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16 Dec 28-Man Utd (a)

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15 Dec 26-Spurs (h)

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14 Dec 19-Burnley (a)

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13 Dec 15-Chelsea (h)

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12 Dec 12-Aston Villa (h)

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11 Dec  5-Liverpool (a)

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10 Nov 28-Arsenal (a)

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09 Nov 21-Southampton (h)

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08 Nov  7-Leicester (a)

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07 Oct 31-Crystal Palace (h)

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06 Oct 24-Newcastle (h)

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05 Oct 17-Leeds (a)  

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04 Oct  3-Fulham (h)

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03 Sep 26-West Ham [a] Moved to Sunday 27 at 7pm BTSport  (unless WW in CC3 then 3pm Sat 26)

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02 Monday Sep 21 8:15pm Man City (h) Sky

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CC2 Thursday Sep 17 7:00pm-Stoke City (h) L0-1

the Carabo team are streaming this match for £10 - details here  (but it was pretty poor coverage_

EFL3 3rd Round Wolves 0 Stoke City 1 Brown 85'


Wolves fell at the first hurdle in the Carabao Cup as Jacob Brown's late strike saw Stoke grab a surprising second-round win at Molineux.

Jacob Brown scored a late winner as Stoke City beat Wolves in the Carabao Cup to set up a third-round tie with Gillingham next week.  The summer signing from Barnsley popped up to slam home a shot which John Ruddy should have saved after a pass from fellow substitute Steven Fletcher.  The game was far from a classic with each goalkeeper making a single save. Premier League Wolves named a strong team with £35m summer signing Fabio Silva getting a debut. The former Porto forward, 18, shot wide from the edge of the box in the first half, had a shot blocked after the break and fired over in injury time. Championship Stoke had chances before their winner with Harry Souttar forcing a save with a header and Fletcher having a shot deflected over.  Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo brought on Raul Jimenez as he looked to avoid penalties - but they fell to Brown's late strike.  Stoke manager Michael O'Neill said: "It was a great result for us against a very good team. You can come into these games and not have anything to lose and the boys handled the game very well. We made seven changes and everyone who came in did very well. It creates competition which is what we want. When we looked at their team and they have a new £35m striker and Adama Traore playing up front I knew we were going to be challenged. They threw a lot at us but clean sheets give you a chance to win games."

Nuno Espirito Santo went for it with his team selection, handing a debut to £35million record signing Fabio Silva, but they never got going against the solid Championship side. The Potters then snatched it at the death as substitute Brown's shot in the 87th minute proved too hot to handle for John Ruddy. A disappointing night for Wolves and Nuno will be keen to work on things ahead of hosting Manchester City, back in the Premier League, on Monday.

Analysis: This competition may not have been at the top of everyone's list of priorities, but Nuno certainly will not be happy with what he saw.  Wolves lacked urgency in their play while Stoke, to be fair to them, waited for their moment and pounced when it arrived. Silva was bright on his first appearance, cleverly linking up play while also taking a few whacks from Bruno Martins Indi. But, equally, he spurned the big chance that came his way, while the Potters - and more specifically Brown - made the most of theirs. Ruddy, at the same time, will be disappointed not to have kept it out. Brown may have given him the eyes, but he should have done better. The absence of Diogo Jota was another strange part of the night, with Nuno extremely guarded on the subject afterwards. Ultimately, this was one to forget for Wolves.  

Match report

Nuno made changes, but not to the level we have seen previously in the Carabao as five kept their places from the 2-0 Premier League-opening win at Sheffield United on Monday night. The big talking point was the debut of Silva, while Vitinha also made his first start in gold and black. Ruddy, Oskar Buur, Ruben Vinagre and Ruben Neves were the others who came in. Surprisingly missing out altogether though was Jota, who Nuno did not say much on when pressed afterwards, only insisting he was 'not available'.  Meanwhile, Stoke - making seven changes - had former Molineux man Sam Vokes in attack and two more ex-Wolves stars in Danny Batth and Steven Fletcher on the bench.

