Wolves vs. Manchester United Prediction: Plenty Of Offense To Go Around In Sunday's Clash
When: Sunday, August 29 - 11:30 AM ET
Where: Molineux Stadium
Cristiano Ronaldo Back Home
Manchester United announced on Friday they have reached an agreement to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. Cristiano is a legend United playing for 6 years with them, 292 games, scoring 118 goals, winning the Champions League and 3 Premier League titles. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will not play against Wolves. He will make a triumphant return after the international break when United will host Newcastle. The Red Devils already strengthened their squad with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane but CR7 is more than that, he’s a marketing masterpiece. United has seen the club’s stock market value rocket by $291m just 4 hours after the transfer announcement.
What will Cristiano bring? Yes, he’s a world-class player, he can win a match on his own, score crucial goals and deliver when the team needs him. The most important attribute CR7 will bring is the fighting spirit and consistency, something United lacks.
Man United Hit & Miss
The Red Devils kick-off their season with a superb 5-1 victory against Leeds. What happened next? We all thought they will beat Southampton on the road, but they were kept to a 1-1 draw by the Saints. It was a point won from a losing position with a disappointing Paul Pogba, who was the star of the season opener. We talked early about consistency and how much they need a player like Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.
United are one of the title contenders and the 1-1 draw against the Saints will count a lot at the end of the season. Yes, they won 1 point from a losing position but that’s not enough when you have world-class players all over the pitch. Sometimes players like Pogba or Bruno Fernandes, 2 of the best Premier League players who should be the soul and heart of the team, believe they are playing a friendly match or participating in a training session. They suddenly lose their focus and lucidity, and it’s not the 1st time this happens. This is also a managerial issue with the players not being the only ones guilty.
Bruno Lage Is Not Nuno Espírito Santo
Wolves sit 16th in the early standings with zero points and no goals scored in their 1st two games of the season. They are struggling to convert their scoring opportunities into goals. No goals but plenty of chances. After Liverpool, Wolves have attempted the most shots in 2 games (42) and they are sitting 5th in xG (expected goals). Don’t check only the final score, always check the deep stats (if you are betting on stats), and most importantly, watch as many games as possible.
Wolves and their new manager Bruno Lage are a totally different team and they need time, being in the middle of a long process. The manager who replaced Nuno Espírito Santo in June is trying to revamp the club’s playing style and the progress has been visible: faster pace, more aggressivity, high pressing. Despite losing both games and not managing to find the back of the net, the players and even the fans are happy with their new manager and his philosophy. Time will tell but Wolves must start contributing on the scoreboard.
Wolves vs. Man United Prediction
Playing high is very risky against Man United. If you lose the ball in your opponents’ half, they will have plenty of chances to score on the break. Sancho, Fernandes, Pogba, Greenwood will eat you alive if you give them space.
The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 27 Premier League away games winning 17 in the process. They will set the record for the longest unbeaten on the road streak if they will return home with at least 1 point from this clash. They conceded against Leeds and Southampton, and we expect them to concede again. Wolves must break the ice and score their 1st goal of the season.
The value is on an away win with United being priced at -125 with Unibet but we also like both teams to find the back of the net.
Wolves vs. Man United Picks
Man United to ML @ -125
Both teams to score @ -118