Best Odds: 41/20
The Premier League is back in our lives once again this weekend after a short and sweet break, courtesy of the quick turnaround due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 teams have been making preparations ahead of what looks set to be a very competitive league campaign, and today, we’re going to be previewing the clash between Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. After both came close to qualifying for Europe in 2019/20, they’ll also both be hoping that they can replicate that kind of form this time around.
The dreaded second season syndrome is always lingering over the head of clubs like Sheffield United, and even though we all have confidence in Chris Wilder being able to spin his magic once again, the Premier League looks set to be as competitive as it ever has been. The quality of their squad isn’t even necessarily the point of their potential survival, because their style of football should be enough to see them through.
Ramsdale looks set to start in goal for United but there are a few injury issues for the club to deal with in the form of McGoldrick, Berge, Mousset and Moore.
Wolverhampton Wanderers may have finished seventh for two consecutive seasons, but a lot of fans – both at Molineux at in a neutral sense – are of the belief that they could struggle in 2020/21. They’ve been able to introduce a few bright new faces into the equation which is bound to reignite the flame amongst the fanbase but there’s no guarantee of success, even though the lack of European football should ensure they’re able to focus on the domestic side of things.
Buur could be forced to come in as a right wing-back with Traore being doubtful and Doherty being sold to Tottenham. The only other absence is Jonny who is still out through injury, however, Fabio Silva and Vitinha also probably aren’t going to feature just yet.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in July, Sheffield United beat Wolves 1-0.
- Sheff United have won two, drawn one and lost three of their last six games.
- Wolves have won three, drawn one and lost two of their last six games.
- Sheff United have scored six goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
- Wolves have scored seven goals and conceded four in their last six games.
The games between these two clubs last season didn’t really set the world on fire, and we’re not so sure this is going to be any different. The Blades are going to try and hold Wolves to a stalemate before hitting them with some sort of counter or set piece, and while they may have pulled it off a few months back, we aren’t so sure they’ll be able to break Nuno’s men down this time. We’re predicting a 0-0 draw which wouldn’t be the worst result for either team to kickstart the campaign.
Best Odds: 41/20
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