Silva, easing any pre-match nerves he may have had, came up with some nice early touches. The 18-year-old calmly brought down a lofted pass with his chest before having the game's first shot.   It went high and wide from the edge of the box, but it was good early intent. He was keen to drop into midfield to get on the ball and always on the move, and compatriot Vitinha also looked pretty tidy in the opening stages. Wolves were enjoying the lion's share of possession and, while not carving the Potters open, had a couple of half-chances. Vinagre broke down the left and could have drilled it across goal, but it ended up in the arms of Adam Davies. On the other flank, Adama Traore gathered an inch-perfect crossfield pass and put it into the mixer, where Silva's toe-poke was blocked. Fluidity up front, which Wolves displayed at Bramall Lane, was there to see again, with Vitinha drifting in from the left and Traore often staying wide on the right.

Silva's willingness to make runs was encouraging, as was Vitinha's close control. Still, they were unable to create a clear-cut opportunity before the break as Stoke sat very deep. All the visitors managed going forward in the first half was a Vokes header which looped well over. Wolves had seen so much of the ball, but they needed to move it that bit quicker in the second period to unsettle Michael O'Neill's robust outfit. The Potters, though, were the ones who were more adventurous immediately after the interval as Harry Souttar's header was gathered by Ruddy. They were pressing eagerly rather than sitting off, too. Nuno's pack had lost their impetus, so he turned to his bench. Pedro Neto replaced Vitinha on the hour mark, and then star striker Raul Jimenez entered the fray. Buur was the one sacrificed as Wolves switched to a 3-5-2, with Traore dropping back.  There was £67m of talent up top in Silva and Jimenez, and the former would soon have a couple of chances - one with a fair bit to do, the second a glorious opportunity. The first saw him teed up following a fantastic run from Neto, cutting inside and seeing his side-footed strike deflect out for a corner. Silva then had the ball fall kindly to him at the far post but snatched at it, dragging his attempt agonisingly wide from close range. After that big miss, it very much seemed set up to go to penalties - but Stoke dealt Wolves, who ended with five forwards on the pitch, a late sucker-punch on the counter.  Brown was given plenty of room in the area, and his powerful drive was enough to beat Ruddy, who got a hand to it but could not keep it out as Wolves were knocked out.  

"The first half, I think we should have produced more. We had a lot of the ball but didn't break the lines of Stoke," said Nuno.  "In the second half, it was better and we created more as we pressed better. But it was disappointing. We created a couple of chances and we worked hard, but there are a lot of things to improve. When you are not well organised, you suffer. And in the moment of the goal, we were not well organised. Let's recover from this one and prepare for the next one because it's going to be very tough for us." Among the few positives on the night were the showings of Silva and Vitinha, and Nuno added: "Of course there are things they can improve, they have to know each other better, get better, but they worked well, Vitor and Fabio, they were available, creating lines of passing, trying to win the game. Fabio had a couple of good moments in the box, good movements, next time he will try to be more creative. We will try to work on that, those chances can be better finished. Him and Vitor are very young, joined us just this season, it’s about them knowing their team mates better, us trying to create better movement, better solutions because they are talented boys. It’s always the same process, to integrate into the team so we can take advantage of the options we have."Teams

Wolves (3-4-3): Ruddy; Boly, Coady (c), Saiss; Buur (Jimenez, 66), Dendoncker (Podence, 77), Neves, Vinagre; Traore, Silva, Vitinha (Neto, 60) Subs not used: Patricio (gk), Marcal, Moutinho, Shabani

Stoke (3-5-2): Davies; Collins, Souttar, Martins Indi (c); Smith, Thompson, Tymon, Oakley-Boothe, McClean (Cousins, 90); Gregory (Brown, 70), Vokes (Fletcher, 63) Subs not used: Noukeu (gk), Fox, Batth, Campbell

Goal: Brown (87)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Swindon)

By Joe Edwards


    Wolves Stoke

Possession % 64.7  35.3

Total Shots  10     7

On Target     1     2

Off Target    5     1

Blocked       4     4

Passing %    88    78

Clear-Cut Chances 0 0

Corners       4     5

Offsides      0     4

Tackles %    60    38.5

Aerial Duels % 58.3  41.7

Saves         1     1

Fouls Committed 8  10

Fouls Won    10     7

Yellow Cards  0     1

Red Cards     0     0


 Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 1.

