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Wolves v Manchester United Preview

Wolves v Manchester United Preview

Wolves and Manchester United bring the curtain down on week three of the Premier League when they clash on Sunday. Following consecutive 1-0 losses from their opening two Premier League games, Wolves will want to head into the international break with some points on the board, while United themselves will want to get back to winning ways after being held by Southampton last time out. Have a look at our preview and predictions for the game.



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Man United stumbled to match Arsenal’s 27 match unbeaten record away from home as they drew 1-1 at St Mary’s last weekend, and they can go one further this weekend as they travel to the midlands to face Wolves.

Wolves haven’t had the best start to the post Nuno era, losing both of their games heading into this clash. 

They’re yet to get on the scoresheet too as Raul Jimenez understandably will take some more time to get back to his very best.

This may be the game that we see Rafael Varane play in the Premier League for the first time as he was an unused sub against the Saints last week. 

Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Real Madrid conceded 23% more goals when the French defender wasn’t starting, and that sort of resolve is going to be crucial for the Red Devils this season.

Man United One Goal Winning Margin

Wolves proved a lot for Man United when they returned to the Premier League three seasons ago, winning twice and drawing once across all competitions. 

In fact, the Manchester club have won just three of the nine meetings since then, with four draws. 

None of those nine head-to-heads have been separated by more than a single strike and with Wolves’ two fixtures so far this year finishing exactly 1-0, that wouldn’t be a surprising scoreline at all.

None of Wolves’ seven home games against sides operating in the top six in the league over the last two years have been separated by more than a strike either, so a close game is certainly on the cards again.




Bruno Lage spoke of his disdain for the result against Spurs last time out, though was confident in his process by claiming they’re already creating the chances. 

Despite being yet to score, the expected goals metric support’s Lage’s claim as they sit eighth in the league for expected goals at this stage and would be ninth instead of 16th on expected points, suggesting at some point the goals will start to flow.

Man United To Win 1-0

Until there is evidence of that happening though, it’s difficult to get behind potential and with Man United looking to bring Varane to shore things up at the back, chances should be limited for the hosts here. 

Raul Jimenez will likely be flanked by Adama Traore and Trincao again, though while they’ve not exactly been shy in terms of creating opportunities, a final product has been lacking so the narrow away win looks a likely outcome.

PREDICTIONS: 

MAN UNITED ONE GOAL WINNING MARGIN

MAN UNITED TO WIN 1-0


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