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The ball has been rolling in the motherland of football since Saturday and the first games of the new 2020/21 season definitely whet the appetite for more. Liverpool celebrated a spectacular 4: 3 win over newly promoted Leeds United thanks to the Salah Festival. On Monday evening, the first matchday will be concluded with two duels. At 18:00 p.m. Sheffield United and Wolverhampton face each other at Bramall Lane.
There are two teams facing each other who have a lot of parallels. Both teams played outstanding football for long stretches of the past season, but had to pay a little tribute to the exertion in the finish and gambled away the international business.
With the Blades from Sheffield, the experts were very wrong a year ago. In many places, the climber was classified as the number one relegation candidate. In the end, going back to the championship was never an issue for Chris Wilder’s team, because the team was at the top right from the start.
Up until the end, the newcomer was in the middle of the battle for the Europa League qualification, at times the team was even fifth in the English Premier League table. In the final statement, the Wilder-Elf was finally shown in ninth place.
The wear and tear of strength was particularly noticeable in the last few games, Sheffield United ended a splendid season with three defeats and gambled away their participation in the UEFA Europa League through these bankruptcies. Sheffield United lost four league games en suite for the last time seven years ago – in September 2013 – but at that time the team was still represented in the third-tier League One.
Two keys to the successful season last year were on the one hand the strength at home and on the other hand the outstanding defensive work. At Bramall Lane – the oldest professional stadium in England – the Blades celebrated ten wins (three draws, six defeats).
The strong defensive can be seen not only in 39 goals against (fourth-best defensive in the league), but also in the fact that in 2019/20 only 114 shots on goal allowed on their own housing, the lowest value in the entire league. This is the lowest value in the English Premier League since the popular OPTA stats were introduced.
The start of the league could be a special anniversary for head coach Chris Wilder. He has celebrated 99 wins in 195 league games so far, and should he succeed in his 100th he would be the first Sheffield United coach to break that mark in under 200 games.
For Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, the end of the season was also unsatisfactory. The Wolves were even able to dream of qualifying for the Champions League for a long time, but due to only two wins in the last six league games, the team from the industrial city was still ranked and ultimately even missed re-qualification for the Europa League.
In just that, the Wolves had to admit defeat to the eventual winner from Seville in a narrow game due to a late goal in the quarterfinals with a wafer-thin 0: 1.
The lack of a double burden with the international appearances could be a big advantage this year. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is an advocate of rotation. As often as possible, he selected the identical team and the players had accordingly many minutes of play in their legs.
This is certainly an explanation for the weak finish. The battery should now be full again and in full power, the Wolves can certainly be put above the blades in terms of quality. In addition, a look at the statistics shows that Wolverhampton has not lost an opening game in seven years (three wins, four draws).
When it comes to the Wolves’ squad, the number of Portuguese players is striking. Player advisor Jorge Mendes is closely connected to the club and accordingly guides many of his players to the Premier League club. Just recently, a proud 40 million euros were transferred to FC Porto for the youngster Fabio Silva. However, the 18-year-old teenager will still need time to compete in the Premier League.
While the blades are almost exclusively British (second most game minutes in 2019/20 for British players), the Wolves are completely different. British players in Wolves’ shirts stood on the pitch for only 4,336 minutes, and not a single goal (league, Europa League and cup competitions) was scored by an Englishman during the entire season.
Sheffield Utd vs Wolves head to head matches
08.07.20 PL Sheffield Utd Wolves 1 : 0
01.12.19 PL Wolves Sheffield Utd 1 : 1
03.02.18 CHA Wolves Sheffield Utd 3 : 0
27.09.17 CHA Sheffield Utd Wolves 2 : 0
22.03.14 LO Sheffield Utd Wolves 0 : 2