BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson is expecting a tightly contested affair when Sheffield United take on Wolves in their season-opener this evening.
The former Liverpool defender has raised question marks over whether the Blades will be able to sustain their form from last season, and he has concerns about how many goals Chris Wilder’s side will score. However, he didn’t back the Yorkshire club to stay up last campaign and he says he would be happy if his prediction is way off this season as well:
“Sheffield United did far better than I expected last season, but I still have my doubts about whether they have got enough goals in their side. I look forward to them proving me wrong. Wolves also had an excellent campaign, and now they have to try to match it. Like the Blades, they are always very competitive and I’m expecting a decent battle here.”
Lawrenson has gone for a 1-1 scoreline at Bramall Lane, which is a fair prediction considering Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are a very tough opponent. With no fans allowed inside the ground, the Blades will certainly be at a disadvantage but Wilder is not the sort of manager who will take anything less than 100% effort from his players. He will be expecting complete commitment in order to get a result tonight.