Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, says it will be “tough” for Wolves having more than a fortnight’s less preparation time for their Premier League opener.
The Blades host Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 14. It comes a little over a month after the latter played their last competitive fixture of 2019/20.
Wolves finished their season on August 11 when they were eliminated from the Europa League by eventual winners Sevilla. That was more than two weeks after United, who ended with a 3-1 defeat to Southampton in the league.
“We know how good Wolves are and how much quality they’ve got in their team,” McBurnie told SUTV.
“They’ve kind of just finished their season last week, or the week before.
“It will be tough for them, but they’ve got a big squad, a real good squad. I’m sure they’ll be able to cope with that.”
Sheffield United v Wolves – Battle of the back threes
Both the Blades and Wolves enjoyed impressive campaigns last time out, having made good returns to the top flight in the past two years.
United finished ninth in their first Premier League season in 12 years. Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finished seventh for the second term running. This after being promoted from the Championship themselves 12 months’ prior.
Both teams utilise a three-man defence and wing-backs after it served them well in their promotion campaigns. Their meetings in 2019/20 were also close, with a 1-1 draw at Molineux and the Blades winning 1-0 at Bramall Lane post-lockdown.
Santo and Chris Wilder are well regarded coaches in the division, having been praised for the way they have quickly adapted to the top tier of English football.
The fact Wolves will have such a short turnaround before this next fixture could work in United’s favour. Especially as seven of their players are also currently away on international duty.
However, Wilder also has to content with national call-ups, with seven of his squad away with their countries at the moment too.