These two sides meet for the sixth time in 10 months, and the third time this year already as the battle to topple Chelsea for that coveted fourth spot heats up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men fell just short having beaten the ‘Noisy Neighbours’ in their own back yard for a second time this season, though the 3-1 deficit from the first leg proved insurmountable and it’s Pep Guardiola’s men that will be taking on Villa at Wembley.
Wolves have struggled for consistency of late going W4-D2-L4 over their last 10 in the league and it’s difficult to say which way this is going to swing.
Although the Red Devils won the most recent cup clash 1-0, they’re not exempt from the other big sides in struggling against Wolves.
Indeed, since the midlands club was promoted back to the top flight of English football, that remains their sole defeat against the hosts from their six meetings.
It should be mentioned, however, that four of those previous clashes came at Molineux as the visitors haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1980.
The Draw And Under 2.5 Goals
On that basis we can’t bring ourselves to get behind the visitors here, especially considering the hosts have only lost twice from 12 games at Old Trafford this season. Though we’re also not convinced by the price surrounding United in this one either.
The lack of consistency shown by Solskjaer’s men this season leaves us never fully convinced by their chances. They’ve now suffered three defeats in four matches, with each coming by a 2-0 scoreline and the most damaging of the lot being last time hosting a less resilient Burnley side then we’ve become accustomed to over the years.
This fixture last season finished 1-1, as did the reverse fixture this season, while the other league meeting looked to be heading to the exact same scoreline before Chris Smalling inadvertently directed the ball into his own net, and the correct scoreline holds considerable appeal as well as the outright draw.
With Marcus Rashford out injured, Man United’s goal scoring capabilities are diminished significantly, though they do still hold firepower in Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. It does however strengthen the case for an ‘Unders’ outcome.
Four of the six head-to-heads across all competitions have seen that same outcome, including all three this season have seen fewer than three strikes as two of those ended in stalemates. With there just being the single goal combined over the most recent two cup ties, we’re looking to go for a more reserved approach than the correct score and back the ‘Draw and Under 2.5 Goals’.
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