Manchester United return to action on Saturday in a FA Cup Quarter-final tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The two sides tied 1-1 in their first Premier League match, but their second meeting has much more meaning to its result, with a chance at a semi-final appearance on the line.
In their first season back up in the Premier League, Wolves have been impressive. Along with strong performances in the Premier League, Nuno Santo and his squad have put together a deep run in the FA Cup. Wolves have had a mix of competition in the cup leading up to the quarter-finals, taking out one of the favorites in Liverpool in the third round. With results over Tottenham, Liverpool, and Chelsea this season, Wolves have proven that they can hang with the big boys of England, and are capable of taking out anyone. Raúl Jiménez will lead the line for Wolves. The striker is in great goal-scoring form, netting three goals in his last four games. Expect Jiménez to be a threat for Wolves on Saturday in a huge occasion at The Molineux.
Wolves have been unable to string wins together as of late, going 2-3-1 in their last six matches. Wolves have been able to win a number of big home games this season, including wins over Liverpool and Chelsea In their last five home matches, Wolves have a record of 4-1-0.
Wolves FA Cup Form
|17.02.2019||WIN||Bristol City v Wolves||0 – 1 (HT 0 – 1)||Fifth Round|
|05.02.2019||WIN||Wolves v Shrewsbury||3 – 2 (HT 2 – 2)||Fourth Round Replay|
|26.01.2019||DRAW||Shrewsbury v Wolves||2 – 2 (HT 0 – 0)||Fourth Round|
|07.01.2019||WIN||Wolves v Liverpool||2 – 1 (HT 1 – 0)||Third Round|
Manchester United will be the away side in this single leg quarter-final match against Wolves. The Red Devils have been lights out away from home since caretaking manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has taken over, losing just once in nine matches away from Old Trafford. Saturday’s game is one of the biggest away games of their season so far. The FA Cup offers United the most winnable trophy of their season, considering the club’s precedence in the tournament. United have won 12 FA Cups, just one shy of Arsenal for the most of all time as a club. With their high-flying form, United (7/2) are second favorites to win the competition, behind only Manchester City (4/5). Expect a strong XI for United with the International break following their match with Wolves. With Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard expected to start on the bench for Solskjær, look for Pogba to be able to take a more attacking role, allowing the Frenchman to pick his passes and influence play directly. Romelu Lukaku is expected to miss Saturday’s match due to injury, leaving Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to start up top for United. Martial has scored 11 goals across all competitions, and has taken advantage of his limited time on the field this season. The wide player was not involved against Wolves in the first meeting, but will likely have a massive impact on the quarter-finals match on Saturday.
Despite losing their last match, Manchester United are still one of the most in-form teams in Europe. The Red Devils are 4-1-1 in their last six matches. United have taken care of business on the road in the FA Cup so far, beating Chelsea and Arsenal on the road in their previous two FA Cup rounds. In their last five matches away in all competitions, United have went 4-0-1.
Man Utd Away Premier League Form
|18.02.2019||WIN||Chelsea v Man Utd||0 – 2 (HT 0 – 2)||Fifth Round|
|25.01.2019||WIN||Arsenal v Man Utd||1 – 3 (HT 1 – 2)||Fourth Round|
|05.01.2019||WIN||Man Utd v Reading||2 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)||Third Round|
Head to Head Statistics
|22.09.2018||Premier League||Man Utd v Wolves||1 – 1 (HT 1 – 0)|
|18.03.2012||Premier League||Wolves v Man Utd||0 – 5 (HT 0 – 3)|
|10.12.2011||Premier League||Man Utd v Wolves||4 – 1 (HT 2 – 0)|
|05.02.2011||Premier League||Wolves v Man Utd||2 – 1 (HT 2 – 1)|
|06.11.2010||Premier League||Man Utd v Wolves||2 – 1 (HT 1 – 0)|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 22:00 GMT 15/03/2019
- Wolves have held opponents to one goal or less in six consecutive matches
- Manchester United have been without a clean sheet in their last four matches
- Manchester United has led Wolves at halftime in four of their last five meetings
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Manchester United and Wolves face off in the most eye-catching matchup of the FA Cup Quarter-final round. United have been fighting tough battles on multiple fronts, but the FA Cup will have the Red Devils full attention on Saturday with a chance at a trophy just two wins away. Standing in their way is Wolves, a competitive and feisty team who will want a piece of hardware this season as well. Wolves have consistently played well against the top teams in England this season, and we expect them to turn in another big performance against United. Playing at home will give Wolves a boost, making them our underdog pick of the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.