The Blades have the blues after being battered by Arsenal last week! Now boss Paul Heckingbottom needs his Sheffield United side to pick themselves up quickly to face Wolves' pack of predators.
The high-flying Wolves are on the hunt for European qualification under manager Gary O'Neil. With stars like Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-Chan in terrific form, they'll arrive at Bramall Lane full of confidence.
Sheffield United's leaky defense better batten down the hatches against Wolves' vibrant attack. Stoppers like John Egan and Anel Ahmedhodzic face a stern test against the likes of Raul Jimenez and Matheus Cunha.
The Blades will be desperate to avoid another morale-sapping heavy defeat on home turf. But Wolves are hungry to kick on after holding Newcastle last week.
The match will take place on Saturday, 4th November 2023, at Bramall Lane
Blades Brutally Exposed on Return to Big Time
Sheffield United's first Premier League season back in the top flight is proving an eye-watering reality check. At the Emirates, the outclassed Blades were torn apart by ruthless Arsenal.
United worked hard to frustrate the Gunners initially. But once Arsenal clicked into gear, the Blades had no answer to their incisive passing and movement.
Baptism of Fire for Overmatched Blades
Nketiah's clinical treble ripped the heart out of United, who couldn't match Arsenal's quality. By the end, the scoreline barely did justice to the Gunners' dominance.
This was a chastening experience for the promoted side as the gulf to the elite was ruthlessly exposed.
Toothless Blades Fail to Threaten
Sheffield United's blunt attack failed to muster a single shot on target all match. They lacked any cutting edge or creativity to threaten Arsenal's watertight defense.
Loan signing James McAtee flickered occasionally but couldn't provide the spark United needed. While veteran striker Billy Sharp found himself isolated up front as the Blades chased shadows.
With injuries biting into an already threadbare squad, manager Paul Heckingbottom simply lacked the personnel to pose any attacking threat.
Foderingham Errors Prove Costly
An individual nightmare afternoon for United keeper Wes Foderingham effectively put the game beyond the Blades at 2-0.
He slapped at a corner for Nketiah's second when he should have claimed it confidently. That early second-half error left United with a mountain to climb.
It continued Foderingham's shaky form since returning from injury. Without him finding consistency, United's survival hopes look bleak.
Heckingbottom Powerless to Inspire Fightback
Under-fire manager Paul Heckingbottom tried shuffling the pack with substitutions to spark a revival. But in truth, there was little he could do to alter the course of this one-sided demolition.
His threadbare, injury-hit squad simply lacked the required quality against one of the Premier League's elite teams. The gulf was dispiriting and demoralizing in equal measure.
While Heckingbottom remains upbeat in public, privately he must know that bridging this chasm in class appears an impossible task. It threatens to be a painfully long season for the Yorkshire club.
Hwang Wings It as Wolves Twice Battle Back Against Magpies
Before injury struck, Wolves' wandering wizard Pedro Neto was unplayable at times. He glided past defenders with ease, twisting blood out of Newcastle's backline.
Neto's clever movement and trickery on the ball gave right-back Kieran Trippier an evening to forget. The Portuguese ace breezed by Trippier as if he wasn't there to carve out chances.
Neto's set-piece delivery was equally impressive. His wicked corner created Wolves' first equalizer before hobbling off. Wolves will hope their magician recovers swiftly.
Bullish Hwang Saves the Day
Just when it looked like it wasn't his day, Hwang Hee-chan popped up with a crucial brace to earn Wolves a deserved point.
Initially, the Korean was left heartbroken after giving away a controversial penalty when Newcastle went 2-1 up. But Hwang didn't let his head drop, showing tremendous spirit.
His slaloming second-half equalizer was a dazzling solo goal. Hwang picked the ball up in his half before embarking on a jinking run that Newcastle's defenders couldn't halt.
From villain to hero, it was a terrific response from the tireless forward after his penalty misfortune.
Lemina Towers Above Toothless Defense
Mario Lemina demonstrated the defensive frailties in Newcastle's backline with a simple set-piece header for the Wolves' first equalizer.
The giant midfielder had a free run to power home a bullet header, leaving Newcastle's defense flat-footed. Lemina won his duel with ease, exposing the Magpies' vulnerability in the air.
For the Newcastle center-backs, it was a rude awakening after an otherwise comfortable opening half hour. Lemina bullied them with his height and physicality.
Cunha's Radar Goes Awry
On an otherwise encouraging night for Wolves, misfiring striker Matheus Cunha will be frustrated at fluffing several gilt-edged chances.
The Brazilian international still lacks a clinical edge after blazing over a golden first-half opportunity. His wayward finishing took the gloss off some bright build-up play.
Cunha worked hard leading the line but desperately needs to rediscover his scoring touch. Wolves won't keep squandering such presentable openings for long.
O'Neil's Changes Can't Spark Comeback
After losing Pedro Neto to injury, Wolves boss Gary O'Neil tried reshuffling his pack but couldn't force a dramatic late winner.
Throwing on giant striker Sasa Kalajdzic gave the Wolves more of an aerial threat. The Austrian caused some anxious moments for Newcastle.
But ultimately O'Neil's substitutions couldn't eke out one final chance. His team's spirited fightback at least earned a deserved point to maintain their European push.
Sheffield United: W. Foderingham, Luke Thomas, A. Trusty, J. Robinson, G. Baldock, Ben Osborn, Vinicius, O. Norwood, James McAtee, G. Hamer, C. Archer
Wolverhampton: Jose Sa, Max Kilman, Craig Dawson, Toti Gomes, R. Ait-Nouri, Mario Lemina, Thomas Doyle, N. Semedo, Matheus Cunha, Hwang Hee-Chan, S. Kalajdzic
Norwood vs Lemina
A key duel could take place in midfield between Sheffield United's Oliver Norwood and Wolves' Mario Lemina.
If Lemina gains the upper hand, Wolves can feed their hungry forwards. But if Norwood strings the play, the Blades have hope. A pivotal clash that could shape this contest.
Wolves should have too much-attacking firepower if Neto and Cunha are on song. Their dynamic duo can tear through Sheffield's fragile rearguard.
But the Blades will be fired up playing at Bramall Lane. If strikers Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp receive decent service, they can breach Wolves' leaky defense.