Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
If, at the start of the 2019/2020 season, you’d have said Premier League: Sheffield United vs Wolves would be a key battle in the race for Europe you would have attracted very few believers and an avalanche of ridicule. The Blades were favourites for the drop, while Wolves, on their first Europa League campaign, were expected to toil a little more in their second season at the top.
But fast forward nine months and the impossible dream is becoming more real by the week. Sheffield head coach Chris Wilder has guided his team to within touching distance of a Europa League place, and it would be a remarkable achievement to emulate Wolves’ first season feat. Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo’s golden revolution at Molineux continues at speed and his team is still in the hunt for a Champions League place.
This Wednesday night game promises to be a fascinating clash, so let’s take a closer look at the two teams and find the best value in the Sheffield United vs Wolves betting odds, right here at SBOBET.
Blade’s attacking backs
Part of Wilder’s philosophy, which has taken Sheffield United from League 1 obscurity to Premier League stability, is to rip up the tactics book and innovate. His three overlapping centre backs have shaken things up in the top flight as his defensive unit attacks with freedom.
Centre back, John Egan, finished like a seasoned striker to grab the Blades a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Sunday, while Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell have played together for four years; and are regularly seen raiding down the wings.
An injury to O’Connell kept him out when play resumed and he made a first appearance in the last half hour at Turf Moor. His absence has been unsettling for the Blades who lost three on the bounce before beating Spurs and drawing with the Clarets.
This unit of three has been a key component of Wilder’s success, as has the brilliant form of on-loan keeper Dean Henderson. He’s likely to return to Manchester United in the close season but Henderson has a big role to play in South Yorkshire over the next couple of weeks.
Wolves can still make the Champions League
With five games still to play Wolves are five points behind Chelsea, who are in possession of the fourth Champions League spot. But fifth placed Manchester United are only three points away and, depending on the outcome of Manchester City’s appeal against their UEFA ban, fifth place might be good enough to qualify for Europe’s top competition.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo has always said his side has never thought about qualifying for the Champions League, but it would be hard to ignore the possibility when it is potentially so close.
Nuno’s side is still in the 2019/20 Europa League, with a chance to reach the last eight having drawn their first leg Round of 16 tie with Olimpiacos. And they have juggled European matters with their domestic responsibilities quite superbly. Wolves play an attractive brand of football with midfield maestro Joao Moutinho pulling the strings. He has seven assists to his name while striker Raul Jimenez continues to thrive, scoring 15 league goals already this season.
But the biggest revelation has been flying winger Adama Traore who has pace to burn and has contributed nine assists.
Defeat to Arsenal ended a run of three consecutive wins for Wolves and they will be keen to bounce back at Bramall Lane.
These are two well-matched sides now, and they have been so in the meetings held since 1995. The Blades have won nine to Wolves’ 11 and there have been 12 draws; though the head to head Sheffield United vs Wolves results over this period aren’t all from the Premier League, by a long stretch.
These two teams met in the Championship in 2018 and in League 1 as recently as 2014. But both have had a remarkable rise back to the top which shows no sign of slowing.
|Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers||Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.95|
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However Wolves’ season ends up they can look back with pride, and we can say the same for the Blades. The odds for this game back the visitors at 2.10, which makes sense as Wolves are unbeaten in four away games.
With Sheffield United at 3.45 and the draw at 3.05 all three results are well in play; and the most likely score line is another 1-1 for the Blades, at odds of 5.40.
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.
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