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Saturday’s defeat wasn’t in the script for United backers but if we don’t lose to Villa for another 26 years we can probably afford to let them have that one – especially after Chelsea dropped points again.

At short odds of 1.19 (2/11) the Reds should be back in business when Wolves come to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. The visitors are a massive 24.0 (23/1) to win but some lucky punters backed them at 15.0 (14/1) to beat Tottenham on Saturday, so should we back Mick McCarthy’s men?

No chance. United aren’t going to lose consecutive league matches at OT and Wolves aren’t going to win two in a row on the road. The Reds will be hungry for success on Tuesday night and we expect them to win both halves. Back Man United/Man United at 1.63 (5/8) in the Half-time/Full-time market.

United have scored two goals more on the road this season than at home. However, we believe that Wolves could be on the receiving end of a backlash on Tuesday; they’ve shipped 16 away from home and we recommend backing Over 2.5 goals at 1.67 (4/6) as well as a small wager on Over 3.5 goals at 2.62 (13/8).

Due to the skinny match odds on a home win we’re going to back United -2 at odds of 2.02 (evens) in the Asian Handicap market. This means giving Wolves a two goal head start but Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen are all likely to feature and all have a point to prove.

As a little experiment, back against a Manchester United clean sheet. It should only be a small bet but, with key men still out, odds of 2.46 (6/4) on a cheeky away goal are attractive. Wolves have scored more away than they have at Molineux so back No in the Man United clean sheet market.

Ji-Sung Park was typically industrious on the wing against Villa and it was good to see him back. If he starts, put a small bet on the South Korean to be the first goalscorer. In the correct score market, we like the look of 3-0 at 7.6 (13/2).

For some extra mid-week value, try small, maverick bets on some of the Premier League’s least predictable sides.

Wigan have beaten Chelsea this season but conceded nine against Spurs. They’re full of surprises and look over-priced at 13.0 (12/1) to beat Liverpool on Wednesday. Tottenham v Manchester City has goals written all over it so grab odds of 11.8 (11/1) on there being six goals or more.

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