Due to the unusually open configuration of the Premier League table at present, there seem to be make-or-break fixtures wherever you look.
By the time we kick-off on Wednesday we could be down to seventh if Arsenal beat Leicester.
But do we want Arsenal to beat Leicester?
That would give us a chance to claw back ground on the Champions League places after all.
Then again, if we were to lose to Sheffield Utd it would open up the very real possibility we could miss out on European football altogether.
What a strange situation to retain such confidence in your team that they could yet gatecrash Europe’s elite while not being entirely able to dismiss the wheels coming off completely.
Never a dull moment.
It looked momentarily like the Blades were about to disappear into midtable obscurity, but thrashing Spurs and a useful point at Burnley has kept their European dreams alive.
The top 5 is probably out of reach now, but a place in the Europa League is still on the table, especially if they emerge victorious in this one.
There’s not much to say about Chris Wilder’s side that hasn’t been said already – they’ve been superb and introduced a unique style of play to the Premier League.
Unlike Wolves, they’re hardly ever content to sit back and soak up pressure, preferring to play on the front foot and batter teams down with their physicality and movement.
They overwhelmed Wolves on our last visit to Bramall Lane in one of the darker nights in Nuno’s reign and were well on top for large periods in our 1-1 draw at Molineux earlier in the season.
That game showed how contrasting styles can be effective with Utd fast out of the blocks, ahead early but then running out of steam and clinging on in the final minutes with Wolves chasing the winner.
The home end
Some nice comments from Chris Wilder on Wolves ahead of this one:
“They (Wolves) have done brilliantly and are in a great position.
“We saw a lot of them in the Championship and for me they were always a Premier League club in waiting, both on and off the pitch.
“They were a Premier League team in the Championship. I don’t know if you noticed the players they had in their group when they were in the Championship, but they still had to go and win it.
“They still had to produce the performances and they did and they won the division pretty comfortably.
“They showed their class and quality in their first season in the Premier League and I am not surprised they are up where they are again. They have been brilliant in the Europa League. They are a really powerful football club at the moment in the Premier League.
“Nuno is magic, he’s a really good guy and we always have a beer afterwards. I have a lot of respect for him and his team plays fabulous football, and they are resilient.
“They have some big-money players there that are coveted by other teams but their attitude is right and the attitude of the manager is brilliant and he gets a lot out of the players.
“They have the ability to attract some top quality players but you still have to make it work, and Nuno does that.
“I think they expected to go just as well this year as they did last year and I am not surprised they have, with the combination of really good players and a fantastic manager who asks everything from them.
“They are organised and the work ethic of the team and fitness of the team is there and they have that quality as well.”
It was 343 in the game against Utd at Molineux and I think that should be the shape again.
If we’re too passive, they will thrive so I think it’s better to keep things compact but with a shape that can hurt them in the spaces they will leave open as they inevitably rampage forward.
We need more from Jota and we need more from the team as an attacking force in general, particularly in the first half. It would be good to see us out of the blocks early as we have been on occasion this season.
Well done to StuWolf and SAGIR ADAMU for correctly predicting the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. Iceni Wolf still leads the overall table.
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