Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers make a Monday night start to the new English Premier League season when they meet at Bramall Lane.
The underdog pair blazed a trail through the EPL last campaign, catching the eye as much as hearts and minds with a swashbuckling approach.
Boss Chris Wilder was only expected to stave off relegation back to the Championship on the Blades’ return to the big time.
But he steered his home town club to an eye-catching ninth in the final standings, two places and five points shy of their opening night visitors.
Aaron Ramsdale is the standout signing for Sheffield United, with the goalkeeper returning to South Yorkshire from relegated Bournemouth.
He could be joined on the field by fellow new recruits Jayden Bogle, Max Lowe, Oli Burke and Ethan Ampadu, who has joined on loan from Chelsea.
Wolves have made a now-familiar Portuguese raid in the summer transfer market, with boss Nuno Espirito Santo combating a truncated pre season thanks to the club’s Europa League run being delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Fabio Silva, Fernando Marcal and Vitinha have all moved to Molineux ahead of the new Premier League season, with Wolves having sold long-serving Matt Doherty to Tottenham.
Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained.
The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Sheffield United vs Wolves: Premier League line-up predictions
Possible Sheffield United Starting XI: Aaron Ramsdale, Jack O’Connell, John Egan, Chris Basham, George Baldock, Oliver Norwood, John Lundstram, John Fleck, Enda Stevens, Oliver McBurnie, David McGoldrick.
Possible Wolves Starting XI: Rui Patricio, Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Adama Traore, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Ruben Vinagre, Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota.