Michael Owen will return to action in the Carling Cup fourth round as holders Manchester United prepare to face Wolverhampton Wanderers for a place in the quarter-finals.
Owen has been in training after recovering from a groin injury and will be looking to add to his Carling Cup tally after scoring twice against Scunthorpe in the third round, taking him to seven goals in his last nine Carling Cup appearances.
This is a repeat of last year’s third round tie in which Danny Wellbeck scored the winner for Man Utd as they laboured to a 1-0 win.
Man Utd won’t be able to rely on Wellbeck this year as they look to justify their 2/7 favouritism, but they can count on Owen, and a Owen goal in a 1-0 Man Utd win is available at 16/1.
Mick McCarthy may hand a start to Stephen Hunt as he looks to continue his recovery from the foot injury that kept him out for eight months, but McCarthy’s decision to field a second string team sees Wolves available at 10/1 to get the win at Old Trafford tomorrow night.
Wolves have only won once in the six times these two have clashed since 2003/04, and a repeat of that 1-0 scoreline is priced at 12/1.
In those six games the result has either finished 1-0 or 3-0, (Man Utd won both games that finished 3-0), but with both teams fielding weakened sides, the 1-0 result is the more likely and under 1.5 goals is available at 4/1.
Thomas Kuszczak has started three games for Man Utd this season and has kept clean sheets in two of those starts, – Man Utd are 8/11 to keep a clean sheet.
Five of the last six ties involving Wolves have gone to extra time and Wolves are 6/1 to qualify.
Man Utd are 1/12 to qualify. See the full Manchester United vs Wolves betting odds market here.