With Manchester United finally put out of their European misery after blotting their copybook in not one but two continental competitions, it will be with a sense of relief that they get back to domestic duties against Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.
As badly as things have gone for the Red Devils in the Europa League of late – their 2-1 second leg loss to Athletic last night was their third successive defeat in the competition – they have at least made headway in the Premier League, where four consecutive victories have helped them move a point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.
And if Ferguson could pick a team to face to help United get over their European hangover it would surely be Wolves: without a permanent manager, odds-on for the drop at 3/10, second-bottom of the table and on a run of six consecutive home defeats, the Old Gold look to be there for the taking.
This is more than reflected in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, where a Wolves win is priced at 15/2, the draw is at 4/1 and a United victory is at 33/100.
Wolves have won two of their last four home games against Man Utd, including a 2-1 success in February last year in what was the first league defeat of the season for the Red Devils.
However, there is some hope for Wolves: they actually have a decent record against the defending champions at Molineux.
They have won two of their last four home games against Man Utd, including a 2-1 success in February last year in what was the first league defeat of the season for the Red Devils.
While a repeat of last year’s result would arguably be the shock of the season and will surely be discounted by all but the most optimistic of Wolves betting fans, with United not winning a game by more than a two-goal margin in any of their last 12 attempts, the Old Gold should at least avoid the type of hiding they have received from West Brom and Fulham in recent weeks.
With this in mind, United to win the game with under 3.5 goals could be a good bet at odds of 6/5.
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Finally, a bet on Man Utd to be winning at half time and full time is always a good pick when they are playing away from home.
United have been leading at the break in ten of their 14 games on the road, giving them the league’s best first half record.
And given they stormed to a 2-0 half time lead in the match after being dumped out of the Champions League earlier this season, don’t expect a sluggish start at Molineux.
Oh, and in case you’re interested, the 2-0 half time lead they established on that day back in December was against none other than this weekend’s opponents Wolves.
Recommended bet: Man Utd to win with under 3.5 goals @ 6/5
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