Wolves vs Sheffield Utd is a game few would have expected to be a battle for a spot in European competition next term.
Despite a shaky start, Wolves are sixth, just one place above high-flyers Sheffield Utd, who have exceeded all expectations so far this season. It’s been quite a rise for these two: two of their last five meetings were played in League One.
Wolves are now eight games unbeaten in the Premier League and were comfortable against Bournemouth last weekend. Raul Jimenez is one of the form strikers in the world right now and they will fancy their chances against anyone they face.
Despite their late equaliser against Manchester United, Sheffield Utd will be bitterly disappointed to have thrown away a two-goal lead at Bramall Lane last Sunday. It was unlike them, and Chris Wilder will want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Read on for our Wolves vs Sheffield Utd preview, predictions and team news.
When is Wolves vs Sheffield Utd and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Date: Sunday, 1 December 2019
Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Wolves vs Sheffield Utd
3 February 2018: Wolves 3-0 Sheffield Utd (Championship)
27 September 2017: Sheffield Utd 2-0 Wolves (Championship)
22 March 2014: Sheffield Utd 0-2 Wolves (League One)
28 September 2013: Wolves 2-0 Sheffield Utd (League One)
26 December 2008: Wolves 1-1 Sheffield Utd (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Wolves (WLWWD) 8-3 Wolves (LWLLD)
Ones to watch
Wolves: Adama Traore
No one has ever doubted that Adama Traore can cause any defence problems, it was just his end product. However, if this season is anything to go by, that will no longer be the case. He’s gone from a useful bench player to an important starter for Wolves this season and will be relishing the chance to fill the gaps left by Sheffield Utd’s centre-backs and full-backs when they attack.
Key stat: Adama Traoré has been directly involved in nine goals (3 goals and 6 assists) in 22 games in all competitions this season, three times as many involvements as he managed in 36 appearances in 2018-19 (3 in 36).
A few eyebrows were raised when Sheffield Utd spent £10m on Mousset after an underwhelming spell at Bournemouth, but the striker has been an absolute sensation for the blades. After picking up a hat-trick of assists against Burnley, he made beating David de Gea look simple last weekend and ran Man Utd ragged.
Key stat: Lys Mousset now has more goals in 10 Premier League appearances for Sheffield United (4) than he managed in 58 games for Bournemouth (3).
— Wolves (@Wolves) December 1, 2019
Two changes for the Bladesmen 🤝
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) December 1, 2019
These two bosses are widely regarded as among the most sought after in England right now and it’s easy to see why: their teams are great to watch. Wolves are flying at the moment, as are Sheffield Utd. But it’s hard to look past Wolves given their recent form.
Scoreline prediction: Wolves 2-1 Sheffield Utd