Lawrenson makes first predictions of 2020/21, including Sheffield United v Wolves
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Lawrenson makes first predictions of 2020/21, including Sheffield United v Wolves

BBC Sport pundit, Mark Lawrenson, has made his first predictions about Sheffield United of 2020/21.

Lawrenson irked many Blades fans last season with his opinions. If Lawro had got all of his predictions about the club correct, they would have finished just outside the relegation zone in 17th with 32 points.

Instead, their first Premier League campaign in 12 years was a huge success. Chris Wilder guided his side to ninth and 54 points.

In fairness, the former Liverpool defender did actually apologise to United fans earlier this year for his wayward guesses.

So has Lawrenson changed his stance this term? Sort of.

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“Sheffield United did far better than I expected last season, but I still have my doubts about whether they have got enough goals in their side. I look forward to them proving me wrong,” the 63-year-old wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“Wolves also had an excellent campaign, and now they have to try to match it. Like the Blades, they are always very competitive and I’m expecting a decent battle here.”

Will Lawrenson be correct about Sheffield United?

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Lawro has predicted a 1-1 draw when the Blades get the new season underway on Monday night at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

This seems like a relatively safe guess from the retired Republic of Ireland international when considering their results from 2019/20.

The two sides met at Bramall Lane post-lockdown. In a closely fought game, United snatched all three points in the 93rd minute thanks to a John Egan header.

When they faced each other at Molineux earlier in the campaign, it finished 1-1.

There are a lot of similarities between the two teams. Both impressed in their first year in the top flight following promotion from the Championship with top half finishes.

Both play wing-back systems with a three-man central defence. And both are managed by highly respected coaches in Wilder and Nuno Espirito Santo.

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