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Wolves vs Manchester United: Go for goals at Molineux

Wolves vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Wolves and Manchester United renew hostilities just over two weeks since their FA Cup quarter-final at Molineux.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

Then, Nuno Espirito Santo's side ran out 2-1 winners to reach their first FA Cup semi-final in 21 years, but Tuesday's Premier League encounter is just as important.

United will leapfrog Arsenal and Tottenham into third place with a win and draw will be good enough for fourth, while Wolves need to avoid defeat in order to prevent Leicester from jumping into seventh spot.

Match information

When is it? Tuesday April 2nd

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Molineux

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League

Who is the referee? Mike Dean

Wolves vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the game at Molineux for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Wolves remain unbeaten from their two meetings with United this season, the first of which in September saw Joao Moutinho secure a 1-1 draw with a superb second-half strike from the edge of the area.

The midlanders proved that result was no fluke having lost just three of their nine matches against top-six sides, plus they eliminated a second-string Liverpool team and full-strength United side from the FA Cup.

Victories against Tottenham and Chelsea, plus draws against both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Maurizio Sarri's Blues mean Wolves are currently the best of the rest and they go into this match as tempting 14/5 outsiders.

The draw at Old Trafford was in the dark days of Jose Mourinho and although Solskjaer was in charge for the FA Cup defeat, performances have been on an upward trajectory for United, who looked to have no chance of a top-four finish when the Norwegian took over but are now 6/5.

United have won 11 of their 14 Premier League games and lost just once since Solskjaer rejoined the club, but he has still not managed to quell their reputation for leaking goals.

The Red Devils have scored and conceded in eight of those 14 matches so the first of our Wolves vs Manchester United predictions is for both teams to score at 9/10.

That was the case in both meetings this season and Wolves will also have top scorer Raul Jimenez available from the start having returned late from international duty with Mexico which meant he had to settle for a place on the bench in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

First goalscorer tips

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-1 win against Watford to make it three goals in four starts for the United striker.

Rashford scored the consolation goal at Molineux and despite Romelu Lukaku being fit to return to the side, the England man looks good value at 5/1 in the first goalscorer odds.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Raul Jimenez should be refreshed having played only 30 minutes at Turf Moor and we like the look of the Mexican to be on the scoresheet.

The 27-year-old striker, on loan from Benfica, opened the scoring in the FA Cup win against United and makes the cut at 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds.

Where the game will be won or lost

Wolves certainly won't be overawed by United on Tuesday night having taken points from six of their nine games against elite teams this season.

Defender Jonny believes Wolves can spring another surprise with the club's vocal supporters giving them an advantage.

He told the club's website: "We know that it will be different, since every game is different. But we do know that we can win again

"Especially at home in front of our own support, we feel comfortable and motivated by them and I think that's the most important thing; being all together. These games at home are what have allowed us to be where we are in the league and the cup."

Wolves were 11/5 to win the FA Cup tie and yet are 14/5 to repeat that win on Tuesday, but at slightly bigger Premier League odds they are 29/10 to win the second half just as they did in both previous matches against United this season.

Espirito Santo's men have won the first half just six times in 31 attempts this season, but that figure is more than double after the break (13), so with that in mind we're going to take a punt on Manchester United HT/Draw FT at 13/1.

United have been leading at the break in nine of their 14 matches under Solskjaer, so with Wolves favouring the second half, 13/1 looks a big price.

Team news

Wolves defender Ryan Bennett returns to the squad having completed a two-match suspension, so Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who has a full squad to choose from, must decide whether he goes straight back into the starting line-up.

Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku are expected to be available. Martial scored what turned out to be the winner in United's 2-1 victory over Watford but later limped off at Old Trafford over the weekend, while Lukaku has been struggling with a foot injury in recent weeks. Solskjaer, though, revealed that the forward pair are in contention for the trip to Molineux. Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian continue to miss out.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Wolves have shared the points in four of their nine matches against top-six sides, including a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the early part of the season. Another draw at 23/10 has much to recommend it for what could be an exciting encounter at Molineux.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football