An out of form Sheffield United travel to Wolves on Saturday night knowing that a loss all but confirms their relegation to the Championship.
The Blades parted ways with manager Chris Wilder following their 2-0 defeat to Southampton in early March. They are still searching for their first win under interim coach Paul Heckingbottom.
The Yorkshire side look destined for the drop and our Wolves v Sheffield United predictions reflect that.
Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo has come under some criticism this season. His side have failed to repeat the heights reached last year.
Wanderers are in with an outside chance of securing European football for next season. To do that they must win this game.
The hosts have been dealt some serious injury blows this season. Their lack of activity in the January transfer window has left many again questioning how evenly money is distributed between Premier League clubs.
Read on for our match predictions…
Wolves v Sheffield United Predictions
Sheffield United are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, 18 points from safety with 21 points left to play for. This means they’d have to win all of their remaining seven games to even be in with a chance of surviving.
Their fate lies further north however, at the feet of Newcastle United. The Magpies could relegate the Blades in the early Saturday kick-off with a point or more.
Sheffield United Interim coach Paul Heckingbottom has so far struggled to get a tune out of his players. They’ve lost all four of the games under his stewardship so far.
Not only that, they have conceded 12 goals and scored just once in those four games. Not very inspiring stats from either end of the pitch.
United also travel to the Molineux Stadium on the back of six straight defeats on the road. They also have an overall record that has seen them win only twice on their travels all season – a fine example of relegation form.
If Sheffield United are going to get anything out of this game, they’ll need to be solid at the back. Target man David McGoldrick could be the main focal point of their attack. Capitalising on set pieces is likely to be their main strategy.
An away win looks unlikely however, despite the fact that Wolves have been in terrible form themselves of late, winning just one of their previous six games.
Manager Nuno Espírito Santo was praised for his side’s devastating attacking power and attractive playing style that saw them finish seventh in the league and reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season.
However, this campaign has seen a stark contrast in Wolves’ fortunes.
After a steady start to the season, first choice striker Raúl Jiménez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal in November. He hasn’t played since, leaving Santo without his main goalscorer.
Since that incident, Wanderers’ form has been the epitome of inconsistency. They’ve only once managed to secure back to back league wins against Leeds and Southampton in February.
They beat Fulham more convincingly than the 1-0 scoreline suggests in their previous game. They’ll be keen to secure their second back to back win here.
Despite their injury woes and inconsistent form, they should be able to get the better of a Sheffield United side who are having a serious crisis of confidence.
Wolves v Sheffield United Head to Head
The last five clashes between these clubs has seen both win twice with a 1-1 draw sandwiched between.
Sheffield United have hosted the last two fixtures and won at around this point last season by a 1-0 scoreline. However, this team looks a million miles from the one that finished 9th in the Premier League last year and a repetition of that scoreline seems unlikely.
Wolves kicked off their 2020/21 campaign with a 2-0 victory over the Blades, with Jiménez and Romain Saiss netting one each.
With confidence back in their side, they’ll be looking to continue the trend in this fixture which usually sees the winners keep a clean sheet.
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Pedro Neto, arguably Wolves’ biggest attacking threat, has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
The Portuguese ace sustained a knee injury in the 1-0 win over Fulham and the news that he will undergo surgery is a huge blow.
Following the Fulham game, Ruben Neves has also tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Saturday’s match in line with government guidance.
Adama Traore, who scored in the Fulham win, looks likely to start alongside Fabio Silva.
Sheffield United Team News – L L L L W
United have their own injury woes with strikers Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp out. They join long-term absentees Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson and Jack Rodwell on the treatment table.
Those losses make it even more likely that David McGoldrick will lead the line, as our Wolves v Sheffield United predictions expect.
Norwegian defender Sander Berge is back in training, but doesn’t look likely to be fit in time for this fixture.
Wolves v Sheffield United Betting Tips
The traders have the home side priced at 18/25 on to win the game in our Wolves v Sheffield United match bets. A win will keep their outside chances of securing European football alive.
Backing the draw could be tempting at 5/2 if you think United will weather the storm. But the chances of them keeping a clean sheet looks minimal.
Even less likely is an away win for the Blades. The massive odds of 9/2 reflect that, as a result of injuries to key players and a horrible run of form.
This should be a relatively comfortable home win and the visitors are not expected to land a punch.