Michael Owen is expected to return to Manchester United’s forward line when Wolves visit Old Trafford for their Carling Cup clash.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to first-time customers and cash back specials for the televised Carling Cup fourth round tie between Manchester United and Wolverhampton kicking off at 8.00pm on Tuesday.
With Rooney absent with a knee injury, Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to save Saturday’s goal-hero Javier Hernandez for Premier League duty.
Bookmaker Victor Chandler is offering odds of 11/2 for Owen to open the scoring against Wolves, the former England striker netted twice in the third round away at Scunthorpe.
Going for his third successive Carling Cup trophy Ferguson will be confident his fringe players can handle Wolves who haven’t won at Old Trafford in over 30 years.
Mick McCarthy was fined £25,000 last year for fielding an under strength side for the Premier League game at Old Trafford, but has insisted that this time a full strength first team will take on United for a quarter-final place.
If that is the case, Paddy Power’s odds of 10/1 for a Wolves win may attract some interest from football bettors.
Ryan Giggs and Jonny Evans are sidelined for United who will look to give a number if fringe players an opportunity against Premier League opposition.
McCarthy is expected to involve Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt who returned from an eight month absence with a foot injury to come off the bench against Chelsea on Saturday.
Ronald Zubar, Jody Craddock and Michael Knightly are ruled out with injury while Karl Henry is suspended.
Possible starting lineups:
MANCHESTER UNITED: Kuszczak, Rafael, Brown, Smalling, Fabio, Obertan, Anderson, Gibson, Park, Owen, Macheda,
WOLVERHAMPTON: Hennessey, Foley, Berra, Stearman, Ward, Jarvis, Edwards, Milijas, Hunt, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.