Back in August, you’d have got good odds on this fixture being 5th vs 6th with a third of the season gone.
Both teams may have slid down a few places by the time it kicks off I suppose, but that shouldn’t take away from the achievement.
It’s worth remembering this was a League One contest in the not too distant past.
The teams have been put together in very different ways, but what they have in common is a progressive head coach who refuses to compromise their approach regardless of the opposition.
This should be a really good game.
When we lost at Bramall Lane two years ago it was evident what Chris Wilder was building.
There was an intensity to their play that Nuno’s burgeoning team simply couldn’t contain and they ran out deserved winners.
It didn’t quite happen for them that season and they hardly coasted to promotion a year later, but they’ve developed their style in the Premier League and look as good as anyone outside the top four.
I watched their 3-3 draw with Man Utd last weekend and save for a 10-minute collapse were comfortably the better side.
They press high, win a lot of second balls and are very direct in attack. Even their centre backs maraud forward when the opportunity presents itself.
They’re undefeated in their 6 away fixtures thus far (and didn’t lose away for a long time in the Championship before that either) but have only won one of those games.
The away end
Some surprisingly pessimistic comments lifted from the match thread on a Blades forum.
Not confident for this one at all. I call these a bogey side for us. I’m even less confident now I’ve seen our stats for Molineux – 10 wins. The “hope” I have is that they pick up an injury tonight or they’re a bit fatigued. We’ve had the week off whereas they won’t have. I know they have a bit of a cushion points wise in their group so could rotate the squad slightly which wouldn’t help us. We’ll see. But as above, these are our biggest test so far for me.
played their full strength team and blown a 3-1 lead. hope they’re not fully physically and mentally there on sunday. honestly can’t see us getting anything from it if they are
Ive said early in the thread that I don’t like this one but the fact they’ve played last night, won’t be in training today and will be more tired than is gives us a slight advantage in that regard. Hopefully we can get something but I’m not backing us.
Think this will be an end to our unbeaten run. Wolves probably have one of the best squads on paper and are to some extent under achieving in the prem. I’m going 2-0 wolves but the Blades to bounce back with 3 wins on the bounce.
Hopefully catch em cold after a Thursday trip to Europe. Unbeaten run continues 1-2 Blades
I believe Romain Saiss is suspended for this one, which gives Nuno a headache.
If Ryan Bennett is fit, which might be fanciful, I’d definitely be using him to fill the gap. I’d still put Vallejo above Kilman but that’s probably an unpopular call.
In isolation that enforced change shouldn’t be the decisive factor as long as everyone else is fit and firing.
The front three showed again last night that given the opportunity they will wreak havoc. Even in an open game, I now feel we can hope to outscore most teams, particularly at home.
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