Wolves have an FA Cup semi-final looming and Manchester United can take advantage as we preview Tuesday’s Premier League matches.
The shadow of the weekend’s semi-finals falls over Tuesday’s Premier League programme, with Wolves and Watford both having other things on their mind.
In the big game at Molineux, Manchester United look strong odds-against shots despite having lost 2-1 there in the FA Cup just last month.
Wolves’ cup run appears to have left its mark on their league campaign and they’ve now won just one of their last six.
Admittedly most of their troubles have come on the road, but focus will surely be on the weekend now and boss Nuno Espirito Santo openly spoke about his small squad in his pre-match press conference, suggesting changes will be made for this game.
United have no match at the weekend and so will be going full pelt, desperate for points in their bid to claim a top-four finish.
They should be backed at 21/20, with a venture into the cards market also worthwhile given disciplinarian Mike Dean has the whistle.
Nemanja Matic has been booked in five of his last seven starts with Dean in charge and has received a card in eight of his 19 away games this season, including the aforementioned cup tie.
Watford will also have Wembley on their minds and that is the only off-putting factor about backing them to beat Fulham at 2/3.
Fulham have lost 14 of their 16 away league games, including their last six by two or more goals.
2/3 could look a great price come the final whistle for those prepared to take the risk, but Evens about there being more than 3.5 cards looks better value.
Roger East is the Premier League’s strictest ref in card terms, while only two teams have picked up more yellows than Watford. Fulham are also well down the fair-play table.
East has shown at least four cards in four of his seven Premier League games, a ratio which becomes seven of 11 if you add in his Championship appearances.
In individual terms, Cyrus Christie to be carded at 7/2 is worth a look. The right-back has had his name taken in four of his last eight league starts and faces the threat of the dangerous Roberto Pereyra down his side of the field if he isn’t rested.