Did anyone see that coming? While Manchester City’s Champions League elimination was widely predicted, Manchester United’s exit following a 2-1 defeat to FC Basel on Wednesday evening was a huge upset.
Indeed, you have to go back to February to find an example of a Manchester United defeat which was so unexpected.
With Wolves scoring just five times in their seven away matches so far this season, the best bet could be on a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win for the home team at odds of 7/5.
That came at Molineux, when a highly-unfancied Wolves side inflicted a first league defeat of the season on the Red Devils.
Sir Alex Ferguson has called for a reaction from his players in the wake of their Basel humiliation and it is the Old Gold who offer the likes of David de Gea and Patrice Evra with their first shot at redemption.
However, as well as serving as motivation for his underachieving squad, Ferguson’s call to arms serves to highlight the fact that all has not been well at Old Trafford for some time now.
For what is the benchmark Ferguson is urging his charges to aspire to? A gung-ho approach at the start of the season masked some serious flaws in defence and midfield until exposed in the Manchester derby.
And, despite being more defensively sound since then, United have hardly been fluent in attack.
So even if United win on Saturday – and, where Wolves are concerned, don’t expect lightening to strike twice – they are hardly likely to do so with a glut of goals, however much Fergie turns up the blast on his hairdryer.
This is just as well, for there is not much to be made from backing a United victory in bwin’s 3Way football betting market at odds of 12/50.
Nor should odds of 19/4 for the draw or 12/1 for a Wolves win be considered, no matter how deep-rooted United’s problems may be.
Instead, back a United win with under 3.5 goals at odds of 21/20 or, if you are feeling brave, a home victory with under 2.5 goals at 13/5.
For it is ten weeks since United last scored more than a single goal in a Premier League match and the ability to hit the back of the net on a more regular basis is not something which can be turned on and off like a tap.
As mentioned previously, one thing that is working in United’s favour is that they have tightened up at the back.
Indeed, despite conceding six against Man City the Red Devils have the joint-best defensive record in the league.
So with Wolves scoring just five times in their seven away matches so far this season, the best bet could be on a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win for the home team at odds of 7/5.
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