Kick-off: 2000, 14/09/2020
Stadium: Bramall Lane
Sheffield United will be fired up to prove a fine first season back in the Premier League was no fluke and are value to beat Wolves at Bramall Lane.
Wanderers may be affected more than any other team by a shortened summer break, having played 59 times in their marathon campaign, which only ended in mid-August.
We’re backing the Blades to oblige at 12/5 for our initial Sheff Utd vs Wolves prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United were the surprise package of last term, with Chris Wilder taking them to within a whisker of qualifying for Europe.
Sadly, the Blades just ran out of steam and three straight defeats to finish off the season saw them slip to ninth in the table.
However, that could prove a blessing in disguise, with the Yorkshire outfit able to focus on top-flight survival.
Outstanding keeper Dean Henderson has returned to Manchester United but re-signing former Bramall Lane trainee Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth for £18.5m fills that void.
“Aaron is certainly amongst the best young goalkeepers in this country and we are delighted to have him,” declared Wilder.
Several squad members have been rewarded with contract extensions and the spirit which served United so well last season should still be intact.
Nine of the Blades’ 14 wins were by a one-goal margin and 15/4 for them to prevail in that manner here catches the eye from the Sheff Utd vs Wolves odds.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves did well to finish seventh for a second successive season, just missing out on sixth to Tottenham via goal difference.
However, that means they will not get another crack at Europa League glory, having only gone out to eventual winners Sevilla in the quarter-finals.
Wanderers put in a few flat performances after returning from lockdown, including when beaten 1-0 at this venue.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo now has a tricky job on his hands getting Wolves back up to go again so soon after an epic season which spanned more than a year.
The signing of Portugal youth international striker Fabio Silva from Porto for a club-record fee of £37million is exciting.
Chairman Jeff Shi said on the club’s official website: “Fabio is a young player who shows not only incredible technical ability, but also his game intelligence for a player of his age is top class.
“He has the potential to be a generational talent and for us to see him develop under Nuno is very exciting. He is the type of player our fans will love.”
However, at 18, Silva will surely take a little while to settle in at a new club in a different country.
Fernando Marcal arriving from Lyon will bolster the defence, but losing Matt Doherty to Tottenham was a big blow.
United will have enjoyed a much smoother pre-season campaign, having had 15 fewer fixtures last term.
The Blades claimed seven 1-0 victories in the league and 15/2 for them to start out with another this term completes our Sheff Utd vs Wolves betting tips.
Southampton 3-1 SHEFF UTD – John Lundstram
WOLVES 0-1 Sevilla
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