There’s Monday evening Premier League action this opening weekend as Sheffield United welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Bramall Lane.
Like their opponents the year before them, Chris Wilder’s Blades were a real breath of fresh air as a newly-promoted side last season, still pushing for European qualification when it was suspended in mid-March.
They fell away a little in the end, winning just three of 10 post-lockdown outings, but finished with a more than respectable 9th-place finish, two places and five points behind their opponents here.
Part of the success of Sheffield United was in the element of surprise and opposition sides not knowing how to deal with their innovative overlapping centre-backs system. A little more established now, they’re looking to avoid second season syndrome.
Wolves did well to avoid that fate and were still competitive throughout to register a second successive 7th-place finish last term - especially impressive considering that they were juggling a Europa League campaign that ran from July 2019 to August 2020, eventually losing to Sevilla at the quarter-final stage.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men won’t have any European commitments to worry about this season, but could potentially be fatigued with just over a month since their gruelling 2019-20 campaign came to an end in Germany.
Last season, Wolves failed to beat Wilder’s side, drawing 1-1 at Molineux last December followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat in South Yorkshire in July, courtesy of a last-minute John Egan winner.
We recommend backing Sheffield United for another narrow home win here. They’ve had a longer rest than the visitors and managed to edge out Wolves only two months ago. That’s priced at a generous 7/1 with Paddy Power.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Sheffield United to win 1-0 - 7/1 (Paddy Power)