90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 1.

90'+5'  Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+5' Foul by Tashan Oakley-Boothe (SC). 90'+5' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+5' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 90'+4' Attempt missed. Fabio Silva (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a headed pass.

90'+4' Substitution, (SC). Jordan Cousins replaces James McClean. 90'+1' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Bruno Martins Indi. 90' Offside, (SC). Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Jacob Brown is caught offside. 89'  Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 88' James McClean (SC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88'  Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88' Foul by James McClean (SC). 86' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 1. Jacob Brown (SC) right footed shot from the left side of the box. 85' Offside, (SC). Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Jacob Brown is caught offside. 85' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Willy Boly. 85' Attempt blocked. Jacob Brown (SC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross. 84' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 84' Harry Souttar (SC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 81' Corner, (WW). Conceded by James McClean. 80' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 80' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 79' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 79' Foul by James McClean (SC). 77' Substitution, (WW). Daniel Podence replaces Leander Dendoncker. 75' Attempt missed. Fabio Silva (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box following a set piece situation. 74' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74' Foul by Jordan Thompson (SC). 74' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker. 72' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Nathan Collins. 72' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Nathan Collins. 70' Substitution, (SC). Jacob Brown replaces Lee Gregory. 69' Foul by Pedro Neto (WW). 69' Jordan Thompson (SC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Substitution, (WW). Raúl Jiménez replaces Oskar Buur. 64' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Conor Coady. 64' Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (SC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Tymon. 64' Substitution, (SC). Steven Fletcher replaces Sam Vokes. 63'  Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 63' Sam Vokes (SC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 63' Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oskar Buur. 60' Substitution, (WW). Pedro Neto replaces Vitinha.

55' Attempt blocked. Jordan Thompson (SC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tashan Oakley-Boothe. 53'Fabio Silva (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53'Foul by James McClean (SC). 53' Attempt saved. Harry Souttar (SC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Thompson with a cross. 52' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 0.


            Wolves Stoke

Possession % 69.9  29.2

Total Shots   5     2

On Target     1     0

Off Target    3     1

Blocked       1     1

Passing %  90.7  81.1

Clear-Cut Chances 0 0

Corners       1     2

Offsides      0     2

Tackles %    75    22

Aerial Duels % 62.5 37.5

Saves         0     1

Fouls Committed 4   3

Fouls Won     3     3

Yellow Cards  0     0

Red Cards     0     0

45'+2' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 0.

45'+2' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 44' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Romain Saïss.

36' Offside, (SC). James McClean tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside. 35' Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (SC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross. 31' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW).

31'

            Wolves Stoke

Possession % 70.8  29.2

Total Shots   4     1

On Target     1     0

Off Target    3     0

Blocked       0     1

Passing %  92.4  81.2

Clear-Cut Chances 0 0

Corners       1     1

Offsides      0     1

Tackles %   100    25

Aerial Duels % 50  50

Saves         0     1

Fouls Committed 4   3

Fouls Won     3     3

Yellow Cards  0     0

Red Cards     0     0


31 Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 31' Tommy Smith (SC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Corner, (SC). Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 29' Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (SC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross. 27' Leander Dendoncker (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27'Foul by Josh Tymon (SC). 27' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW). 27'Jordan Thompson (SC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23'Corner, (WW). Conceded by Nathan Collins. 22'Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22'Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (SC). 20'Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross. 19'Attempt saved. Fabio Silva (WW) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. 16'Offside, (SC). Bruno Martins Indi tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside. 11'Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss. 10'Attempt missed. Fabio Silva (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 9' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (WW).  7' Tommy Smith (SC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Foul by Fabio Silva (WW). 4' Foul by Tommy Smith (SC). 4' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW).

