Competition: Premier League Date: Sunday 1st December 2019 Venue: Molineux Kick-off: 14:00 BST Referee: David Coote
Sheffield United travel to Wolves this weekend with striker Oli McBurnie one of a number of players looking to be given the nod by Chris Wilder.
The Blades boss has kept faith the same line-up for the majority of the season. However, a potential injury to Lys Mousset could give McBurnie his chance. The big Scotland striker scored the equalising goal against Manchester United last weekend.
Prior to Chris Wilder’s press conference ahead of the trip to Molineux, we’ve put together our match preview with all you need to know ahead of the game.
As mentioned, Lys Mousset could be set to miss out for the Blades. Oli McBurnie, then, will be hoping to get the nod after getting the seal of approval from Chris Wilder this week.
John Egan will hope to return after missing the game with Man United. The Irish defender missed the clash with a calf injury and was replaced by Phil Jagielka.
Midfielder John Lundstram will need to be careful. He’s one yellow card away from a suspension. Meanwhile, Dean Henderson will more than likely make his return in goal.
For Wolves, much will depend on who has come out of their 3-3 draw with Braga last night. Nuno Santo played a full-strength team in Portugal as Wolves threw away a 3-1 lead.
Long-term injury victim, Willy Boly, will definitely miss out, despite fellow defender Romain Saiss admitting he is progressing well from a broken leg. Saiss, meanwhile, will miss the game himself through suspension.
It should be a thrilling affair between the Blades and Wolves. Both are unbeaten in their last five outings at least and they sit fifth and sixth in the table respectively.
Wolves can close to within four points of Chelsea in fourth with a win while the Blades can leapfrog the Midlanders back into fifth.
United are unbeaten away from home this term. Wolves, on the other hand, have only been beaten once at home all season. Chelsea were the victors that day, securing a 5-2 win.
Last time out and history
Wolves hold the upper hand of late. The Blades have won only once in the last seven meetings between the clubs. That win came in United’s first season back in the Championship when a Leon Clarke double sealed all three points at Bramall Lane.
Last time out, however, Wolves demolished the Blades with ease, winning 3-0 at Molineux. Coincidentally, that same scoreline was on display when Wolves beat the Blades in the play-off final back in 2003.
It’s a pretty even story throughout history, though. United have won 39 games to Wolves’ 38, with 36 draws to go alongside those victories.
Our view and predicted score
We keep saying similar, but this really is as tough as they come in the Premier League. Especially away from home.
United will need to be firing on all cylinders to have a chance. We think a lot could depend on Lys Mousset being fit.
While we back Oli McBurnie to do well, Mousset is ideal for away games with his pace in behind. If he doesn’t make it, then it might well prove too much for United.
However, we are unbeaten away from home. Although, that record must come to an end at some point.
But with Wolves playing last night and the Blades having a week of prep, we think Chris Wilder’s men can take all three points and condemn Wolves to a first home loss.
Our prediction – Wolves 0 – 1 Blades