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Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Odds & Prediction – EPL Round 21

Gary Gowers

by Gary Gowers in Soccer News

Jan 2, 2022 · 6:57 AM PST

Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebration
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
  • It is Manchester United vs Burnley in Round 21 of the EPL on Monday, January 3 at 12:30pm ET
  • United come into this off the back of a win over Burnley while Wolves have had an enforced break
  • We preview the game, look at the odds, and offer some picks below

Manchester United hosts Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday, January 3 at 12:30 pm ET in Round 21 of the English Premier League.

United will be looking to follow up their 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford, while Wanderers are playing their first match since their excellent 0-0 draw with Chelsea back on December 19.

We list the odds, preview Manchester United vs Wolves, and offer below the best picks for this EPL Matchday 20 clash.

Manchester United vs Wolves Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Manchester United vs Wolves MNU -0.5 (-177) | WOL +0.5 (+145) MNU -175| DRAW +310 | WOL +500 Ov 2.5 (+102) | Un 2.5 (-127)

Odds as of January 2 at BarStool.

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Win for United over Burnley

New manager Ralf Rangnick has had a positive effect on Man United’s results but they are still a long way off being the well-oiled machine their fans demand. Performance levels have been indifferent, to say the least, and even against lowly Burnley in midweek, they failed to properly dominate, even after roaring into a 3-0 lead inside 35 minutes.

In the end, goals from Scott McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and a Ben Mee OG were more than enough, but after the experienced Aaron Lennon pulled one back for the Clarets before halftime, the second half became a question of consolidation for United rather than them pushing on for more goals. But, importantly, the 3-1 win extended the Red Devils’ unbeaten run to eight games across all competitions.

Fernandes is Back

The win over Burnley left them in seventh place but they are now just four points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with, crucially, two games in hand. This good run of results off the back of Rangnick’s arrival has had the desired effect – they are now well and truly back in the mix for a Champions League place for next season. Equally important is their impressive home form, which has seen them win their last three.

With Wolves leading the chasing pack, a win here for United would open up an eight-point gap between the two teams, leaving just Leicester City as the only realistic challengers to the top seven, so the prize is a big one. It is very useful for Rangnick therefore that Bruno Fernandes return to the squad after missing the Burnley game through suspension.

Manchester United vs Wolves Head-to-Head Stats

Manchester United
VS
Wolves
9-4-5 EPL Record 7-4-7
30 Goals For 13
26 Goals Against 14
7th League Position 8th
W-W-D-W-D-W Form Guide (All competitions) D-D-L-L-W-D
1.67 Average Expected Goals For (xG) 0.94

Christmas Break for Wolves

Wolves were the victims of two postponements over Christmas with their games on December 26 and 28, against Watford and Arsenal respectively, being canceled after an outbreak of COVID in the Wolves camp. As a result, Wolves have two games in hand on many of the teams above them, but with that six-point gap opening up between them and the top seven, they cannot afford for that gap to get too much bigger.

Bruno Lage’s men have had a good season after a slow start but they have had a problem in front of goal, having scored just 13 goals from their 18 games. Their strength has been in defense where their outstanding 14-against record is second only to Manchester City, and Lage has spoken of the need to generate more goals from his squad.

Sound Defense for Wolves

But their solid defense has stood them in good stead and in their most recent outing, on December 19, they managed a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge. The 0-0 draw was the product of some fine defensive organization and, in the process, dented Chelsea’s title challenge. It was their fifth clean sheet in seven Premier League games, and even in losing to Liverpool and Man City they were only single-goal defeats.

The flip side is they have only won once in their last six Premier League games, and what looked to be a full-on charge for the European places has faltered over the last month.  Wolves have scored just once in their last four away Premier League games, and the omens at Old Trafford for them are not good either after losing 1-0 there last season courtesy of an injury-time winner from Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United vs Wolves Prediction

Wolves struggles in front of goal will be the key factor here, especially as they will believe they can restrict United to only a few chances.

But with Ronaldo in a rich scoring vein, it is quite conceivable that United could edge home thanks to a repeat of last season’s scoreline. For me, there is value in the parlay double.

Picks: United to win 1-0 (+525) / Cristiano Ronaldo to score the only goal (+300)

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