First Half begins. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


01 Monday Sep 14 6pm-Sheff Utd (a) Sky


01 Sheffield United 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Jiménez (3'), Saïss (6') Assists Castelo Podence (3'), Neto (6')

HT 0-2


Raul Jimenez scores Wolves' opener at Sheffield United - he scored 17 goals in the Premier League last season

Wolverhampton Wanderers scored twice in the first six minutes as they made a winning start to the new Premier League season with victory at Sheffield United. Both sides had enjoyed hugely impressive campaigns last term, with the Blades upsetting the odds to finish ninth on their return to the top flight, while Wolves secured seventh and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. But it was Nuno Espirito Santo's side who picked up where they left off as Raul Jimenez's excellent finish gave them a third-minute lead following a quick break. Sheffield United barely had time to recover from that early blow before Wolves added a second three minutes later, this time Romain Saiss rising unmarked to guide a header beyond Blades debutant Aaron Ramsdale. The home side looked sluggish and struggled to create many meaningful chances in the first half, with their first shot on target not arriving until seven minutes before the half-time, when Oli McBurnie headed at Rui Patricio. A half-time team talk by Chris Wilder had the desired impact as United came out flying in the second half, with John Fleck striking the base of the post with a powerful low drive before John Lundstram just failed to get to a teasing Billy Sharp cross. However, only a superb Ramsdale save denied Wolves a third on the break as the 22-year-old - an £18m summer signing from Bournemouth - pushed a Saiss strike on to the post before Jimenez shot wide from the rebound. Jimenez then struck the outside of the post and although the Blades pushed to reduce the deficit in the final few minutes Wolves held firm to secure an opening win.

Wolves make flying start, despite lack of pre-season Wolves' performances both domestically and in Europe last season were all the more impressive considering the sheer volume of games they played as a result of their Europa League commitments. Their campaign started in July last year and ended last month - more than 60 games later - as they reached the last eight of Europe's second-tier club competition - losing to eventual winners Sevilla. The late finish to a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic meant Wolves have not had time to squeeze in any friendlies before the start of the new campaign.  But despite the lack of preparation they showed no signs of rustiness and they were at their clinical best from the outset, scoring from their first two chances of the game. Jimenez showed great composure to let a cross run across his body before finishing and then Saiss placed a header beyond the reach of Ramsdale in the Blades' goal. The lack of preparation for the new campaign perhaps showed as they saw less of the ball in the second half, although they did still have the better chances on the break.

Sheffield United youth team product Aaron Ramsdale conceded two goals in the first six minutes of his first game following his return to the club from Bournemouth, although there was little he could do about either It would be very premature to suggest this defeat is an indicator of Sheffield United being destined to fall foul of 'second-season syndrome' but there will be some causes for concern for Blades boss Wilder. Despite playing four pre-season friendlies compared to Wolves' none it was the hosts who looked short of sharpness in the first half.  They were slow to build attacks and lacked bite in the final third, while their defence - the backbone of their impressive campaign last season - was well below par. But they were much improved after the break as they pressed Wolves high, while the overlapping runs from defence that were utilised to deadly effect last season were also more prominent. A significant portion of Sheffield United's summer spending went on Ramsdale, who showed that he should be a more than capable replacement for Dean Henderson - returned to parent club Manchester United - with his superb second-half save from Saiss. Otherwise Wilder has, so far, invested in promising youth rather than making wholesale changes to his squad in pre-season, and while his side's first-half display will have left him wondering whether that decision was justified, the second-half performance will give him hope that the Blades can once again upset the odds this season.

Pix Getty PA

Man of the match - Raul Jimenez (No - Romain Saiss)

Raul Jimenez celebrated scoring against Sheffield United Jimenez was one of the best forward's in the Premier League last season and picked up where he left off with an excellent all-round display. As well as his superb finish for the opener he had good movement throughout and held the ball up well.

What next? - The second round of the Carabao Cup is up next for both sides as Sheffield United travel to Premier League rivals Burnley on Thursday, 17 September (17:30 BST), while Wolves host Championship side Stoke later on the same day (19:00 BST).

