Week two of the English Premier League season comes to a conclusion on Monday evening as Wolverhampton Wanderers play host to Manchester United. Molineaux Stadium will be packed to its 32,000 capacity and there will be plenty more following the match through the live coverage offered by Sky Sports, kick-off 8.00pm.
The visitors invested heavily in their playing squad during pre-season and are confident a successful season lies ahead as they push for a return to the top four. Their opponents will make life as difficult as possible however, refusing to roll over in front of an expectant and demanding home support. This one has all the ingredients of a thrilling encounter.
Bookmakers Offer over 100 Markets
Bookmakers have reacted to the increased levels of interest that comes from the live TV coverage, with major firms offering over 100 markets on the contest. You can have your say before the start or keep your powder dry and bet as the game progresses. Many of the best original betting markets remain live and competitive during the 90 minutes thanks to in play betting. A punt is as exciting in the final few attacks as it was before the start.
Traders have made their feelings very clear on how they expect this game to go and, despite a close match predicted by many experts, the money men have set up camp in the away dressing room. Manchester United are hot favourites to get off to a flyer, bet365 offering the Red Devils as 5/4 favourites. That’s a fairly convincing stance and we expect to see that price included on a fair share of weekend accumulators.
A draw has been priced up as the next most likely outcome and that comes in as a 12/5 second favourite, available when taking advantage of the generosity shown by Betfred. Most firms are stuck around the 23/10 mark on the same bet. If you are sitting on the fence and can’t split these sides, we’d suggest backing the draw at Betfred to ensure you get more for your money. The home win is outsider of three in the match betting, Unibet giving a standout 12/5 about the upset.
Man Utd Spend Big in the Summer
Much was made of Manchester United’s spending during the summer, both in national press and amongst supporters of the club. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was, seemingly, given an open chequebook to turn around the team’s fortunes and he has taken the lead of Sir Alex Ferguson, ploughing his faith and trust into youth. A number of promising young stars were brought in, including Harry Maguire, but they’ll be asked to hit the ground running. A period to settle isn’t something that’s afforded to modern footballers or managers.
Securing a top four finish is the job handed to Solskjaer this season and he got right down to work when guiding his recruits to a stunning 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last week. That was, undoubtedly, result of the opening weekend and it will take some beating for performance of the month. Frank Lampard’s side were battered from pillar to post on Sunday afternoon, the club returning to London with more questions than answers. Rashford scored a double, one from the penalty spot, and there were also goals for Martial and James.
More of the same would get the fans’ attention and ensure critics take United’s title ambitions seriously. Making Old Trafford a fortress again will be a priority for Ole and his coaching staff, but they also must bring about improvement on the road, helping his players dig out an ugly win in games they would’ve surely drawn this time last year under Jose Mourinho. Another win to nil is available to those after a bigger price, offered at 29/10 by Bet Victor. There’s enough in that to back as a super single. The handicap has Man Utd -1 at 16/5 (William Hill).
Wolves Hungry for Success
Wolves were picked by many pundits and betting experts to be relegated come the end of this season, but they are a club experienced enough to know Premier League football never follows a script. Critics can make predictions and assumptions but if Wolves play to the best of their abilities and make themselves difficult to beat at home, there’s no reason why they can’t secure their survival and play top-flight football for, at least, another season.
They got off to a decent enough start when earning an opening day draw away to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Many sports bettors had Brendan Rodgers picked to get off to a winner on Sunday but the fitness that comes from playing Europa League qualifying football helped Wolves and they battled to a 0-0 draw. There were chances for both sides to break the deadlock but in taking a point, Wanderers proved themselves to be a well organised side and a tough nut to crack.
Taking no in the both teams to score market may appeal to some and that’s available at 21/20 with Bet Victor. Will Wolves have what it takes to hold off a United side who arrive on the back of scoring four goals against a talented Chelsea? We’ll find out soon enough. Under 2.5 goals is one for your accumulators at 8/11 with bet365.