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It was always going to be hard to follow up a third consecutive seventh place finish in the Premier League for Wolves without their star marksman Raul Jimenez missing for the most part of the season.
The striker scored as many as 27 goals in all competitions and couple the absence of that goal threat along with the sale of Diogo Jota to Liverpool in September, it isn’t surprising they’re down in 12th at the minute.
Man Utd secured second place in the league on Tuesday night following Chelsea’s win over Leicester and their stalemate hosting Fulham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put out his full-strength side for that encounter and we’d be very surprised if he did that again this Sunday with their Europa League final only a few days after.
That result does mean they’ve failed to win any of their last three encounters now (D1-L3), as the absence of Harry Maguire continues to take its toll.
After defeat to Everton during the week it’s now just one win from Wolves last five encounters. Their other defeats over that period came against Burnley (4-0) and Spurs (2-0), while they could only salvage a stalemate against second-from-bottom West Brom.
It doesn’t look good for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men either as coupled with the absence of their star striker, they’ll also be without the attacking talents of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.
Wolves have won just two of their last 18 matches since Gameweek 33 last term without Podence in the starting line-up, losing 11 of those, while with him over that period, it’s a much improved W12-D5-L8.
Moreover, Neto is their joint top scorer this term as well as their leading creator, and their absence will be felt.
Man United To Score First
Man Utd will look to rotate their team for this one given the circumstances but they still have star players throughout their whole squad.
They’ve earned a slight reputation of being slow starters, but they’ve now won 15 of their 22 unbeaten trips since late June last year and we’d expect another impressive display on the road.
Nuno’s men against the top half in the league this term have gone just W5-D3-L11 from their 19 matches, but the most worrying factor is that they were only ahead at the break in just one of those, while they’ve lost the last five on the bounce, being behind at the break in all but one.
In fact, against all teams they’ve scored just two first half goals from their last 15 outings and we certainly think we can exploit that disappointing statistic coupled with their blunted attack.
Interestingly, Wolves have conceded the first of the game in five of the six head-to-heads in all competitions where there has been a goal between the two since their promotion to the Premier League for the 2018/19 campaign, and that is our angle.
Man United To Score First At EVS
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