After only just missing out on European football both Sheffield United and Wolves will be looking to get off to a fast start as they meet on the opening day at Brammall Lane.
The Blades massively overachieved under Chris Wilder last season finishing in 9th place on 54 points, spending the majority of the season in a European qualification spot. Their success was mostly down to playing their style of football, the hard-working midfield three flanked by the deadly wing-backs running up and down the channels
Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo took Wolves to 7th place and a Europa League Quarter final playing a similar kind of football to their game week one opponents. However, most fans were disappointed with this return as a loss to Chelsea on the final day of the season stopped them from getting Europa League football and the lacklustre performance against Sevilla which led to their exit from the Europa League, a trophy that was within their reach and also would’ve got Champions League football at Molineux for this coming season.
Both clubs have been active in the summer transfer window, Nuno has looked again to the strong Portuguese connections the club have bringing in two players from Porto in Fabio Silva and Vitinha, the latter being just a loan move, to booster their attacking options.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch Fernando Marcal has signed a two-year deal with Wolves joining from last seasons Champions League semi-finalists Lyon. Despite these strong additions to their squad, Nuno has lost a very important player in his system in Matt Doherty who has made the move south to join Tottenham Hotspur.
As for Sheffield United, their biggest acquisition has come in between the sticks, with Aaron Ramsdale joining from recently relegated Bournemouth, after former number one Dean Henderson’s loan expired meaning he went back to Manchester United.
Later on in the summer window, the Blades announced three signings in one day. Derby County duo Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe on long-term deals and just 90 minutes later, Wales international, Ethan Ampadu joined the club on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
When Wilder and Nuno faced off in the Premier League last season there was barely anything to separate the two teams in both games. In their first meeting a second half strike from Matt Doherty cancelled out an early Lys Mousset opener and in the return fixture a superb header from John Egan in the 93rd minute stole all the points for the Blades. For this coming season both squads have added important players to their systems, while also losing an integral part of their squad presenting an exciting opening fixture for both teams.
Sheffield United 1-1 Wolves