You can’t mention Sheffield United to a Wolves fan without entering into a conversation about Cardiff.
But that unforgettable, wondrous, magical day was the exception to the rule that are no easy games against the Blades.
In fact, over the years they’ve been a barometer against which I’ve judged many a Wolves side.
For instance, it was only after we went to Brammall Lane and won 3-1 in 2008 that I truly believed we could go on and win the league.
Spearheaded by James Beattie, they outplayed us in the return fixture with Wolves lucky to emerge with a 1-1 draw. And thanks to various promotions and relegations since, that was the last time the teams locked horns.
Strange times for the Blades right now. On the one hand, results have been dire and they’re languishing third from bottom of League One.
They’ve lost their last 5 matches and have only managed 5 league goals all season.
Yet new foreign owners and the promise of significant investment suggests happier days are just around the corner.
They’ve already drafted in the likes of Marlon King, Leeds winger Ryan Hall and Stoke midfielder Florent Cuvelier in the hope of steadying the ship.
David Weir will be feeling the heat but no doubt looking at this fixture as an opportunity to start afresh.
I think we’ve already scored one significant victory over United this season by poaching Kevin McDonald. He’s easily the most complete central midfielder we have and I think we’re still to see the very best of him. Who he plays alongside tomorrow will be interesting with David Davis suspended. I think the team will be:
I think Dave Edwards might get the nod in midfield with Kenny Jackett hoping experience can plug the gaping holes. His injury record has been obscene, which is a shame because I think he could be a useful player at this level.
I find it impossible to second guess the manager on who he’ll pick up front. It could be any combination of our first choice three. Jake Cassidy bagged a hat-trick in a behind closed doors friendly against Sheffield United earlier in the week, so maybe even he could force his way in?
Hopefully we’ll play with two wingers and have a really good go at a team that’s struggling to find it’s feet.
No surprise given the league table that Wolves are favourites for the win at 10/11. A Sheffield United win is available at 7/2. The draw is 13/5.
Marlon King is a fairly generous 13/2 to get the first goal or you can get 4/1 on Leigh Griffiths to make a return to the scoresheet.
Matt Doherty is always a decent first goalscorer bet given that he gets forward for set pieces and isn’t afraid to attack the opposition’s box. At 25/1, it could be worth a flutter.
All odds are available here.
61 of you thought we’d beat Shrewsbury last weekend, but only 7 got the 1-0 scoreline correct.
Well done to goldcoastkiddywolf, Yorkshire Wolf, AmberWolf, Wight Wolf, Bullyisagod, dave h and Adrian for doubling up. It’s a single for everyone else.
I wonder if United are as bad as their results suggest? Can they really be that poor?
I’m expecting a close game, but I’ll back us for the win.
Up The Wolves.