Sheff Utd

1Ramsdale 6Basham sub McGoldrickat 71' 12Egan Booked 33' 5O'Connell 2Baldock 7Lundstram 16Norwood sub Bergeat 76' 4Fleck 3Stevens 9McBurnie Booked 39' 10Sharp Substitutes 8Berge 14Burke 15Jagielka 17McGoldrick 18Foderingham 22Ampadu 23Osborn

Wolves

11Rui Patrício 15Boly 16Coady 27Saïss 37Traoré 32Dendoncker 28João Moutinho sub Machado Ferreiraat 86' 5Marçal de Oliveira Booked 90' 9Jiménez 10Castelo Podence  sub Nevesat 76' 7Neto  sub Buurat 69' Substitutes 8Neves 17Soares Silva 18Jota 20Machado Ferreira 21Ruddy 29Vinagre 59Buur

Referee: Mike Dean

FT Stats

    Sheff Utd Wolves

Possession 55% 45%

Shots       9  11

Shots onTgt 2   4

Corners    12   5

Fouls      13   7


Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90'+6' Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90'+5' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie  (SU) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross following a corner. 90'+3' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 90'+3' George Baldock  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Oliver McBurnie  (SU) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sander Berge with a cross. 90'+1' Booking Marçal (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack O'Connell. 90' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 88' Attempt missed. John Egan  (SU) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross following a corner. 88' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 87' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Marçal. 86'

Sub, (WW) Vitinha replaces João Moutinho. 84' Raúl Jiménez (WW) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 83' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack O'Connell. 83' Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 80' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 80' Marçal (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by David McGoldrick  (SU). 79' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 76' Sub, (WW) Rúben Neves replaces Daniel Podence. 76' Sub,  (SU) Sander Berge replaces Oliver Norwood. 75' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho. 75' Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick  (SU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Lundstram. 72' Attempt missed. Billy Sharp  (SU) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by George Baldock. 71' Oliver McBurnie  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 71' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 71' Sub,  (SU) David McGoldrick replaces Chris Basham. 70' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break. 70' Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 69' Sub, (WW) Oskar Buur replaces Pedro Neto. 67' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 64' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 64' Pedro Neto (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 59' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Willy Boly. 58' Offside,  (SU) John Egan tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 56' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 56' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Romain Saïss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Foul by Oliver McBurnie  (SU). 53' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner. 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Enda Stevens. 51' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 51' Attempt blocked. George Baldock  (SU) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 51' John Fleck  (SU) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by John Lundstram. 50' Foul by Marçal (WW). 50' Oliver McBurnie  (SU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Billy Sharp  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 47' Foul by John Egan  (SU). 47' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Attempt missed. Enda Stevens  (SU) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.


Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

45'+2' Half Time

     Sheff Utd Wolves

Possession 51% 49%

Shots       1   4

Shots on Tgt 1  3

Corners     4   2

Fouls       7   3

First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

45'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by John Egan. 41' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by João Moutinho. 40' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 40' Oliver McBurnie  (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 39' Booking Oliver McBurnie  (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 39' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Oliver McBurnie  (SU). 38' Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie  (SU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross. 38' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Raúl Jiménez. 36' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Rui Patrício. 33' Booking John Egan  (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 33' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Foul by John Egan  (SU). 33' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 33' John Lundstram  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Offside,  (SU) Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Jack O'Connell is caught offside. 29' Offside,  (SU) John Fleck tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 28' Offside,  (SU) Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside. 24' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

    Sheff Utd Wolves good 20 minutes

Possession

Home       39% 61%

Shots       0   3

Shotsontgt  0   3

Corners     1   1

Fouls       5   1

21' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 21' Foul by Enda Stevens  (SU). 20' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 20' Foul by John Lundstram  (SU). 14' Foul by Adama Traoré (WW). 14' Billy Sharp  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 12' Raúl Jiménez (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Foul by Chris Basham  (SU). 9' Corner,  (SU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 6'Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner.

