions asked over the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Did the United board rush into the decision, lulled into a false sense of security by the initial 12-match unbeaten run after he joined as the caretaker boss?
The jury is still out, despite last weekend’s victory. United collapsed at the end of the season, winning just two of the final nine games (D2, L5), only scoring in two of the last five.
This preseason offered hope.
Good opponents were defeated with few goals conceded. Solskjaer got the squad back on track but these remain turbulent times.
Alexis Sanchez is the latest star linked with a move away, set to follow Romelu Lukaku to Serie A. Paul Pogba, as ever, remains an enigma wrapped in a puzzle. Imperious when things are going his way, ordinary when they aren’t.
The biggest concern for Solskjaer is the lack of depth in his squad. If Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford are injured, the backup is the untried and untested Mason Greenwood.
Defensively, they are well-stocked with players that the Norwegian doesn’t rate. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo; he won’t use them unless he has to.
It feels like United are a Swan; graceful on the surface but paddling furiously underneath, battling against the tides to make progress. It makes our Wolves vs Manchester United predictions much trickier than in other matches this weekend.
This is a match they could well do without this early in the season.
Wolves fluid pressing game caused no end of problems for them last season (D1, L2). With the home side well ahead in terms of fitness and understanding, a match they approach with trepidation.
The midfield battle will be crucial. If Scott McTominey and Pogba do not assert themselves, the trio of Ruben Neves, Jonny and Leander Dendoncker will have no trouble in suppressing them. Starve Martial and Rashford of possession and focus turns to the defence.
Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka impressed in their debuts last weekend. Chelsea rarely troubled the United goal once the lead was established.
Therein is the question mark.
The Blues were on top until Rashford’s penalty broke the deadlock; are United reliant upon scoring the first goal? Do they have the durability required to break back into the top four?
At the moment, the answer is probably not. Wolves are capable of exposing this fragility and look like doing so this weekend.
Wolves vs Manchester United Head to Head
United lead the head-to-head with 48 wins to 36 and 17 draws.
Wolves, however, held the upper hand last year, taking four points in the Premier League and knocking United out of the FA Cup.
Recent meetings at Molineux favour the home side with Wolves winning three of the last four (L1). In each of those winning matches, Wolves scored two goals.
Wolves Team News
No injury worries for Nuno Espirito Santo with Wolves expected to field the same XI which drew at Leicester.
Manchester United Team News
Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah miss out due to knee ligament injuries. Neither will return before Christmas.
The same XI which trounced Chelsea is expected to start at Molineux.
Wolves vs Manchester United Betting Tips
United are favourites to win at 5/4 with Novibet although Wolves are not far behind at 23/10.
The visitors finished 2018/19 abysmally on the road (D1, L3) so will be looking for a fast start to settle any lingering nerves. They won’t forget McTominay opening the scoring at Molineux last season before the home side’s pressure eventually told.
Wolves are formidable at home. In 2019, only Crystal Palace emerged victorious of the visiting sides (W11, D2) with only the Eagles, Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town scoring more than once.