Wolves take on Sheffield United in their Premier League opener tonight, with kick-off at Bramall Lane at 6pm.

Fresh from signing his new contract at Molineux, Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping to begin the 2020/21 campaign in the right way – with three points and solid performance to boot.

Standing in the way of those three points are Chris Wilder’s Blades, who enjoyed a fine first season back in the Premier League last term, eventually finishing ninth.

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The last meeting between the sides ended 1-0 to United courtesy of a last-gasp John Egan header, and revenge will be on the cards for Nuno and his players.

Here’s how the manager could set up:


There shouldn’t be any surprises here, Rui Patricio is nailed on to start between the sticks.


Conor Coady and Willy Boly are nailed on, and Romain Saiss probably deserves the nod for his form during Project Restart.

The trio were very strong towards the end of 2019/20 and it would be strange to see Nuno move to change things there.


With Matt Doherty now long gone, right wing-back poses a bit of a headache for Nuno. There’s been talk Adama Traore could fill in temporarily and that might not be such a bad shout.

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The partnership between Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker was ever-improving last term, but it could be that the system simply doesn’t allow for the Belgian. Joao Moutinho could partner his fellow countryman in the engine room.

On the left, it would be nice to see £30,000-a-week star Ruben Vinagre (Spotrac) get a chance to cover for the injured Jonny, with Fernando Marcal to start from the bench.


Raul Jimenez will hope to start the season with a bang, and could get support from Diogo Jota and Daniel Podence either side of him.

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Podence showed some exciting glimpses last term, and him playing down the right with Adama overlapping could be a frightening prospect.

New signing Fabio Silva cost a lot of money, £35.6 million to be exact (BBC Sport), but a start could be unlikely amid his bedding in period.

3-4-3 – Rui Particio/Coady, Boly, Saiss/Traore, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre/Podence, Jimenez, Jota.

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