Sheffield United make their return to the top flight of English football for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, travelling down to the south coast in order to face Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe’s side now look like a permanent fixture in the Premier League, consistently adding to their squad in an effective manner. They will undoubtedly be hoping to gain all three points against the Blades, but Chris Wilder’s side are not to be taken lightly – and this game could announce themselves as serious players in the division.
United have spent plenty of money this summer on new recruits, many say not very well, but with Wilder in charge it is hard to argue. They will hope to shock the footballing world much as they did last season by getting promoted, something they can achieve by staying up.
Sheffield United lost just five of 23 away games last season, and Wilder will be expecting his side to be just as good on the road this year. In terms of the two sides’ meetings, the Blades have won 10, lost only 1 and drawn 4.
Bournemouth have a few injury concerns ahead of the game, former Blade David Brooks misses out, as does Gosling, Cook, Francis, Kelly and Stanislas.
The Blades are a lot more fortunate on the injury front, and are without any official absentees.
Bournemouth are the bookies’ favourites to win at 19/20, a draw is 13/5 as is a Sheff United victory.
BladesNews predicted XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Stevens; Freeman, Robinson; McBurnie.
BladesNews prediction: 1-1