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Wolverhampton vs. Manchester United: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Preview

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2019

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02:  Ashley Young of Manchester United and Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on April 2, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)
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Wolverhampton Wanderers are aiming for a third win in a row over Manchester United at Molineux Stadium when the teams meet in the Premier League on Monday.

Identical 2-1 scorelines helped Wolves to see off the Red Devils at home in both the league and FA Cup last season. On both occasions, Diogo Jota caused United problems and found the net.

The visitors will be confident of a different outcome this time, though, after fortifying their defence with big-money summer acquisitions Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Both of the new boys impressed during the 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last time out. The performance also saw United flex some attacking muscle, with the pace of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial particularly dangerous.

                   

Date: Monday, August 19

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports PL, NBCSN

Live Stream: Sky Go. NBC Sports App. fuboTV.

             

Odds

Wolves: 21-10
United: 13-10
Draw: 12-5

Odds per Caesars.

Jota scored in both Wolves' home matches against Monday's visitors last season, and his pace and perceptive movement will offer a sterner test of United's new-look defence than Chelsea. The Portuguese has combined his game brilliantly with the clever hold-up play of centre-forward Raul Jimenez.

Their link-up produced a moment of magic during Wolves' 4-0 second-leg win over Pyunik in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday:

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🗣 "That is the stuff of dreams for Wolves!" 😍 Diogo Jota adds a sublime fourth goal for @Wolves 🐺 #WOLPYU https://t.co/dvXAynX1Lu

Keeping Jota and Jimenez in check will be the remit of Maguire and Wan-Bissaka. The duo bossed the Blues, showcasing the extra athleticism and aggression they have brought to what was a suspect back four.

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Harry Maguire's game by numbers vs. Chelsea: 86% pass accuracy 72 touches 7 clearances (most) 4 interceptions (most) 2 blocked shots (most) 1 chance created 1 clean sheet 0 fouls committed Worth every penny. 😉 https://t.co/zrP9IIkA4D

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s game by numbers vs. Chelsea: 100% final third pass accuracy 100% aerial duels won 86% pass accuracy 6 tackles won 3 interceptions 2/4 take-ons won 0 fouls committed 0 goals conceded Welcome to Old Trafford, AWB. 🕷 https://t.co/5Ep4pxy3Qs

Wolves love to soak up pressure and strike on the counter, but letting United have the ball could be a risky approach given how well the Red Devils used it in their opener. Paul Pogba notably produced a number of quality passes, including a pair of assists.

Pogba's vision and flair are the ideal tools for releasing Martial and Rashford in behind a defence. The pair accounted for three goals against Chelsea, with Rashford bagging a brace.

Wolves are tough at the back thanks to goalkeeper Rui Patricio and centre-back Willy Boly. The latter excelled during Week 1's commendable 0-0 draw away to Leicester City.

If United can exploit their pace up top early, Pogba and Co. will cause too many problems for Wolves to cope with. That threat, combined with greater ability defensively, should see United take all three points.