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Sheffield United v Wolves: Match preview and predicted XI as Chris Wilder looks for an opening day win

The Blades launch their second season in the Premier League under Chris Wilder on Monday as they entertain Wolves at Bramall Lane.

It’s a second meeting in the space of a few short months between the sides, following on from John Egan giving United a last-gasp 1-0 win over Nuno Santo’s men following lockdown.

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Both clubs have a number of new signings who could be pushing for a start. The Blades have made four signings in the past week, while Wolves, despite losing Matt Doherty, have added Marcal, Fabio Silva, and Vitinha.

It’s all set to be a massive opening game at The Lane and one in which Chris Wilder will fancy his chances of landing all three points from. So, with that, here’s a look as the full match preview ahead of Sheffield United against Wolves.

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Where and when

Monday 14th September: Kick-off – 18:00. The game is LIVE on Sky Sports.

Team news

The Blades have a more or less fully-fit squad to choose from although a number of question marks are hanging over a couple of players.

David McGoldrick has had a knock and hasn’t featured in pre-season, while Sander Berge returned early from Norway duty due to a minor injury. Jack O’Connell should be fit to play despite not featuring in pre-season, while new signings Jayden Bogle, Ethan Ampadu, and Max Lowe should make the squad.

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Big-money capture, Aaron Ramsdale, is almost certain to start in the sticks following his move from Bournemouth.

For Wolves, Jonny Otto is recovering from surgery, meaning Nuno Santo doesn’t have either of last season’s first-choice wing-backs available. New signing Marcal could well get the nod down the left, with Adam Traore filling in on the right.

Key clashes

The biggest battle on the pitch will probably come between John Egan and Raul Jimenez. A lot of how the game pans out could rest on how the Irishman handles the brilliant Mexican striker.

In midfield, John Fleck, Ollie Norwood, and one of John Lundstram or Sander Berge will face a tough task trying to keep Ruben Neves quiet.

Finally, with Traore set to fill in at wing-back, Enda Stevens and Jack O’Connell could fancy their chances of getting in behind given his lack of defensive experience.

Predicted XI’s

Our prediction

This is a winnable game, on paper, especially given Wolves finished their season later than ours thanks to their Europa League exploits.

However, they are still a quality side and could come into the game more in their stride than the Blades.

But, Chris Wilder will fancy it. We got the better of them last season, taking four points from the two games over the course of the season and that should breed confidence in the United squad.

With that, we think a narrow win could be on the cards again and it wouldn’t surprise us to see a repeat of the 1-0 victory we saw just a few months ago.

Score prediction – Blades 1-0 Wolves 

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