- Sheffield United and Wolves meet in Yorkshire on Wednesday, July 8th
- The two teams are separated by four points as the contest for the Premier League’s European spots heats up
- Get the odds, statistics and betting discussion below
Premier League fixtures are coming thick and fast. The plan to restart the season was always going to be intense – it’s an enormous physical ask for teams who were dormant for the lockdown months. Intensity has waned at times, with matches fading into pre-season feel.
For the teams chasing European football, which includes Sheffield United and Wolves who meet at Bramall Lane on Wednesday, there’s no time to waste. Each quarter (as the matches are now divided) of sub-par football is costly.
Ahead of Matchday 34’s fixtures, the Blades are four points behind Wolves, but with Chelsea and Arsenal playing on Tuesday, the table could look rather different by kick-off.
Sheffield United vs Wolves Odds
|Sheffield United||pk, +0.5 (+104)||+255||Over 2 (-108)|
|Wolves||pk, -0.5 (-124)||+117||Under 2 (-112)|
Odds taken Jul. 6
After what they did last season and how they have fared in the Europa League, it might be slightly generous to say Wolves have overachieved this year. There’s no question Sheffield United have, however. These two teams took to the Premier League with similar ease led by two managers who are rightly earning plaudits.
Both utilize a back three, setting them up to absorb pressure from opponents. For Wolves it is a firm base to counter-attack from, and Sheffield United’s best performances this year have been of a similar ilk. Chris Wilder’s team brings a different tactical element to the Premier League, and even though they have dropped off in recent weeks, their story is a wonderful one.
? "I certainly didn't need a drinks break apart from having another bovril, which would've been my second bovril in July on record, in the history of having bovril's"
— ⚔ Blades1889 ⚔ (@Blades1889_com) July 6, 2020
With the inconsistency of the wealthier teams around them, it’s still possible both teams qualify for Europe. Wolves are in the better position, but after a disappointing loss to Arsenal at the weekend, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team needs to bounce back when they head north on Wednesday.
Only four teams have scored fewer Premier League goals this season than Sheffield United. Three of those teams are in the bottom four. Regression always seemed likely given their lack of attacking threat and underwhelming expected numbers, and after their good form was broken up by the suspension of the season, Sheffield United have hit a wall.
— Wolves (@Wolves) July 6, 2020
The goal that wasn’t saw a draw to Aston Villa as the season restarted. Three defeats followed before a brilliant performance and a 3-1 win over Tottenham, but they were disappointing again in their next match, needing a late strike from John Egan to take a point against Burnley, who are only two points behind Wilder’s men.
Against one of the steeliest defenses in the league, Sheffield United will have their work cut out to create good chances. They don’t have the individual quality that other teams do to unlock defenses, and their strikers have been far from prolific this year.
Sheffield United vs Wolves Stats
|54 yellows, 2 reds||Cards||52 yellows, 2 reds|
|9.6||Shots per match||12.5|
|63%||Shots inside the area||55%|
|43.50||Understat expected points||55.96|
Wolves Back On Track
Sheffield United’s home record is good – they have won three of four at Bramall Lane. Only Liverpool have picked up more points per game on the road than Wolves.
Whether much should be read into either of those pieces of information depends how significant we think home and road splits are without fans in the stadium. It should still matter a bit, but the wider trend of form is probably the better pattern to look at for betting decisions.
Wolves are a much better team on paper. It might be reductive to look at it that way, but with how Sheffield United have played of late, an away win seems probable.
Pick: Wolves Moneyline (+117)
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