A 3-1 win over Burnley was the most emphatic of the Ralph Rangnick era so far, and his risk obviously paid off having made six changes and opting for a 4-4-2 formation over his preferred 4-2-2-2.
With that said, that game did come against relegation threatened Burnley who are on their lowest ever points tally at this stage of a Premier League season, so United fans may not be overly convinced just yet.
Only Norwich (8) have scored fewer goals than Wolves’ 13 this season, and that lack of output will be a real concern for Bruno Lage. However, they must be doing something right to be sitting in the top half of the table having only played 18 matches, with some teams having played as many as 21.
That thing is undoubtedly their defence, with only Man City conceding less goals than the midlands side this year, and that’s certainly a foundation to build upon.
Wolves have now only conceded twice in seven games now, despite playing four of the top five in that run and with United’s lack of output under Rangnick, scoring one or fewer in all but one of their games so far, it’s hard to envisage a goal fest here.
Under 2.5 Goals
Six of the seven meetings across all competitions over the last three seasons have seen under 2.5 goals land, with just eight goals in total across those outings.
United have seen an average of 3.11 goals per game this season and while that puts them in the upper echelons of the table in that regard, when limiting it to their four games under Rangnick so far that drops down to just two, which would be second lowest in the league with only Wolves’ 1.5 trumping them.
Under 2.5 goals seems the smartest bet here by a long shot, and the team news only serves to further that claim.
The visitors’ top scorer this season Hwang Hee-Chan will be ruled out until February with a hamstring injury, and with the South Korean responsible for just under a third of his sides’ league goals this year, that will only hinder them going forward, especially with Fabio Silva also unavailable with Covid.
For the hosts, Bruno Fernandes will be serving a suspension and that will hurt their creativity greatly.
While the attacking midfielder isn’t having as stellar a season as he previously has had for United, he still provides plenty of attacking impetus and will be a big loss for them here, while French duo Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba also remain out through injury, so we seem to be in for a tight, low scoring affair yet again for Wolves.
UNDER 2.5 GOALS