Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Manchester United to Molineux on Monday night, with the home side hoping to build on their opening day draw at Leicester City. Wolves have enjoyed some success against United in recent times, and also progressed to the next round of the Europa League in midweek, with a comfortable 8-0 aggregate victory over Pyunik Yeveran. They are also unbeaten in eight games in the Premier League, a run which stretches back to last season.
United got off to a great start in the Premier League last weekend, beating Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford. They will also feel confident given their recent record in Monday evening games. The Red Devils have won 43 Premier League games on a Monday, more than any ever side in the competition.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United Prediction: Wolves 1-1 United
Our prediction for this game is that it will be a very close game. Given Wolves’ recent good record against the Red Devils, we expect the game to end all-square, with 1-1 the most likely final scoreline. Wolves did not lose to United in any of their three encounters in all competitions last season, and so will feel confident that they can at least hold Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, especially this early in the season.
Our recommended tip: Draw, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 100/30 on the game being a draw where both teams score. This obviously matches our prediction of a 1-1 draw perfectly, while also giving you a little bit of flexibility when it comes to the precise final scoreline. While United will feel confident after demolishing Chelsea last weekend, their recent record against Wolves is not great, and it is still early in the season. This is likely to be a tense and tight game and should provide plenty of decent entertainment for the TV viewers as well as the spectators in the stands.
Wolves have a very good recent record against Manchester United. Last season, they knocked them out of the FA Cup in the sixth round, winning 2-1 at Molineux in March. In the Premier League, Wolves drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in September, 2018. In the return fixture, at Molineux in April, Wolves won the game 2-1.
Overall in the Premier League, these two sides have met on ten previous occasions. United have won six of those games and Wolves three. There has been one draw. United have won twice at Molineux and Wolves three times in the Premier League.
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Players to watch: Diogo Jota & Anthony Martial
Portuguese striker Diogo Jota was lacklustre in last weekend’s goalless draw with Leicester, but he did score the fourth goal in Wolves’ 4-0 second-leg Europa League win over Pyunik Yerevan in midweek. Last season, he scored nine goals and contributed five assists in the Premier League, playing 33 games. Wolves will need him to build on that solid base this season if they are to make further progress.
French striker Anthony Martial has now scored 49 goals for Manchester United in all competitions. That is a higher tally than any other player at the club during his time at Old Trafford. He will become the 53rd player to reach the 50-goal mark for United if he scores at Molineux. He opened his account for the 2019/20 season last week with a goal against Chelsea. He scored 10 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last season, and also contributed two assists.