6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale. 6' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker with a cross. 3' Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross following a fast break.

1' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Foul by John Fleck  (SU). Kick Off First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge sustained a knee problem on international duty with Norway and might miss out on Monday.  Summer signings Aaron Ramsdale, Jayden Bogle, Max Lowe, Oli Burke and loanee Ethan Ampadu could all be involved. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo must decide whether to give debuts to teenage record signing Fabio Silva, Fernando Marcal and Vitinha. Adama Traore is set to start at wing-back following Matt Doherty's sale.

Wolves sign Vitinha on loan from Porto

Premier League predictions 2020-21

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

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. Prediction: 1-1


Raul Jimenez scored 27 goals in all competitions last season, the third-most of any Premier League player after Raheem Sterling (31) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29).

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Sheffield United can win consecutive league matches against Wolves for the first time since 1996. The Blades won the only previous opening day top-flight meeting back in 1961. Wolves' most recent away win came on the 125th anniversary of Sheffield United's formation, a 2-0 triumph in League One on 22 March 2014.

Sheffield United are yet to lose on the opening day of a Premier League season, winning two and drawing two. However, they have won their opening league match just once in six seasons, a 1-0 home victory versus Brentford in the Championship in 2017. The Blades could lose four successive league matches for the first time since a run of six defeats in September 2013 in League One. Chris Wilder has won 99 of his 195 matches as Sheffield United manager and needs one victory to become the first Blades boss to reach 100 wins in fewer than 200 games. Their ninth-place finish last season was the first time the Blades had ended a top-flight campaign in the top half of the table since 1991-92. Last season, Sheffield United recorded a league-low 114 shots on target. However, they conceded only 39 goals, a Premier League record for a newly-promoted club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers played 59 matches in all competitions in 2019-20, with their season lasting for 383 days. Last season, Wolves set new club Premier League records for most points (59) and most goals scored (51). They have finished seventh in both of their Premier League seasons under Nuno Espirito Santo, their best top-flight returns since finishing sixth in 1980. Wolves are unbeaten in their opening league match in the past seven seasons since defeat against Leeds in 2012. They won only three of their 18 Premier League matches in 2019-20 against the other teams who finished in the top half of the table (D8, L7). Wolves recovered an unrivalled 21 points from losing positions last season and dropped the fewest points when ahead.




 

Match

Day

Date

KO

TV

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

Sep-Dec 2020



Jan 2021-May 2021



01

Mon

14 September

18:00

Sky

Sheffield Utd

0

2

Wolves

3

3

4

2

SheffUtd

CC2

Thur

17 September

19:00

CC

Wolves

0

1

Stoke City

WW knocked out

CC2

02

Mon

21 September

20:15

Sky

Wolves



Man City




ManCity

03

Sun

27 September

19:00

BT

West Ham Utd



Wolves





WHamUtd

04

Sat

 3 October

15:00


Wolves



Fulham





Fulham



Internationals



Traore selected for Spain


05

Sat

 17 October

15:00


Leeds Utd



Wolves


LeedsUtd

06

Sat

 24 October

15:00


Wolves



Newcastle Utd





NewcastleUtd

07

Sat

 31 October

15:00


Wolves



Crystal Palace


Palace

08

Sat

  7 November

15:00


Leicester City



Wolves





Foxes



Internationals









09

Sat

21 November

15:00


Wolves



Southampton





Saints

10

Sat

28 November

15:00


Arsenal



Wolves





Gooners

11

Sat

  5 December

15:00


Liverpool



Wolves





Liverpool

12

Sat

 12 December

15:00


Wolves



Aston Villa





Villa

13

Tue

 15 December

19:45


Wolves



Chelski


Chelski

14

Sat

 19 December

15:00


Burnley



Wolves





Clarets

CCQF

Tue

 22 December

19:45










CCQF

15

Sat

 26 December

15:00


Wolves



Spurs





Spurs

16

Mon

 28 December

15:00


Man Utd



Wolves





ManUtd

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