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Wolves vs Manchester United: Another tough tie for Red Devils

Wolves vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Wolves and Manchester United are the biggest threat to Manchester City's FA Cup hopes according to the FA Cup odds but only one of them can reach the semi-finals.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

The quarter-final at Molineux looks the pick of this weekend's quarter-finals and it is a sign of the problems that Wolves have caused for the top teams that they are 11/5 to win in 90 minutes against the 12-time FA Cup winners.

United have had to do it the hard way to get this far but have another tough test on their hands here against a Wolves team which has already knocked out Liverpool at this venue.

Match information

When is it? Saturday March 16th

What time is kick-off? 19:55

Where is it being played? Molineux

Which channel is it on? BBC One

Who is the referee? Martin Atkinson

Wolves vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the FA Cup quarter-final for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Wolves gave us a clean sweep of betting tips when they avoided defeat at Chelsea last weekend although they had to settle for a point due to Eden Hazard's injury-time equaliser.

That was the fourth time this season they have shared the spoils with one of the big six, while they have enjoyed Premier League victories over Tottenham and Chelsea.

We also predicted the third-round victory over Liverpool so it is little surprise that we're backing them to provide United with a stern examination on Saturday.

Although conceding late at Chelsea was a blow, the performance will have given them further encouragement that they can cause an upset against United.

Defender Romain Saiss told Wolves TV: "It was very, very hard to concede this goal at the end. Our plan was good. We tried to frustrate them and tried to do something when they made a mistake.

"We did it well but unfortunately we didn't keep the result till the end. We deserved more. We gave everything on the pitch."

Asked about the FA Cup tie, he added: "We have to switch on for this game now. It's an important game for us to get to the semi-final at Wembley.

"We play at home. We have to be ready for this game. We'll try to do something great next Saturday."

Given how Wolves have performed in their first season back in the Premier League, the first of our Wolves vs Manchester United predictions is a draw after 90 minutes at 23/10.

This weekend's best bets

If you're interested in football accumulators, check out our regular betting columns:

First goalscorer tips

Romelu Lukaku's scoring streak ended at Arsenal last weekend but he went close to finding the net and his recent form makes him the obvious pick in the first goalscorer odds, especially with the BetStars Odds Boost of 5/1 from 4/1.

The Belgium forward netted twice in the three previous matches, opening the scoring in two of those, and looks full of confidence at the moment.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Matt Doherty has played a crucial role in Wolves reaching this stage of the competition and can be backed at 13/2 to add to the three FA Cup goals he has already.

The wing-back kept Wolves in the FA Cup with his late equaliser at Shrewsbury and then struck twice in the replay, while he has also scored three Premier League goals during an impressive season.

Where the game will be won or lost

Manchester United suffered their first Premier League defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

It could have been a different result on another day though, with United twice hitting the woodwork and being denied by two good saves from Bernd Leno, so Solskjaer will not be overly concerned.

United will look to show they have improved since Wolves secured a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in September, which proved to be a sign of things to come from the Premier League new boys.

That was one of seven 1-1 draws that Wolves have been involved in this season, four of which have been against the top six, so a repeat of that scoreline after 90 minutes is worth adding to our Wolves vs Manchester United betting tips at 6/1.

United have started matches brightly under Solskjaer and will be keen to take control in the early stages, while Wolves have scored 27 of their 38 league goals in the second half.

Wolves proved themselves capable of coming from behind at Old Trafford so going behind would not unduly worry them and the last of our Wolves vs Man Utd tips is for the visitors to win the first half 1-0 at 18/5.

Team news

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo faces a selection dilemma in defence. Ryan Bennett is suspended in the Premier League but available in the FA Cup, so Nuno must decide whether to recall him or stick with Romain Saiss, who played against Chelsea. John Ruddy will replace Rui Patricio in goal, as he has done in all the cup ties this season.

Romelu Lukaku will have a foot issue assessed before a match that Ashley Young will miss through suspension, with Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian also sidelined. Phil Jones is back after five weeks out through illness while Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera have been training again. Mason Greenwood will be assessed after illness.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Manchester United have enjoyed a remarkable upturn in fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and although Wolves have impressed against the top teams this season, United should have the quality to edge this.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football