FA Cup Sixth Round – Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United: Hungry Wolves Look to Feed off Wounded United
It may not be the best kick-off time for the travelling supporters of both clubs, but Saturday nights’ main event is undoubtedly the top billing of the FA Cup Sixth Round as Wolverhampton Wanderers host Manchester United at Molineux with a kick-off time of 19:55 GMT.
The hosts will be flying for this game, after an excellent 1-1 away draw at Chelsea last Sunday, with Blues forward Eden Hazard injury-time leveller denying Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a memorable, and arguably, deserved victory. Wolves have already knocked out Liverpool in this seasons’ FA Cup, so the arrival of United will hold no fears for the West Country outfit, who have quickly acclimatised to the Premier League this season.
Tough games have been coming thick and fast for United in this season’s FA Cup; away trips to the Emirates and Stamford Bridge have already been accomplished, and another difficult away trip for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side awaits at the weekend. United are licking their wounds after a 2-0 Premier League away defeat at Arsenal last weekend, which was Solskjaer’s first away reversal since his appointment as temporary manager last December.
This promises to be an entertaining contest on Saturday night, and the tie must be decided on the evening, as no replays take place in the FA Cup from the Fifth Round onwards, so please read on for our thoughts on this important clash.
Event Date: 16 March, 2019
Manchester United are the market favourites with the bookmakers to progress to the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup. Ladbrokes are as short as 5/4 on the Red Devils to qualify for Wembley, however, Unibet offers the more – if only slightly – generous odds of 23/17 on a United victory.
A win for the home side is next best in the Match Odds at 11/5 with Coral and Black Type, while the Draw after 90 minutes would not be welcome for either side, due to heavy fixture schedules, but the stalemate at Full-Time can be had at the best industry odds of 12/5 with SportingBet.
Wolves’ home record is good, if not spectacular. The Wanderers are unbeaten at Molineux in six games in all competitions, which suggests that United will not have an easy ride on Saturday night. It wouldn’t be the most appreciated result at this time of the season, but my preference for this game is the Draw at the reasonable odds of 12/5 with SportingBet. The Wolves can be a dogged outfit and they can frustrate United to force a draw and extra time.
Individual Goal Scorers
This is a market to tread carefully. My strongest advice above anything in this particular market is to check the Team News for the game around one hour before kick-off before placing any wagers. Okay, if your particular First Goalscorer choice is not on the field when the opening goal is scored, your bet will be refunded, but let’s face it, there’s no fun in that.
United strikers, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are the co-favourites to score the First Goal in this game, but it would be a sensible option to see if your particular choice is in the starting eleven. SportNation and RedZoneSports go 11/2 on Rashford, while 10Bet and SportPesa are the best industry price of 6/1 on Lukaku, who has regained his central striking role under Solskjaer in recent games.
Wolves are likely to field a very similar line-up to the recent Chelsea game, so we will just offer up the prices of some of their potential First Goalscorer options. Mexican striker Raul Jimenez is a 13/2 shot with Sport Pesa and 10 Bet, while Portuguese attacker, Leo Bonatini is available with Betway at the top price of 15/2.
A couple to throw out at as alternative options include United’s Anthony Martial, who is likely to return to the starting line-up following injury, and Wolves’ Ruben Neves. SportNation quote a best of 15/2 for Martial while Betway and Sport Pesa offer the tempting price of 18/1 for the Portuguese midfielder, who has a penchant for long-range strikes.
Other Side Bets
Both Teams to Score looks to be a solid selection again in this contest, as you can guarantee that both sides will want to attack and avoid a potential replay. Betfred offer the best industry price of 4/5 on BTTS, which looks to be a very solid selection.
I was mulling over the possibility of tipping up a Wolves victory in this game, but I feel that United will get a positive result – albeit after a draw after ninety minutes. However, the option with Ladbrokes and Coral in the Both Teams to Score market for a Draw outcome with Both Teams Scoring in the match at 10/3 is another bet worthy of considering. I expect that Wolves will fly out of the traps against their more illustrious opponents and make the game very difficult for United.
Regular readers of these columns know we like to offer up a Correct Score bet, and this time we are going for one at a price. Considering we believe that the game will end in stalemate, our selection is for an exciting 2-2 draw at 13/1 with SportingBet – fingers crossed!
- Both Teams to Score in the Match at 4/5 with Betfred
- Both Teams to Score and Full Time Result to Be A Draw at 10/3 with Ladbrokes
- Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Manchester United Correct Score Bet at 13/1 with Sportingbet.